So where do Bengaluru’s 20-year-olds go to drink and dance? This group, coveted by restauranteurs goes out a lot. While they are generally forgiving of bad food, they instantly change loyalties the minute they sense that the place has lost its edge. Best of all, they go out in herds. So here are some recommendations
13th floor is beloved because of its affordable food, great views, well-priced drinks and food that caters to the carnivores and gluten-free dieters with equal aplomb.
Watson’s is another favourite although nobody was able to articulate why. I suspect that Watson’s like Koshy’s is a beloved Bangalore habit, a memory, somewhere you have gone to forever.
21st Amendment Gastrobar: This is all things that Urban Solace used to be with a lot more space. Different nights, different things ranging from karaoke, stand-up, DJ, dancing and of course, Bollywood nights on Saturdays. Forget the food or drink. Go here to dance.
Geist Brewing Company: Geist has two outlets, one in Old Madras Road (OMR) and a just-opened one in Bharatiya Mall. The OMR one is more atmospheric, the Bharatiya Mall is a lot more spacious.
Adda 1522: Any place that has Paul Fernandes’ illustrations on the walls and red oxide floors is someone who knows Old Bangalore. This one does pretty cocktails and comfort food.
Daysie: With a bright pink awning and well-priced cocktails, this restobar just off M.G. Road is patronised by large groups.
7Rivers Brewing Company: Located inside the Taj M.G. Road, this is one of the few breweries in star hotels that takes its beer seriously.
New BEL Road Social: Church Street Social is still going strong but Riyaz Amlani, the man behind it has opened a sprawling outlet in New BEL road. Its location makes it a hit while the tested-and-tried formula doesn’t fail in the food and drink department.
Mirage: This self-described ‘opulent’ bar is worth visiting for the people watching if nothing else. College students go here when they want to dress up a bit, drink and dance.
Uru Brewpark in J.P. Nagar has a great selection of Indian gins and a number of well-crafted cocktails in its 17-page bar menu.