Friday, 4.30 pm –
After a whole week of the usual forwarded jokes and endless arguments on the Whatsapp group of my closest friends, there is an ongoing debate over the evenings clubbing plans. So far we have only agreed that Indiranagar 100 feet road suits our need for weekend befuddlement. They start listing preferred venues. Predictably the guys and girls want different things from each venue. Being the most rational(read-thrifty) voice, I bring up the question of the pre-drinking spot and the decision is unanimous “let’s go to Sarathi”. We aren’t worried that it will be packed. The head waiter’s number is on each one of our speed dials (his number given to us for our past loyalty), within seconds of the call I’m assured a table for 6+ people – a luxury here on weekends.
8 pm, (an hour late) –
The gang converges at Sarathi and we find that the first two to reach have started off without us, at the standing bar section on the ground floor. We walk up the staircase leading to the terrace section, sipping from the plastic cups of our over punctual/eager friends. Thankfully our man on the inside has held on to our table, meaning we don’t have to settle for the family section in the ground and first floors. He knows the beer chuggers from the whisky drinkers among us and takes the liberty to order on our behalf as we salivate over the starters menu. We want something from each category – Indian Chinese, Tandoori, Indian fried snacks, but there has to be two dishes from the ‘Simply South’ section, not only because they are served on plantain leaves but because they are destined for gastronomic greatness, when combined with alcohol.
In spite of other starters, eyes light up and everyone starts reaching for the ‘Chicken Sukka’ (yes the ‘h’ sound is foreign to south Indians) and the Crab Ghee Roast. These are put aside for a bit as the ‘Bangda (Mackerel fish) Rawa Fry’ is brought on and we elbow each other to get to the crunchy crust. The ‘Neer (steamed) Dosa’ douses the spicy sukka. Crab limbs crack and another round of drinks are brought forth as our risque conversation becomes more audible to everyone. The men and women of this local yet progressive bar ignore us. And this is what people come back here for, a rare budget location where Men and Women drink (and break into song), eat and smoke together in harmony.
9.45 pm, (15 mins left for Guest list entry at the club we plan to visit)-
Everyone has conveniently forgotten about clubbing and are engrossed in the Olympic hockey match on the 32- inch screen. While another round is ordered, the most dressed up people in the group realise that we are going to miss the free entry if don’t leave immediately. The mind reading waiter inquires for the first time if we wish to leave. He doesn’t let us feel unwanted as he blends a degree of disappointment with the question. Not wanting to rush us he walks away.
1.30 am, (when fun comes to a crashing halt in Bangalore) –
Heels and hats off. We have managed to convince friends that waited at the club to join us. The pre-drinking spot has charmed us into staying once again, we are still at Sarathi. The special treatment continues as we get an off-the-record time extension, a group of first timers extend their stay encouraged by us, after which we stumble out of there, reciprocating the smiling salute the guard gives all patrons.
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How to Get There:
Where: 421, Krishna Temple Road, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 25256162 | +91 9449890148
Timings: All Days 11 AM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹550 for two people