If it's Music, it's got to be Live: Our Pick of Gig Venues in Town

Aakanksha posted on 07 November

Love music? Like it even more if it is live? We’ve curated a list of places you simply must go to, if watching a gig is what you call a good night out. Whatever genre it may be – from rock to jazz {not EDM, for now though}, you’re sure to find a live act at one of these venues. Perhaps it’ll be an acclaimed band, an almost-famous one or even a future Grammy-winning outfit on their debut night, these places will hook you up with beats, riffs and solos, all played-a-live.

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The Humming Tree

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blueFrog

blueFrog

Blue Frog opened in Bangalore in 2015 and two years down the line, there’s a gig here every day for you to attend and enjoy. They even have a calendar installed outside the restaurant, where you can check out the dates that an artist you fancy is playing on. Along with the party, sample some of their signature cocktails and gorge on the yummy food – a mix of Indian and continental food. From a load of tribute gigs to EDM shows and jazz performances, the genres here are aplenty.

When: Sunday to Thursday noon-11pm and Friday to Saturday noon-1am

Bars

3, Ground Floor, Church Street, Bengaluru

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Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Cafe needs no introduction. The high stage along with the rocker ambiance is an iconic pilgrimage for most Bangaloreans and others alike. The old, stone bungalow mixed with the rock memorabilia all over the walls and the guitars hung makes for a great atmosphere to enjoy the gigs in. Gorge on the legendary all American burgers and a glass of beer and call it perfection!

When: Monday to Thursday, noon-11.30pm, Friday, noon-1am, Saturday, 8.30am-1am, Sunday, 8.30am-11.30pm

Casual Dining

40, Opp. LIC Building, St. Marks Road, Bengaluru

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The bFlat Bar

More of a launchpad for young bands, this old-school stage is great to catch upcoming artistes. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not always amateur night {though they too seem pretty pro to us}. Chronic Blues Circus, White Mug, Thermal And A Quarter and The Amsterdamns {indeed, from The Netherlands and Romania}, have graced the stage, and you’ll love the way the acoustics make sure no one, even in a dark corner, is left out. Food from the above High Note makes it a win-win situation.

When: Daily 11.30am-3.30pm, Sunday to Thursday 6.30pm – 11.30pm and Friday to Saturday, 6.30pm-1am

Bars

776, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

The Humming Tree

Possibly one of the best and most popular gig venues in town right now, The Humming Tree has hosted and hosts artists, local and international playing all sorts of genres. From Thermal And A Quarter and Blackstratblues to metal giants Nitro and even EDM gigs including Dualist Inquiry and BLOT having performed here, there’s a gig or an event happening every day. You could even come here for an open mic night and show off your skill! You can enjoy the music with a selection of food and drinks from their stacked menu.

When: Sunday to Thursday, noon-11.30pm, Friday to Saturday, noon-1am

Casual Dining

949, 3rd Floor, 12th Main, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

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Indigo XP

The newest addition to the lineup, Indigo Live is back as Indigo XP! From local to international and so much more, this, like The Humming Tree is another place that’s going to have an event every day. Though the place hasn’t fully opened yet, we’re excited and are eagerly waiting for them to open their doors, so that we can run in and experience it for ourselves. They’ve also got a pretty interesting food menu lined up, so you can find out more here and get excited with us!

When: Sunday to Thursday, 11am-11pm, Friday to Saturday, 11am-1am

Pubs

Elite Building, 5th Floor, Industrial Layout, Jyoti Nivas College Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

Windmills Crafts Work

Acoustics here are an absolute dream and you’ll find a slightly more niche crowd here, drawn by the equally niche music that the place is known for. The microbrewery-cum-performance venue is usually host to jazz and fringe artistes. Think The Flat Cats, Blackstrat Blues and the Dutch outfit Wired Paradise. The Raghu Dixit Project, Lucky Ali and Bombay Jayshree are other names who are regulars here. Perfect to get into the mellow mood of jazz and sip on fine craft beer to complete the perfect experience.

When: Sunday to Thursday, 11.30 am-11.30pm, Friday-Saturday, 11.30am-1am

Breweries

331, 5th B Road, EPIP Zone, Next To KTPO, Whitefield, Bengaluru

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Pebble

Touted to be the first, and perhaps only, outdoor venue, Pebble has long been the home of eclectic and underground artistes from far and near. You can expect everything from Diana King {oh yes, indeed}, the Twisted Metal fest, Grey Matter, and even the likes of Distortion Culture. For the uninitiated, that means music ranging from reggae, hard rock, metal, progressive as well as experimental rock awaits you. Oh and also Apache Indian and Infected Mushroom {live DJs count, no?}.

When: Sunday to Thursday, 7pm-11.30pm and Friday to Saturday, 7pm-1am

Lounges

3, Ramana Maharishi Road, Palace Grounds, Sadashiv Nagar, Bengaluru

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Take 5

Booze, grub and live music – it doesn’t get any better. And you’ve gotta take a while {let’s say, five?} to give Take5 some special mention. Bar snacks like chili chicken and nachos on the table, with beer flowing and a good music or comedy show to top it all off – sounds like an evening well spent to us. And the shows here aren’t just music – stand up comedy, dance, live bands, karaoke – you’re in for a treat! Girish and the Chronicles have performed here too, and if you love your blues and jazz, make it a point to follow them on their Facebook page for more info on when to make an evening out of it!

When: 11.30am-11.30pm

Bars

64, MSK Plaza, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

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Social

Possibly Bangalore’s favorite hangout spot, Social is a treasure for music, food, drinks and a good time. There’s a lot of EDM gigs here, a lot of events and a lot of other artists that come here as well. And since two of the three Socials in Bangalore have now started to serve alcohol again, Social has now got its old charm back and we’re sure that whenever you go here, you’re in for a ball.

When: 9am-12:30am

Lounges

118, Koramangala Industrial Area, 7th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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