We, Bangaloreans, have long admitted that the suburbs have taken over. Koramangala, Kammanahalli, et al have become ‘places’ in their own right. And yet, the hangover from the early bar-hopping years has hung on, mainly in our language: when we say ‘going to town,’ we still mean MG road or something near it.
This is an area, which has, over the years, accumulated a large collection of pubs and a much larger following of ridiculously loyal drinkers. If you haven’t witnessed vociferous arguments over whose pub is better and who spent more of their lives in the better pub, you haven’t been in Bangalore very long. The debates extend back to school and college about who was more broke and drunker, who knew the waiter better and had a bigger collection of rock music (it all fits together, believe me).
A relatively new entrant in this crowded space is Easy Tiger. They’ve paid a nod to Koramangala as well, but it is in Church Street that we old Bangaloreans decide to check out what’s new. In general, we’re in favour of bars that don’t try too hard to entertain us (a little is fine). We’re quite confident of being our own entertainment, thank you.
Easy Tiger is elevated, sitting right above Smally’s, so you can tut-tut at everyone who’s getting splashed down below as Church Street struggles with its famous drainage issues. The bar is small but the tables are not crushed together, so on a weekday afternoon you do have this breezy feeling of spaciousness.
I’d recommend this bar to beer-drinkers. The music doesn’t drown out your witticisms, and you can order without much shouting and primitive hand-gesturing.
We tried the cocktails. Our favourite, the Hot Toddy, is the best option for one of those evenings where the Bangalore draft winds are strong and beer is not wise.
The bar menu gathers together all manner of trendy alcohol accompaniments – hummus and pita, and little things that involve mushroom and cheese. However, this is expanded considerably by the Smally’s menu, which is also available for those who prefer a hearty meal. Pizzas are one a person mealies in themselves.
Another unusual thing about Easy Tiger is that it’s very smoker-friendly, in the most smoker-unfriendly part of town. That itself might give it a faithful gathering of beleaguered smokers who were starting to give up on ‘town.’
So, is Easy Tiger going to gather its own version of Bangalore’s Old Faithful Pub Loyalists? We think so!
How to Get There:
Easy Tiger, Koramangala
Where: 897/B, Near Indoor Stadium, 80 Feet Peripheral Road, Koramangala 6th Block, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9822879443 | +91 9886033000
Timings: Mon – Fri 3 PM to 1 AM | Sat – Sun 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,100 for two people
Easy Tiger, Church Street
Where: 1/A, Church Street, Bangalore
Contact: 080 25550707
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,100 for two people