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Nightlife & Entertainment in Bengaluru

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While there’s more than enough to keep you busy in Bengaluru during the day, you’ll want to save some energy for the city’s buzzing nightlife. Bengaluru boasts a thriving theatre tradition and a strong live music scene. But if you simply want to unwind with a quiet drink, this modern metropolis also has plenty of elegant bars.

 

Theatre

 

Theatre is a key part of Bengaluru’s entertainment scene, adding a cultural gloss to the city’s nightlife. The most popular theatre styles in Bengaluru are political satire and family-friendly comedy, and the language spoken is usually a mix of Kannada or Hindi with English, meaning you’ll be laughing along with the local audience.

 

Ravindra Kalakshetra

 

The Ravindra Kalakshetra is an enduringly popular hub of live entertainment. Based in central Bengaluru, this modish 1960s building holds over 1,000 people in its vast auditorium, and - as a cultural centre - showcases not only theatre, but live dance and flamboyant puppetry.

 

Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Road, Bengaluru 560 002. Tel: +91 80 2222 1271

 

Ravindra Kalakshetra website

 

Ranga Shankara

 

The Ranga Shankara's sleek, angular auditorium centres around a smooth wooden stage with amphitheatre-like seating. The capacity is relatively small, creating an inclusive, intimate atmosphere. With several plays a week, and a buzzing bar on site, it's the perfect place to soak up India's avant-garde culture and even mingle with the actors after a show.

 

No.36/2, 8th Cross Road, Bengaluru 560078. Tel: +91 80 2649 3982

 

Ranga Shankara website

 

Bars

 

Bengaluru’s bar scene has seen a boom in recent years, thanks to the influx of wealth from its flourishing IT industry. Now, there are more high-end cocktail bars and ritzy, laid-back lounges than ever.
Blue Bar

 

Situated in the paradise-like grounds of the glitzy Taj West End Hotel, this chilled out space - lined with intricate oriental silks and stippled by honey-colored candles - has a vast cocktail menu, but also provides a wide selection of fine beers and whiskies. With drinks like curry leaf martinis on offer, it's a literal taste of India.

 

Racecourse Road, Bengaluru 560001. Tel: +91 80 6660 5660

 

Blue Bar website

 

Cinemas

 

Bengaluru is the proud home of the Cinema of Karnataka, a major part of the Indian film industry. With dozens of films produced there a year, it’s no surprise that Bengaluru values its film culture highly. Catch a show at one of the many complex or independent centrally located cinemas.

 

Urvashi

 

This futuristic, 3D digital cinema complex is a hip and happening entertainment spot, nightly filling its seats with students, professionals, and travellers alike. The huge, jaw-dropping cinema screens show both the top current Indian films - often with English subtitles - and the best international films.

 

40 Lal Bagh Road, Bengaluru 560027. Tel: +91 80 4347 4347

 

Urvashi website

 

Live music

 

Bengaluru is famed for its live music, with some key music seasons during the year - the Ramanavami festival in April and the Dusshera festival September. While there is a transcendental classical music tradition, there’s also plenty of head-banging, toe-tapping contemporary music, played in venues dotted around the city.

 

Indigo

 

This flashy live music bar - with warm ambient lighting and old school vinyl records lining the walls - is one of the best places to catch some contemporary live music. Its spacious stage, standing tables and roomy dance floor provide the ideal atmosphere for you to listen to Bengaluru’s best live jazz, blues, and the city’s signature genre - Bengaluru Rock.

 

Jyoti Nivas College Road, Bengaluru 560034. Tel: +91 80 2553 5330

 

Indigo website