A shoestring budget shouldn’t keep you from exploring what our lovely city has to offer. At least, that’s the attitude a lot of establishments are embracing – while opening their doors to patrons to come and experience what they have to offer, for free.

Yes, you heard us, we actually said the four-letter word: free.

Here are some of LBB’s favourite freebies in town.

Art Events At The National Gallery Of Modern Art

Housed at the Manikyavelu Mansion, the NGMA promotes the arts with a slew of complimentary activities. Walks organised every Wednesday and Saturday introduce you to the arts, film screenings during the weekends bring alive the work of the masters, and talks by leading curators paint a picture on varied aspects.

Where: 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road

Contact: 080 22342338

Timings: 10am – 5pm {closed on Mondays and national holidays}. Gallery walks on Wednesdays {11am – noon} and Saturdays {3pm – 4pm}

Check out their website here.

Book Readings And Book Launches At Atta Galatta


Focusing on regional literature, Atta Galatta is a cosy nook for book lovers in the city. Here, surrounded by books, you can participate in select events that don’t come with a fee attached. And, this includes readings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series to Allen Ginsberg’s poems, and book launches, followed by workshops and special events.

Where: 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala

Contact: 080 41600677

Timings: 11am – 8pm {closed on Mondays}

Find Atta Galatta on Facebook here for updates on events.

Check out their website here.

Cultural Experiences At Rangoli Art Center

The arrival of the Metro line has transformed the old boulevard walk on MG Road. It is now a thriving activity center that encourages Bangaloreans to come by for classical dance recitals, jam sessions, hoop circles and plays. You can even get your hands dirty at pottery classes and voice your opinions on citizen initiatives. With three gallery spaces in the centre, there’s also plenty of art to gawk at while you’re there.

Where: Rangoli Metro Art Center, Mahatma Gandhi Road

Contact: 080 22969265

Timings: 11am – 7.30pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Drink For Free At Ladies’ Nights Around The City

I-Bar for ladies nightsImage via I-BAR.

Women can drink and lose the bar tab at nightlife spots around the city. On Wednesdays, you can pop by Cirrus for drinks on the house. It’s i-Bar’s turn on Thursdays, and Friday nights can be spent grooving at ICE. Want more places to head to? Check out our complete list of ladies’ nights around town here.

Where: Cirrus, 765, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

Contact: 080 61344854

Find them on Facebook here.

i-Bar, The Park, 14/7, Mahatma Gandhi Road;

Contact: 080 25594666.

Check out their website here.

ICE, Vivanta by Taj, 41/3, Mahatma Gandhi Road;

Contact: 080 66604444

Check out their website here.

Makeovers At MAC

Don’t know how to wield a make-up brush? Just walk into MAC for a free demo. Highlight your best features, do the perfect smoky-eye, or achieve a flawless look with the right concealer – all with the guidance of professional make-up artists.

Where: MAC stores around the city {click here for a list of stores}

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Movie Screenings At Alliance Française

If you love world cinema, you’ll reel at what Alliance Francaise de Bangalore has in store for you. On second Wednesdays each month, movie buffs from the AF Cinéma Club meet up for a 7pm screening of the latest French movies. There’s more: fourth Thursdays are dedicated to French documentaries.

Where: 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar

Contact: 080 40808181

Find them on Facebook here for updates on events.

Check out their website here.

Sketch Sundays At Pencil Jam

Pencil JamImage via Pencil Jam.

Every Sunday, doodlers unite at interesting landmarks for a day of sketching. All you need to do to participate is RSVP for the event and show up with your sketchpad in hand. Through the session, you can catch up with fellow artists, hone your craft, and rediscover Bangalore through brushstrokes.

Contact: 080 41492446, +91 9901293823

Find details on next Sunday’s Pencil Jam on their Facebook page here.

Check out their website here.

Free coffee tasting at Starbucks

Free coffee at StarbucksImage via Starbucks

Walk into any Starbucks outlet and ask for a free coffee tasting session which introduces patrons to some of their in-house blends of coffees sourced from all over the world. The countries range from South America to Italy and Africa to India. The good folks at Starbucks not only give you free coffee and cake, but also help you understand and relish the flavours, aroma and taste associated with these blends.

Where: Starbucks outlets across the city; find a Starbucks near you here.

Timings: Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 11pm and Friday-Saturday, 10am – 1am

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Free samples at Kiehl’s


Image via Kiehl’s.

When it comes to beauty and skincare products, who doesn’t like a free sample or two? American apothecary and beauty company Kiehl’s provides free skin consultations, after which you can walk out with free samples of products that suit your skin type. Don’t be shy: just ask for them samples and you shall receive. Our favourite: the ultra-pricey but so good Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a few drops of which every night will leave you with supple skin.

Where: Orion Mall, Dr Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram; Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura.

Contact: 080 22682110 {Orion Mall}; 080 49626378 {Phoenix Marketcity}.

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Community Yoga Classes At Yogi-sthaan

Yoga enthusiasts, you don’t always have to sign up for classes to make sure you get your poses right. Instead, head to Yogi-sthaan on Sunday mornings to start your day with a session of community yoga class. With fellow practitioners around, you’re bound to learn a thing or two. And, it won’t cost you anything, either.

Where: 89, 11th Cross, 60 FT Road, 1st Stage, Indiranagar

Contact: 080 40914888

Timings: Sundays, 6am

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Sample Goodies At Foodhall

From cheeses and exotic dips to special dishes that are prepared as part of Foodhall’s monthly themed food festivals, there are quite a lot of goodies to be sampled here.

Where: Level 4, 1 MG Road Mall, Trinity Circle, MG Road

Contact:  080 22086533

Timings: 10.30am – 10pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Get Your Dose Of Puppy Love At A Dog Shelter

Love dogs but can’t keep them because of your busy work schedule? Or, perhaps, the idea of being around a pup {or two} just turns your day around? Well, then there are dog shelters like Second Chance {CUPA’s adoption centre} and Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre {CARE}, for you to hit up. Open to pet lovers {particularly over weekends}, this is where you can freely spend time petting the dogs or even volunteering for the day.

Where: CUPA Second Chance, 16/2B Roopena Agrahara, Madiwala

Contact: +91 9480173793

Timings: Weekends, 9.30am – 5.30pm

Find CUPA on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Where: CARE, Near Jakkur Lake, Jakkur Rd, Nehru Nagar

Contact: +91 9483911110 {should be informed in advance}

Timings: 11am – 3pm

Find CARE on Facebook here.

Check out CARE’s website here.

Weekend Events At Cubbon Park

Come Sunday, Cubbon Park turns into a breezy, eventful space with gatherings for everything from music jams, storytelling sessions, poetry readings and even plays. All for free, too!

Where: Cubbon Park, Behind High Court, Ambedkar Veedhi

When: On Sundays

Find event updates on Facebook here and here.

Image via Irish Film Festival.


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