Alright, so when we’re indoors, we may not get to do the thing with our lighters where we sway from side to side at the end of a concert, but we’ll never get over our love for live performances. With the growing indie music scene {yay!}, we’re happy to see Gurgaon playing host to artists and bands that always manage to pack in a crowd. Here’s where to catch a live gig in Gurgaon.

Striker

Photo source: Striker Pub

Photo source: Striker Pub

Along with a wide variety of DJs, Striker hosts live music acts through the week. These have ranged from the Sufi band Jugni to rock band Toya; we still remember a really great night of Advaita and Usha Uthup from their first anniversary celebration!

Where: First Floor, Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road,Sector 43, Gurgaon

For more information, check out their Facebook page here

Turquoise Cottage

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Photo source: Turquoise Cottage

TC will continue to try tirelessly to popularise the live music scene. Moving on from its original pure rock roots, TC has a gig lined up almost every weekend, ranging from the Blues and Rock, to Soul, Jazz and tribute nights. Their Rabbit Hole Sessions feature senior musicians indulging in some impromptu jam sessions; that makes us sort of groupies, doesn’t it?

Where: MA-03 DLF Place Mall, Saket

Find out more here.

Manhattan, The Craft Brewery

Photo source: Manhattan Brewery & Bar Exchange

Photo source: Manhattan Brewery & Bar Exchange

As hosts of last years United Unplugged Uttarakhand concert {organised to help raise funds for flood victims} featuring big wigs Rabbi Shergill, Advaita and Susmit Sen Chronicles amongst others, and of course everyone’s favourite comedy night in town, Manhattan has grown to be a rather popular venue for live performances and gigs. With a strong focus on variety, their programming can be a tad erratic; check their calendar before heading over.

Where: First Floor, Global Foyer Mall, Sector 43, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Find out more here.

Cocktails And Dreams, Speakeasy

Photo source:Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy

Photo source: Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy

Small and intimate with a winning cocktail menu, Cocktails And Dreams, Speakeasy is every jazz lover’s haven. They feature acoustic sets, with a heavy focus on jazz, funk and the blues, bringing us all our favourites from Sonam Kalra, to Adil & Vasundhara, to emerging favourites like Complicated Easy & Rie Ona.

Seating is limited and given the acoustic vibe, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Arrive early to grab the best seats in the house.

Where: Sector 15-2, Gurgaon

Find out more here.

Hard Rock Café

Photo source: The Hard Rock Cafe India

Photo source: The Hard Rock Cafe India

This needs no introduction. Hard Rock Cafe is probably one of the few venues fully equipped for a live set. With the likes of Imogen Heap and Wolfmother having graced their stage, Hard Rock lives up to its long and rich lineage with big name gigs like Switchfoot as well as up-and-coming local legends like Play It By Ear.

Where: Ground Floor, CyberHub, Gurgaon

Find out more here.

Sandy’s Cocktails & Kitchen

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Photo source: Sandy’s Cocktails & Kitchen

With a suspiciously similar set-up to a very popular speakeasy in Gurgaon, we’ll give Sandy’s points for the Billie Holiday mural painted on to the stage backdrop, to start with. Their set up sees many happy tipplers getting nostalgic on Sunday Open Mic Nights; for more professional vocals, check their gig schedule as they get offbeat international bands from time to time to drop by Gurgaon for a day.

Where: Sector 29, behind Westin Gurgaon {away from main Sector 29 market}

Find out more here.

Raasta

Photo source: Raasta Gurgaon

Photo source: Raasta Gurgaon

For Rastafarian nights, chilled beer and good music, Gurgaon’s Raasta serves you well. Keep a close watch on their Facebook page – updated regularly with all the deets about upcoming gigs. They organise Band Nights every Sunday so that your week starts on the right note. Up and coming artists are featured regularly, so come out and show your support!

Where: Second Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City

Follow them on Facebook here.

Featured photo: Manhattan Brewery & Bar Exchange