Here are Bangalore’s best brewpubs which the beer lover simply should not miss.
One of the earliest brewpubs to open in Bangalore, Toit on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, still pulls beer lovers in. On weekends, there are waiting crowds outside. Spread over three levels, this is a warm space done up in wood. The Tin Tin Toit and Basmati Blonde are some of the most popular brews and they have seasonal specials as well. Toit customers love the pizza here.
Another pioneer among brewpubs, Bier Club has a swank address and is housed in a building with plenty of atmosphere on Vittal Mallya Road. Try here the ale, lager and stout or the beer cocktails. To eat, there are nachos, pizza, sausage platters and kebabs. Biere Club also serves breakfast. You can ask for a brewery tour, too.
Arbor Brewing Company
Arbor Brewing Company on Magrath Road is an American import and a buzzing place for serious beer buffs. You can feel the energy of all those happy quaffers when you are here, whether sipping a hefeweizen at the bar and playing a few rounds of foosball. A downtown pub that’s hugely popular with the CBD crowd.
This is a stylish space in Whitefield, with a pleasant outdoor deck. Windmills Craftworks has a range of craft beers and its Indian Pale Ale and Golden Ale have many fans. This is also a performance space and you can often catch a good jazz act or other live music gigs here.
Byg Brewsky in Sarjapur – there’s another branch now in Hennur – set the standar for really big brewpubs. This one is wrapped around a massive water feature with koi swimming in it. There’s a range of house brews and an eclectic menu that takes in everything from sushi to pizza and Mangalorean fish curry. The Byg Brewsky in Hennur is even larger, built to resemble an amphitheatre.
The Pump House
This is one of the newer entrants on the scene and brings the brewpub culture to once conservative South Bangalore. The Pump House is a vibrant space and is packed most nights, particularly on weekends. Try here the dark stout with its coffee notes and look out for seasonal brews. Tuck into kebabs, pizza or even a comforting maska bun with omelette.
Aurum Brew Works
Aurum adds to the burgeoning line-up of new places to chill in Sarjapur. This brewpub is stylishly done and an open terrace on the upper level is the place to be on cool Bangalore evenings. The craft beers are expertly brewed. Another reason to go here is the excellent and authentic Karnataka food on the menu – from Goli Bajji to Masala Fish Fry.
Xoox Brew Mill
Koramangala bursts with places to eat and drink. Xoox Brew Mill stands out with its cosy, warm interiors and friendly service. Try the apple cider here or order a fancy cocktail. The food hits the spot, too, with kulcha platters, sausage platters and some nice crafted main course dishes from across the world.
Arena Artisanal Brewkitchen
This brewpub and restaurant on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, grabs attention with its pyramid design. Inside it’s all ultra modern with a profusion of glass and steel. Besides the standard brews, you can also order a glass of mead here. To eat, there are artisanal flatbread pizzas, fondue and an extensive Japanese selection.
Alchemy is at the Chancery Pavilion on Residency Road. The breezy outdoor deck which affords a view of the city from above is a big draw here. So are the beers made with Australian expertise. The food is modern Indian, served in style. This makes Alchemy an excellent restaurant as well.