A little music to tap along to with your food and beverages elevates the experience to a different level. At these venues in Bangalore, you may headbang to heavy metal, sing along to Bollywood numbers, rock and roll to classics, or relax and listen to soothing indie and folk music. If you're experiencing mid-week blues, then this is your cue to plan an evening at one of these places with your buddies.
Hard Rock Cafe
If you want slamming burgers, international flavours curated for the Indian palate and banging music, go to the Hard Rock Cafe right away. You'll stay in the groove with tributes to bands like Coldplay, witness a Battle of the Champions, and original band performances of metal and rock, and even sway to classics from the 70s - 90s. In the lively alleyway of St. Mark's Road, HRC with flashy lighting and old stone walls adorned with guitars conveys a feeling of Americana.
Address: 40, St Mark's Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
When: Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Price: INR 500/- onwards
Bar House Kitchen (1BHK)
This Koramangala joint is gaining popularity for its Goan cuisine and thriving ambience dotted with greenery, yellow walls, and airy space that brings a piece of Goa to you. The place is ideal for a midweek romantic night or a dinner scene with friends thanks to jazz performances, indie numbers, and easy-going music that are complemented by their candle-lit dinners. If you're not a night owl, stop by on Sundays for a leisurely lunch and catch a live band performance.
Address: #56, Raj villa, 5th cross, 60 Feet Rd, 6th Block, Koramangala
When: Wednesdays and Sundays
Live performances at Windmill Craftworks are a music lover’s dream because they cover a wide range of genres, from fusion, pop and jazz to indie, Sufi, folk, and even Carnatic music. Raghu Dixit, Stanley Jordan, and Bombay Jayashri are amongst the renowned artists who've performed in the past. Thanks to the best acoustics and craft beer to drink, the distance won't matter.
Address: TOWER-1, 5B Rd, next to L&T Infotech, Shivaji Nagar, EPIP Zone, Whitefield
When: Fridays and Saturdays - 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Price: INR 500/- onwards
Fandom at Gilly’s Redefined
Fandom takes great pride in having the best live event space, and we couldn't agree more. It's a popular weekend hangout for Gen Z thanks to their live performances of metal, hip-hop, rock, electronic, and techno music. When you're here, groove to the beats of new-age bands like When Chai Met Toast and Daakiya. Oh, and to keep the night going, Gilly's has ample cocktails, hard liquor, beers, and soft drinks with bar nibbles to munch on.
Address: 4th, Off Gillys redefined, Block 413, 100 Feet Rd, Koramangala
RCB Bar and Cafe
The midweek buzz at RCB Bar and Cafe features a diverse range of musical genres including jazz fusion, modern rock, indie, retro, and folk music. And it puts both old and new artists in the limelight. You can sway to Mud Road's country music or go head-banging to Akhi Roti. While here, gorge on their European, Pan Asian, and Indian flavours while sipping on a few artisanal cocktails.
Address: SOBHA1, 1st Floor, 50, St Mark's Rd, Ashok Nagar
If you're seeking an elite crowd, chic atmosphere, and handcrafted cocktails to pair with European small bites to nibble on, Gylt is the place to be. Gylt features performers with a range of local, national, and international roots with performances in English, Hindi, Kannada, and Assamese, to name a few. Anumita Nadesan, Indian Ocean, Avial, and Raghu Dixit are some known names who've performed here. Now that you're aware of the range of musical offerings, you know where to head this Friday.
Address: 22, 1st Main Rd, Visthar
When: Fridays - 8:00 p.m. onwards
Price: INR 1000/- onwards
The live performance is one of the reasons why Gawky Goose's Sunday brunches are the most talked-about in town. Along with the diverse cuisine available at brunch, they also showcase a brilliant artist each week with retro music for you to sway to as you savour the food on your plate. A26, Tidal Wave, Mud Road, and Moksha are just a handful of the artists who have previously performed at the bar. You can also get your fur friend along!
Address: #77, Wind Tunnel Rd, Muniyappa Layout, Murgesh Pallya
When: Sundays - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bangalore Brew Works
The upscale brewery features commercial DJ sessions as part of their Sunday brunches called Brunchology and showcases both established and upcoming artists. The place gets grooving on the weekends thanks to the open terrace and cosy interiors with ales, stouts, and lagers paired with contemporary flavours on the plate.
Address: Bangalore Brew Works, 99, Residency Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
Reservoire is a crowd favourite for all the right reasons, including its rooftop, green space, welcoming of pets, and being awarded the best cocktail bar in town. To further enhance the experience, live performances showcasing 90s Bollywood music, retro and hip-hop are held on the weekends. To stay updated on the music schedule, keep an eye on their website.
Address: 17th Main Rd, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala
Fox in The Field
Get your dose of music from indie to Bollywood at Fox in The Field, which takes pride in its 100-seat amphitheatre, Fox on Stage and has hosted performances by artists including Masami Project, Crossroads, Swaradi, and Musication in the past. The culinary selection, packed with Indian and Continental nibbles, paired with beer cocktails, international spirits, and more alongside the music, gets you grooving even if you're a non-dancer.
Address: FORUM SHANTINIKETAN MALL, 2/ 3/ 4/ 5 Floor, ITPL Main Rd, Whitefield