Be honest: love as you might a good time at a hip bar or buzzing pub, the bill often slaps you back to sobriety. Which is why people are always on the lookout for a good deal on the drinks. We round up some of the best happy hour experiences in Bangalore:
The Big Pitcher, Old Airport Road
This recently opened brewpub, sprawling over five floors, has been getting pretty good reviews for its in-house beers and food. Big drinkers should head here on Mondays, when they have the Bottomless Mondays offer going. It’s drink all you want of IMFL at Rs 999 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Wednesdays are Ladies Nights with the girls getting five free signature cocktails from 7 to 11.
13th Floor, MG Road
This is a happy surprise, because you don’t expect a place that’s packed even on Monday nights to be hosting happy hours. 13th Floor is one of those Bangalore watering holes that never goes out of style. The Happy Hours here are not long, just 5 pm to 7 pm, when it’s 30% off on select drinks. But then, the super view comes for free.
It’s Happy Hours all day at Roadhouse, the cool bar and restaurant on 100 Feet Road. You get 50% off on select drinks – including a selection of cocktails – from 11 am to 7 pm. Of course, the place doesn’t start buzzing till post 8 pm, but, hey, you want two drinks for the price of one, right?
JCubez, located near the BDA Complex in Banashankari 2nd Stage, is a popular hangout with beer guzzlers. It’s Happy Hours from 11 am to 6 pm through the week here and you get one-on-one offers for all beer orders. No wonder this place is such a hit with the young set.
Plan B, Brigade Road
The cool and casual Plan B attracts the college-going crowd with its Happy Hours that run from 12 noon to 6 pm Mondays through Thursdays. The offer is 50% off on draught beer. Plan B’s wings and burgers are a big hit and on certain days of the week there are offers on the food as well.
Downtown, Residency Road
Downtown is one of Bangalore’s original pubs, a place you go to for beer and a bit of nostalgia. They have Happy Hours through the week and start early. It’s buy-one-get-one-free on Kingfisher beer from 10.30 am to 6 pm. Not that we’re recommending drinking straight after breakfast, of course. Perish the thought.
Hard Rock Cafe, St Marks Road
Housed in a heritage building with a fabulous vibe, Hard Rock Cafe is one of the coolest bars in Bangalore. Drinks are pricey here, so it makes sense to go rushing during Happy Hours, brief as they are. It’s 50 % off on select IMFL and beer from 4 pm to 6.45 pm Monday to Friday. So make it for sundowners at HRC.
Humming Tree, Indiranagar
Besides its pleasing, laidback air, the Humming Tree is also a venue for some very good live music and other gigs. The Happy Hours are well timed here, running from 12 noon to 8 pm. Select alcohol and beers come at half price during this time.
Pub World, Residency Road
Stepping into Pub World is a return to the past. One of the older watering holes in town, this is a no-nonsense pub with efficient service. It’s 50% off on draught beer from 12 noon to 6 pm from Monday to Sunday here. So if you want some cheap beer on a Saturday afternoon, this is the place.
Tavern, Museum Road
Tavern at the Museum Inn hotel makes it to this list because it has Happy Hours on the weekend as well. Half-priced drinks and beer are available from 2 pm to 4 pm on weekends, and 4 pm to 8 pm on weekdays. With its mellow old-world feel, this is another favourite with Bangaloreans.