Bengaluru's F&B scene continues to evolve with new additions and updates virtually every week. One of the most significant changes in the city's restaurant scene is the emergence of F&B hotspots that are spread around the city and not just confined to the erstwhile CBD. As the city expands and workflows move to hybrid and 'back to office' models, it's also impacted the city's thriving bar and restaurant scene. Bengaluru is not just India's unofficial craft brewery and coffee capital, it's also home to a brilliant blend of global and local culinary concepts.
Whether you're planning to visit Bengaluru or you're looking for new F&B spaces close to home to hang out this weekend, our list is a great starting point.
Here're 8 Restaurants And Bars In Bengaluru To Try:
1. Monkey Bar:
Part of the Olive Group of restaurants, the Monkey Bar story began in Bengaluru. It's fitting that Monkey Bar's all-new avatar debuts in the same city. Located on Museum Road and near Church Street in the heart of CBD, Monkey Bar version 2.0 is positioned as an urban tropical landscape. The menu has been completely reimagined, the bar menu draws heavily on indigenous ingredients and local flavours with a dash of theatrics. We're relieved that the burgers live on. That's one thing regulars will surely come back for.
Museum Road, Shantala Nagar
2. Oz by Kebapci:
It is among the most beautiful new restaurants in town. The interiors have been envisioned by Mert Duyal, who has worked on prestigious projects like the Sofitel in Istanbul. The vision was to transport diners to Turkiye. Located in UB City, one of the city's finest retail and lifestyle destinations, Oz by Kebapci offers authentic Turkish cuisine backed by showmanship at the table. It's not just exquisite meat kebabs, the restaurant also offers quite a few options for vegetarian diners complemented by a large selection of non-alcoholic beverages.
UB City, Vittal Mallya Road
It is one of the newest additions to North Bengaluru's burgeoning F&B scene, TYD (pronounced 'tide') is a concept kitchen and bar with an accent on global cuisine, irreverent cocktails, and themed, live entertainment. It's two distinct spaces, we're partial to their 'Terrace and Open Sky Lounge' that's perfect for sundowners on a balmy Bengaluru evening. It's also home to one of the city's first sushi conveyor belts where their chefs showcase scrumptious sushi rolls and sashimi.
Hennur Gardens, Geddalahalli, K Narayanapura Main Road
The name takes inspiration and takes its name from Pangea - the supercontinent that brings the world together. Located in one of the city's hottest new culinary destinations - Forum Rex Mall, on Brigade Road, this large culinary destination features multiple spaces and culinary experiences. We recommend checking out their cocktails that feature myriad ingredients ranging from Bengaluru's very own Mysore Pak to Japanese umeshu. The food menu is eclectic too - do check out their small plates that include a range of Asian and Indian signatures.
Forum Rex Mall, Brigade Road
5. The Drawing Room:
It is an initiative of Impresario & Smoke House Deli, this is an innovative concept that transcends one of the city's most favourite delis into a cocktail-friendly zone. It's positioned as a chill zone, the perfect setting for a catch-up with friends or co-workers. The space features an interplay of verdant green and calming white with a choice of lounge seating or high tables. We like the transition from day to twilight, the music transcends from chill to up-tempo nightscapes as you sip on your sundowner.
100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar
6. Maverick & Farmer:
This is the brand's second cafe; in Bengaluru and is part of its vision to create immersive venues that elevate the cafe; experience. This one's spread over two floors and set with the edgy interiors of the BMW Motorrad Garage in Koramangala. This is a great spot for bike enthusiasts and design freaks. The menu features some of the brand's popular in-house experiments like cold smoking and fermentation to create their signature offerings like their cold smoked coffee and what they call the world's first clarified Cappuccino.
JSP BMW Motorrad, 80 feet road, Koramangala
7. Loya, Taj West End:
It's a multi-sensory experience and one that showcases the finest culinary traditions and flavours from Northern India. After making a big splash in Delhi, Loya has a new outpost in Bengaluru. The interiors add to the vibe with pretty motifs and calming water bodies. The menu is well-curated with heirloom recipes and cooking techniques that take you back in time. It's not just the food menu, the cocktail program creatively uses ingredients like saffron and liquorice that have been part of India's culinary landscape for centuries.
Taj West End, Racecourse Road
This marks the renowned patisserie and cafe, the chain's first venture outside Hyderabad. It takes its name from the French word for craft. Located in one of the city's most vibrant F&B zones - 12th Main in Indira Nagar, the café's menu combines European-style desserts and globally inspired food. The Bengaluru menu features new additions like edamame, fava beans & berry tomato brioche, and the gongura mutton toast.
12th Main Road, Indira Nagar
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About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie - a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.