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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Dub Pistols inaugurated the stage at the Bangalore blueFrog in June 2015, and since then there’s been no looking back. You name it {no, really try} and they’ve already played here or will do so soon. From national celebrities such as The Raghu Dixit Project and the F16s to local shooting stars such as Allegro Fudge, the vibes here scream indie. If you’re looking for international artistes too, then the likes of The Wailers have also visited. Head here for some true-blue gig atmosphere.

Where: #3, Church Street

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

Contact: 080 69999549

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Hard Rock Café

While the stage here is at an odd height, which requires you to crane your neck to catch a glimpse of the artiste {forget eyeing the drummer in the back though}, there is something about a live performance in an old, stone bungalow which used to be the Bible Society – that itself makes you feel like a rule-bending rocker! As per usual, rock memorabilia dots the walls and you can really get into the groove by standing around your tables and dancing. Heavyweight gigs, competitions and weekends see tables moved to make room for headbangers, so it’s best to reserve in advance.

Where: 40, St Marks Road

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

Contact: 080 41242222

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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.

Where: 776, 2nd Floor, 100 feet Road, Indiranagar

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

Contact: 080 25278361

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The Humming Tree

The second newest kid on the block, this dark horse came and totally upset the live gig apple cart with their line-up of indie gigs. John Steadman, Skrillex, Dualist Inquiry, Indus Creed, Massive Attack, The Vaccines…should we go on? Chilled out, warm and high on energy, we love this place for the casual vibes and camaraderie among gig-goers. Oh and did we mention that The Humming Tree is also hipster central.

Where: 949, 3rd Floor, 12th Main, off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

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

Contact: +91 9886618386

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Indigo Live Music Bar

Be it rock, hip-hop or even pop, Indigo Live Music Bar translates the Indigo 91.9 radio station to the stage. Mixing it around with jazz days, karaoke {that classifies as a gig right?}, and even some college and pro competitions, you can go here every day of the week and find yourself dancing to different tunes, quite literally. Tables are at a bit of a distance from the stage giving you a great view of the whole band. We love that the bar too has a view of the gig area, so you don’t feel like you’re cheating on the music with a cocktail!

Where: 71/72, Jyoti Nivas College Road, 6th Block, Industrial Layout, Koramangala

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

Contact: 080 25535330

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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.

Where: No. 331, 5B Road, EPIP Zone, next L&T Infotech, Whitefield

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

Contact: +91 8880233322

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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?}.

Where: #3 Princess Academy, Ramanna Maharishi Road, Palace Grounds

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

Contact: +91 8884227447

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 Take 5

Another place to catch local, upcoming or old school bands, Take 5’s walls themselves set the mood with images of musician dotting them. Keeping with the name the music is dominantly jazz, blues and retro rock, the small yet vibrant space is a lounge bar right out of New York, with long sharing high-tables and all. While a lot of original music is played here, covers reign supreme with Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Queen and Blondie being the top replayed artistes.

Where: 64, MSK Plaza, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

When: 11.30am-11.30pm

Contact: 080 39236119

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