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Get Your Culture Vulture On At These Six New Spots In Town That Opened This Year

Sreepathy posted on 20 December

The year is ending and with that comes a bucket list of things that you need to do before it’s 2018. One such bucket list is how many new venues and culture spots you have hit this year. Well, finding out the new venues and culture spots is our job, the only thing you need to do is see if you checked these places out. Oh, and we when we say places, don’t mean two, we mean six new places. Without further ado, here’s 2017’s newest venues and culture spots in the town for you to hit up before the clock strikes 12 midnight on Sunday, December 31.

Rasa Cafe

In our opinion, we love the combo this cafe serves up — cafe bites with a side of dance. Run by the Kalpavriksha Academy of Art and Learning, a school for arts and culture, this dance-themed cafe is all about promoting the different dance forms by providing artists with a performance space. And of course, make it easily accessible to dance enthusiasts like us {waving your arms about is dance-ish, okay!}. Since they are fairly new to the circuit, there are plenty of things in the pipeline like dance workshops, fresh new dance acts, and live acts. You can read more about the food and the cafe here.


57/200, 1st Floor, 6th Cross, Nanjappa Garden, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru


Located on Indiranagar’s famed 12th Main, Meeraqi’s space is for the artist in you. Dedicated to the arts, classes and workshops across artistic disciplines — from dance to design, are what these guys do best. Aerial yoga, jazz, Hindustani music and freestyle dancing are amongst the few classes that you can sign up for. And the idea behind this collaborative art space is that over time you open yourself to learning more than one skill or discipline. We love the sound of a community that’s open to such ideas. And here’s what we had to say in depth about Meeraqi.

Classes & Workshops

601, 1st Floor, 12th Main, Opp. Hagen Daz, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

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The Humming Tree 2.0

The Humming Tree {THT} is Bangalore’s hub for music and other cultural acts. Having hosted Parekh & Singh to The HandleBards {theater company that does Shakespeare’s plays, on cycles} this year, the space underwent a makeover. And that’s how THT 2.0 was born. Located in the same building as the original THT, this new space {they have taken up one more floor} is dedicated solely for live music, theatre, spoken word poetry, workshops, and anything else you call a performance.

Casual Dining

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

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The Bubble Room

It’s your studio for reconnecting with your hobbies or even finding a new one. The Bubble Room in Jayanagar hosts everything from yoga sessions to pastry classes and being a recreational space, the place is always buzzing with activity come rain or sunshine. A little more about the event space is that it’s set up to host all kinds of activities from art and craft classes, cooking workshops and yoga sessions to pop-up sales, exhibitions and musical guests. Just look at their Facebook page and you will know what we are talking about. Or better you can read more about The Bubble Room here.

Classes & Workshops

215, 39 A Cross Road, 5th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru

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When The Happiest Place In Town shut shop on Palace Road, you could say that the entire city went into collective mourning. But hey, they are back and this time in a bigger and better space located in Harlur, on the Varthur Hobli Road. Goan sausages, karaoke, live music and all-day party vibes — quintessential Opus as we would like to say, it’s the perfect place to rub shoulders with like-minded people and of course, Carlton Braganza himself {it’s his club after all}. And the legendary Kroak Nights are back as well! It was the city’s most iconic karaoke night ever. And back in the day, you’d have to wait for hours for your turn, and if you didn’t get a chance, you’d return the week after for it! Yes, that’s how legendary it is.


26, Varthur Hobli, Near HP Petrol Bunk, Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru


Koramangala’s new music space is about playlists that mainly consists of original compositions from local artists, Blues/Rock, and Experimental Electronica, so folks, you’ve got enough tracks to shake a leg after a couple of drinks. Even though it’s currently dedicated to music performances, we hear it’ll be soon open to workshops, slam poetry, and even stand-up comedy. In terms of decor, it resembles The Smoke Co. {Primal is above it} — exposed bricks and that distinct glass-house effect. Sit-down tables fill the large space up that’s flanked by a bar on one side, serving all kinds of poison to set you for the night. Exposed brick walls, wooden flooring and hanging light fixtures give off a very industrial look and feel, but more on that here.

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501, 2nd Floor, 6th Cross Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru

Sound Garden At The Indian Music Experience

Modelled around the Museum of Pop Culture {also known as the Experience Music Project} in Seattle, Bangalore’s very own version will look to combine education with entertainment. So, you can look forward to plenty of interactive experiences. This will also be one of the rare museums where you will be encouraged to touch and feel things instead of just viewing it studiously from a distance. Some of our favourites at the garden include The Sound Table, a giant xylophone of sorts that you play with a mallet, The Sound Strip that runs across an entire wall that you can play up and down your path to their basement, and the Sound Stone, that is just a simplistic block of marble that also vibrates to give off sound and make music. You can read more about the Sound Garden here.