You matched online and are going on your first date. Head to these bars that are always crowded, very public and casual. They are perfect to break the ice at. And, if the date doesn't work out, at least you've got great drinks and food.
Met Online? Break The Ice On Your First Date At These Bars In Pune
The Urban Foundry
The casual, industry-esque bar on Balewadi High Street has outdoor and indoor seating. We’d recommend sitting out. The food is non-messy, and if you’re meeting on a weekday then the space has deals on each day of the week. If you’re meeting for lunch on a Saturday, that’s even better. It’s a lovely space to be at in the day too, and the risk of meeting a stranger is put off. Plus, they’ve got their happy hours till 6 p.m., so it’s an absolute win-win. A meal for two at The Urban Foundry will cost you around INR 1500.
Elephant and Co.
Ask anyone in Pune for a good bar to hangout at, Elephant & Co. is always on their list. You just know that you’ll be among the hippest crowd in the city and also manage to find privacy. With some decor always hanging down from the makeshift ceiling, to the community table around the tree, this place is casual and fun all at once. Whether you’re in Kalyani Nagar or Baner, this bar is ideal to meet your match at.
A big plus is that Elephant & Co. has an Elephant Shot. If you are ever uncomfortable and want to leave, you can go to the bar and ask for this shot and the staff will book you a cab and ensure you're leaving the bar safely. A meal for two at ECO would cost you INR 1400.
Independence Brewing Company
If you love craft beer, this is an ideal place to stop by at. Sip on the brews on tap and gorge on finger food while you chat away. The Mundhwa and Balewadi High Street outlets are both well-lit, roomy and popular among a lot of people in Pune, so you’ll be in a safe and comfortable environment all through the evening. Plus, you and your date can bond over craft beers and find out if that's your thing. A meal for two at Independence Brewing Company would cost you around INR 1500.
If you are looking for a great view with the great company you'll already be in, then head to Cafe CO2 in Bhugaon. Located right beside Manas Lake, at CO2 you can enjoy a great conversation while taking in the greenery around you. Their set up is spread across an open space with comfortable sofas and cabanas. They also have a massive dance floor where you can break it down with your date, if all goes great! Try their in-house cocktails and kebabs as that's what people rave about C02. They also serve herbal hookahs in different flavours. A meal for two at Cafe CO2 will cost you INR 1000.
Great music, rooftop setting, potent drinks and delicous food - what else can you ask off a place on your first date? Thikana in Koregaon Park is a great place for a first date if you are on a tight budget. Their rooftop set up is light up golden lights and the interiors are quite cozy as well. You can get IMFL here for as cheap as INR 99 and with their daily offers on beers and their in-house cocktails, you can enjoy a boozy date within INR 500. You can pair up your drinks with their array of starters and bar bites. A meal for two at Thikana would cost you INR 1000.
If you are in Pune for a long time you already know that SWIG is a favourite among all young adults. Started with one location Koregaon Park, SWIG now has two more addresses and we think the one on S.B Road is a great place for a pocket friendly first date. Compared to the other two outlets, there is more seating space at S.B Road and they also have quite corners where you can talk to your date without any disturbance or loud music. Their happy hours are on tipp 9:00 pm everyday so make sure you stock up on those drinks. A meal for two at SWIG will cost you around INR 1000.
Genuine Broaster Chicken
Month end crunches but still want to meet your date really bad? Head to Broasters at Balewadi High Street. This place might look small and limited from the outside but wait till you see their menu. From delicious plates of set meals to burgers and ofcourse crunchy fried chicken, you can gorge on some delicious food for very reasonable rates. And the best part? Their alcohol is super cheap! You can find IMFLs starting at only INR 59 for a peg of 30 ml. A meal for two here would cost you around INR 500-600.
Bar Stock Exchange
At the BSE in Koregaon Park, they have an ample amount of seating options which makes it a great place for any kind of occasion. If you are out on a first date, opt for their outdoor seating on the rooftop. Bid on your favourite drinks and get them for as cheap as INR 100. You can easily impress your date with great food and drinks for less than INR 800.
Now if you are looking for a chilled out date and already know your date has a thing for rock music then Hidden Place is the perfect option. Their outlet in Kothrud is a little different from any of their other ones. Get a tower of beer here for less than INR 700 on hapy hours and munch on some great bar bites. We did mention great music right? Hidden Place is known for playing some amazing rock music along with some old classics as well.