Here’s all the intel you need to navigate Bangalore’s brewery scene. What should you drink at Arbor? Are Druid Garden’s potions worth your time? Plus, the brewery whose balcony offers the best sunset view; where you should skip the beer and order wood fire pizza; and the stout that brings all the drummers to the yard. We visit 15 breweries to pin point what to eat, how much to drink and whether the new jackfruit beer is worth the hype.
The Biere Club, Lavelle Road
With an ideal spot sorted at the top floor of The Biere Club, you can spend an entire afternoon people watching as you feast on endless portions of bacon wrapped sausages and repeat orders of cold beers. This was the first microbrewery to open in the city six years ago and remains one of the few that continues to experiment with a variety of flavours. Some of their most popular seasonal brews include mango, chocolate-cinnamon and strawberry. This year, brewing experiments include a ragi beer for hipsters en route to the farmer’s market.
Getting there: 20/2, Vittal Mallya Road – Lavelle Road, call 08049653581. Approximately Rs 2,000 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Here’s the perfect location for a session of mid-day drinking, a garden beer party if you will. The expanse of the ground floor is covered with teal benches, a small stage and a big screen for sports viewing. With four kinds of craft beers, and the occasional seasonal brew, Biergarten keeps its bar menu simple, but a 330 ml mug here is perhaps more expensive than most other breweries. Note: they do have great offers that run through happy hours and a well-priced Sunday brunch.
Getting there: 2, Doddanekkundi, Whitefield Road, Mahadevpura, 08049652776. Approximately Rs 2,200 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield
Windmills Craftworks’ Stout made with roasted barley comes certified as the best in the city by beer lover and drummer Guru Somayaji. “They use quality ingredients and it really shows,” confirms Guru. Windmills began operations in 2012, offering an array of brews and opening its stage to diverse musical performances over the years. Our favourite gigs here at the Jazz Theatre has been The Chronic Blues Circus performances from years ago.
Getting there: 331, Raod 5B, Next to KTPO, Whitefeld, call 8880233322. Approximately Rs 2,400 for a meal for two with alcohol.
The Druid Garden, Sahakarnagar
The latest beer cauldron in North Banaglore comes from this Druid, who arrived on the scene in February 2017. Beautifully designed with vertical gardens and a striking skylight, The Druid Garden is fast becoming Bangalore’s new favourite brunch spot. While the food aspires to be ‘truly international’ (think Argentinian arepa, Havana pork loaf and pumpkin ice cream), it’s the Czech-made beers that win you over immediately. Try sampler glasses of all three beers so you can make an informed decision, but we think you’ll pick all three. Note: Be sure to make a reservation.
Getting there: 40/1, Century Corbel, Sahakarnagar, call 08049653560. Approximately Rs 3,200 for a meal for two with alcohol.
And here’s the one that started it all – Bangalore’s very first brewery. This many years later, it’s still buzzing with energy and regulars (and is sending part of its heart to Mumbai). Film and television actor Shashank Purushotham prefers to wind up his theatre rehearsals at Toit with a Bavarian Weiss. “It’s got the perfect unwind vibe plus great pizza,” says Shashank. You’ll love the names of the specialty brews – Aam Aadmi Ale, Patakha Ale, and the current quick mover, the Jack in The Box, infused with jackfruit.
Getting there: 289, Namma Metro Pillar 62, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, call 9019813388. Approximately Rs 2,000 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Big Pitcher, Old Airport Road
Head here for puns, pitchers of beer cocktails and live performances. They have a large menu to go with their five varieties of brews; if you’re lucky you’ll get to sample some of their special seasonal beers. We recommend you skip dessert and get a Kingslayer, which despite its name, has pleasant fruity after notes.
Getting there: LR Arcade, 4121, Old Airport Road, call 08049653523. Approximately Rs 1,900 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Murphy’s Brewhouse, Domlur
This three-year old Irish brewery in Domlur’s The Paul is perhaps one of Bangalore’s classiest breweries. You can expect to sample Paddy’s Poison or meet Holy Sally and know you’ll have Golly Good one. Murphy’s also plays host to several fun musical and comedy gigs.
Getting there: The Paul, Opposite EGL, Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur, call 08049653067. Approximately Rs 1,700 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Arbor Brewing Company, Richmond Road
If you’re starting the revelry before sun down, the small balcony at Arbor is an ideal place to watch the city lights come on. Other good seats belong at the long table in a dimly lit room, where the brightest glow comes from golden ales – regular house made and seasonal.
Getting there: #8, Allied Grande Plaza, Opposite Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, call 08067921222. Approximately Rs 2,000 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Bangalore Brew Works, Residency Road
Even if you aren’t a fan of brewed beers (we find that hard to imagine), you’ll love BBW for its wood fire pizzas, glittering pool and impressive view of the city. Bang in the middle of Residency Road, old Bangaloreans will know this as the former Zero G, with a reputation of being a great place to party. BBW keeps up the tradition. Attend Sunday BBW brunch (priced at Rs 1,800) and you’ll see.
Getting there: 10th Level Prestige Towers, 99/100, Residency Road, call 08049653436. Approximately Rs 2,000 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Hoot Brewery & Cafe, Sarjapur Road
Hoot on Sarjapur Road uses its space as a compensation for their limited beer menu. The beautiful setting is great for post-office drinks but also works well for a romantic dinner date (sit by the shallow pool). Warning: The Mixed Hoots cocktails will get your head to do a 360.
Getting there: 2034/69, Block 2, Varthur Hobli, Sarjapur Road, call 08045128701. Approximately Rs 1,500 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Big BrewSKY, Sarjapur Road
Big BrewSKY is easily the largest Bangalore brewery. Bring your sunniest smile for the pool that floats in the middle of the space, and the summer salad bowls that float over to your table. Not everything is listed on the menu, so be sure to ask for the day’s special brew crafted by their devilish Asuras. Note: their “nightclub” is an experience you can and should skip entirely.
Getting there: Behind MK Retail, Sarjapur Road, call 08049653449. Approximately Rs 1,500 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Brewklyn on CMR Road is the only brewery in Kamanahattan (as it’s ambitiously called by the locals). Our usual order comprises the Brewklyn’s Finest (with fruity notes) and Iron Mike (which you’ll love if you like your coffee frothy). If you’re a fan of chorizo (who isn’t!) get the Goan pork pizza with a beautifully blistered base and eye watering jalapenos. Keep Mike close by.
Getting there: 30, BR Plaza, 4th Floor, 4th Cross, CMR,Road, Kalyan Nagar, call 08049652529. Approximately Rs 2,100 for a meal for two with alcohol.
District 6, Malleshwaram
Malt bread + authentic German brews. Do you really need any more information about the incongruously decorated rooms and Orion Mall shopping trip potential next door? You should probably know this, though: happy hours is on between 3 pm and 7 pm, Monday to Thursday.
Getting there: Ground Floor, Sheraton Hotel Brigateway Gateway Campus, call 0804963360. Approximately Rs 1,800 for a meal for two with alcohol.
It’s grungy and service isn’t great, but they know how to do an extra tall glass of fruit cider.
Getting there: 749, 10 Main, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, call 08049653036. Approximately Rs 1,800 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Brewsky, JP Nagar
Breaking the filter coffee and butter dosa reputation of JP Nagar, Brewsky appeared on the skyline offering a great view of the neighbourhood from their terrace pub. Their craftiest beers include the Peachy IPA and the mild American Amber. Our current squeeze – Cucumber Ale – belongs to their special menu and goes best with the Drunken Wings.
Getting there: 55, 5th Floor, Goenka Chambers, 19th Main Road, Phase 2, JP Nagar, call 767679666. Approximately Rs 1,900 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Vapour Pub & Brewery, Indiranagar
If you’re out in a big gang, this is the brewery for you (plus 10). Vapour crouches over three floors and has a spot for every mood: cold, dark ales are for the ground level; dancing is for middle earth; and the top is of course, for people watching. While the pricing and the beers get two thumbs up, we recommend you pick small bites over mains. Glug the stout during comedy afternoons hosted by Evam on Sundays.
Getting there: 773, HAL, 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, call 08049653329. Approximately Rs 1,500 for a meal for two with alcohol.
The Brew and Barbeque, Marathahalli
All the techies of Marathahalli wind down here after a day of coding. The meat here, not the engineers, are roasted and shown off on a barbeque specials menu.
Getting there: 36/4, 4th Floor, Soul Space Arena, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli, call 08045128649. Approximately Rs 1,600 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Bonus: Breweries to watch out for this year include Whitefield’s The Red Rhino Crafted Brewery & Inspired Kitchen; Communiti on Residency Road; and The Yellow Submarine, Domlur.
This story was contributed by the team at brownpaperbag.in, a culture and lifestyle portal in Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore.