Long before the swanky clubs and microbreweries took over the city, we had charming, old-fashioned beer pubs. Many of them offering just mugs of draught beer along with bar nibbles and a background of lively music. While fashionable microbreweries and hip gastropubs might be the flavour of the season, these old-school places still stand tall and strong, with their own loyal following.

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pecos for their beer, food and music

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When it comes to beer pubs, nothing quite says iconic like Pecos. Over 25 years since it first opened doors (in 1989), this place has remained a favourite of pub-goers (from the college-going crowd to those looking to wind down after a weary workday), be it for their signature retro rock music or the pitchers of draught beer you get to guzzle (all at pocket-friendly rates too). We love their classic Dosa Chicken combo just as much as their other bar food (think spicy Chicken Dry Fry). And, country rock, blues, reggae and jazz music to go with it!

Where: 303, 100 Feet Rd, Indira Nagar 2nd Stage; 4/1, St Marks Rd; 189, Brigade Road and 34, Rest House Rd

When: 11am-11pm

Contact: 080 40905462 (St. Marks Road)

Price: INR 800 for two

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Windsor Pub

go to windsor pub for their beer and food in vasanth nagar

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Pick from good old chilled beer or Shandy while you wait for your pub grub here. Walls adorned with old jazz and rock posters (with music to match), and a laidback vibe add to the old world charm of Windsor Pub. Tuck in to the meaty offerings here (their Vedi Erachi and Pandi Curry come highly recommended) while you catch up with old friends or just treat yourself to an evening of comfort food and beer.

Where: 7, Koduva Samaja Building 1st, 1st Main Rd, Vasanth Nagar

When: 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm

Contact: 080 22258847

Price: INR 1,000 for two

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Jimi’s Beer Cafe

Dimly lit with a rock n’ roll vibe, illuminated Jimi Hendrix posters and loud music in the background, Jimi’s Beer Cafe is one for the rock lovers. The place sees a steady stream of regulars, be it for the beer, their variety of cocktails (they also have beer cocktails) or the steaks. And, one of the best things? They have happy hours throughout the week!

Where: 1081, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar; 467, Koramangala 6th Block; 17/1, Residency Road; 5th Floor, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road; 5th Floor, Garuda Swagath Mall, Jayanagar and 90/3, Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli

When: 11am-12am

Contact: +91 9886078879 (Koramangala outlet)

Price: INR 1,000 for two

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Sherlock’s Pub

go to sherlock's pub for their beer and food in marathahalli

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Started over two decades ago, this pub is done up with a charming Holmes-theme (think exposed brick walls with framed posters of the famous detective). While they do have enough booze to choose from, the draught beer on tap is what you should order here. Along with a helping of their bar nibbles, of course. They also have quite a lot of grub to choose from as well.

Where: 60/1, Coles Road, Frazer Town and 19, 2nd Floor, Krishna Senate, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli

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

Contact: +91 8880300600

Price: INR 1,300 for two

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Tavern at the Inn

go to tavern at the inn in museum road for music and relaxed time

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An English pub with contemporary rock or retro music to tap your feet to while you down a couple of beers, Tavern has an old-fashioned decor and warm vibes to go with it. Perfect for a relaxed evening after work, we think.

Where: Museum Rd, Shanthala Nagar

When: Sunday-Thursday, 4pm-11.30pm, Friday-Saturday, 4pm-1am

Contact: 080 41113333

Price: INR 1,500 for two

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Noon Wines

While Kingfisher lager beer and their in-house red wine are the only options, this old-school dive bar (also known as Scottish Pub) lets you sit back with a book (no loud music here, most of the time) or just have a chat with friends. Not too high on the ambience factor, their finger food (try the Peanuts Masala or the Cheese Pineappale Cherry Squares) is quite a favourite among regulars.

Where: 17/21, Vasavi Complex, St Marks Road

When: 11am-11pm

Contact: 080 22215002

Price: INR 600 for two

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The Pub World

Probably one of the oldest pubs in the city, The Pub World represents the Bangalore of yore and has been an all-time favourite hangout spot for years. The cosy place (with its ambience very much like a typical English pub) won’t take too long to help you settle in with a pitcher of their great beer. And the music (no blaring tracks here to bother you) featuring classic tracks might just take you back to good ol’ days.

Where: 65, Residency Road, Lakshmi Plaza, Ashok Nagar

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

Contact: 080 25582506

Price: INR 1,700 for two

Down Town

Want a watering hole that serves good beer on a budget? Down Town is your answer. While there are enough pubs in the area to give them competition, it has stood the test of time, much to our happiness.

Where:  41/42, Residency Plaza, Residency Road

When: Sunday-Thursday, 11am-11pm and Friday-Saturday, 11am-Midnight

Contact: 080 25581193

Price: INR 1,000 for two

Purple Haze

go to purple haze for their rock music and drink deals

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From the same folks as Jimi’s Beer Cafe, Purple Haze is just as dedicated to rock music. Having been around for more than fifteen years, their different branches have been drawing rock enthusiasts from across the city. Known for their amazing music, upbeat vibes and drinking deals, we aren’t surprised they are considered iconic!

Find a Purple Haze near you here.

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

Contact: +91 9632201065 (Residency Road)

Price: INR 1,600 for two

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Featured image via: Pecos