When one thinks of the live music scene in Bangalore, there are certain popular names that come to almost everyone’s mind. The great thing about music is that you don’t need a great big stage with equipment to make it and share it. Get an ordinary acoustic guitar and a harmonica and you’re good to go. And that’s what we’re trying to get in sync with. We’re looking at a few places that probably won’t be among the first names that come to mind when you want to have some good food, ale and check out some great bands.

Church Street Social

Besides being one of the busiest places almost every day of the week, Church Street Social is quite the hub of fun and serious activities such as karaoke night, social offline, vinyl trading and much more. Naturally, music isn’t too far behind with the venue promoting numerous popular international and local electronic and hip hop acts such as Sarah Farina, MADBOY/MINK, Dualist Inquiry and others. With a slightly tight venue and music bouncing off the brick walls, you can’t help but get into the party mood. My favourite poison has been the Bira beer {which will be back in stock soon…fingers crossed} or the Two Lost Souls Swimming in a Fish Bowl cocktail with a plate of the Pork Belly Pops.

Where: 46/1, Cobalt Building, Church Street

Price: INR 1,400 {plus tax} for two

Contact: 080 41622755

Timings: 9am-11.30pm

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Cafe Mezzuna

While the restaurant is known for relatively inexpensive yet scrumptious Continental food such as their Grilled Prawns with Lemon and Basil Sauce, Chilled Watermelon Salad and my favourite, the Grilled Morrocan Lamb chops, the al fresco area sometimes features simple stripped down acoustic bands. The most recent band to have played there was the By2Blues. Throw in some nice cold beer, and you’re all set for the evening.

Where: 15/16, Ground Floor, House of Lords, St Mark’s Road,

Price: INR 1,200 for two

Contact: +91 80 22112896

Timings: Sunday-Thursday from noon-11.30pm, Friday and Saturday from noon-1am

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While Toit would definitely make to your list of microbreweries, it probably wouldn’t feature in the list of venues for live music. While it’s not exactly built for live acts, Toit has hosted a fair number of bands including namma Bengaluru’s Thermal And A Quarter, Suraj Mani and the Tattva Trip, Peter Cat Recording Company, One Girl Shy and many other bands from the indie scene. Make sure you get there early to grab a good seat, a tall glass of the Toit Tintin with either their chicken wings or any of their pizzas. I’m also a big fan of their Meatball Spaghetti.

Where: 298, 100 Feet Road, Near KFC Restaurant, Indiranagar

Price: INR 325 upwards

Contact: +91 9019713388

Timings: Sunday-Thursday from noon-11.30pm, Friday and Saturday from noon-1am

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Big Pitcher

This is another venue that probably won’t be among the top few when you think of live music, but the venue does offer patrons a healthy mix of DJs and live music from big bands such as the Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate and White Mug. Tuesday nights, known as the Big Jam, has bands fresh to the music scene play here. These include bands like Motorwide, Inception and Mother Root. The venue has also hosted pre-gigs for the hallowed Bangalore Open Air metal gig too. Irrespective of what you eat or drink, do try the Trio Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

Where: 4121/P, L R Arcade, Old Airport Road, HAL 3rd Stage

Price: INR 1,800 for two

Contact: 080 45530000

Timings: Sunday-Thursday from 11am-11.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-1am

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The Beer Cafe

Bangalore now has not one, but two Beer Cafes. Newbies on the scene, both venues have not been very aggressive in promoting live acts, and have focussed most of their messaging and branding on beer. That being said, musical acts such as Tea for 2, Anish and Anisha, Mahesh and the Mix and Dirty Work have been some of the more prominent acts to have played at these venues. Beer Café offers you an array of familiar pub food that should please all palates.

Where: 80 Feet Road, Koramangala {opposite Café Coffee Day, near Maharaja signal} and 307, Ground Floor, 1st Stage, KP Square, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

When: Monday to Thursday 11am – 11pm. Friday and Saturday 11am – midnight.

Contact: 080 41252456 {Koramangala} and 080 40982456 {Indiranagar}

Price: INR 1,200 for two

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Murphy’s Brewhouse

One of the more recent additions to the Bengaluru scene, besides having regular EDM nights over the weekend, Murphy’s has also played host to live music acts like White Mug, Thakara, Thermal Projekt and others. While EDM does seem to be the strongest musical brew in this venue, it’s still got what it takes to bring in live acts to accompany the beer. The Beer Battered Prawns with Carolina Sauce and the Chilli Cheese Finger Toast were my choices the last time I went here, to be paired with the Blackbeard from their beer menu.

Where: 139/28, The Paul, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur Layout

Price: INR 1,500 for two

Contact: 080 40477777

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

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Featured image courtesy: Rajeev Cherian via Church Street Social

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