One of the coolest things about Bangalore is the amazing mix of people from all over the world who settle here.  And one of the most annoying things is when people who visit a place and then only hang out with those from the place they originally came from. When I moved here in 2010, I didn’t want to pick up a Lonely Planet and just be surrounded by other people from America {that’s where I moved from}. I didn’t want to drink in some dingy dive bar filled with dudes, but I also didn’t want to search for the fanciest place and pay INR 1,000 for a drink, only to realise I’m the only one in there.

When I would visit my cousins who grew up in Mumbai, every other month they would take me some place {despite all my Googling of what was trendy} that would blow me away.  Cheap drinks, great food and most importantly, an amazing crowd of local like minded twenty somethings along with everything else. They grew up here, and so just like when they visited me in Los Angeles, they just had a pulse on the city nobody really else did. So, that being said, if you’re in Bangalore, enjoying a fun weekend and wanna “do what everybody else does” and basically feel like you picked the right place to spend your Friday night, let me give you some tips for 2016 on how to spend it.

Destination: Indiranagar

Bangalore has a bunch of hotspots, but I’ll focus on Indiranagar here.  If downtown LA is Bangalore’s MG Road {e.g. some restaurants but mainly commercial/offices} then Indiranagar is the Santa Monica complete with bars, clubs, crowds from the middle class to extreme socialite, and most importantly, the area where most people who love LBB can be found.

Break Bread At

Hole In the Wall Cafe

Actually in Koramangala but close enough, head here for Western breakfasts with Indian twists. The Eggless Egg Burji is pretty cool.

Where: 4, 8th Main Road,  4th Block, Koramangala

Contact: 080 40949490

Price: INR 600 plus tax for two {approx.}

Timings: 9am – 12:30pm

Find out more about them here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Madurai Idly Shop

It’s great to see people from taxi drivers to Goldman Sach’s hotshots eating at this Indiranagar joint.

Where: 3051 80 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar

Contact: 080 25202255

Price: INR 200 for two

Timings: 7am – 10.30pm

Find out more about them here.

Dinner Without Drinks


Only open on weekends, OMG! The food is amazing and is typical, and authentic Coorgi style. Go here very hungry, and make sure you like pork.

Where477, Shri Krishna Temple Rd, Near Karnataka Bank, Indiranagar 1st Stage

Contact: +91 9845493688

Price: INR 475

Timings12.45pm – 3pm and 7.45pm – 11pm

When The Night Comes

Blistering Barnacles

If you have some friends and just want to be in a lively place with cheap drinks, this place is great.  They do their comedy nights below at the pub called Take 5.

Where: 54 100 Feet Ring Road, Indira Nagar

Contact: 080 41263332

Price: INR 1,400

Timings: Sundays-Thursday from 11am-11.30pm, Fridays and Saturday from 11am-1am

Follow them on Facebook here.


If you love live jazz or international or local music, this place on weekends is great for live performances.  Look up Book My Show to see what is happening here.

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

Contact: 080 25278361

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

Find them on Facebook here.


It’s pretty standard recommendation these days, but if you’re from out of town and want to see the most typical Bangalore mix of people and have amazing beer, this is packed any day of the week, from 1pm to 11pm. This is a great place for out-of-towners to be impressed that you took them somewhere nice {read: not empty}.

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

Contact: +91 9019713388

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

Find out more about them here. Follow them on Facebook here.

The Humming Tree

Nothing Indian about the food here, but a cool venue that caters to some of the biggest live musicians in the world {Skrillex, Mark Ronson, but more typically amazing Indian and international musicians too}.  Hipster is the best way to describe it – but it has the Bangalore charm with a huge terrace up top.  In fact, most Bangalore venues will have a terrace to enjoy the cool breeze of the city.  To be honest, when Skrillex was playing here until 2am, I was actually just enjoying the breeze and the crowds upstairs and just watching him play on a screen below!

Where: 949, 3rd Floor & Rooftop, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar

Contact: +91 9886618386

Price: INR 1,500 for two

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

Follow them on Facebook here.

And since I’m a comedian, I’d of course have to plug other places I do shows at like Take 5, Fiat Cafe, Tippler on the Roof.  But check Book My Show on weekends to see what is happening on any given day.

This piece is a part of our Makers for Makers series, where awesome folks from the Bangalore share what makes it to their Little Black Book.

Featured image via: Blistering Barnacles

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