Before you stoners get excited – no, these aren’t places you can light that spliff ‘without a fuss’. With ever growing restrictions on Pubs and Bars, cigarette smokers are being sent to an even earlier death, thanks to airless and stuffy smoking areas. Many pubs in Bangalore city install sealed cubicles (with toilet style exhausts) on the premises to deal with smokers. Go ahead! Boycott us, hate us, and give us those stinking looks. But, for goodness sake! With too much smoke, our eyes burn too. When going out for a drink, we’d like to smoke in peace and don’t want all this fuss (let alone getting up and ‘walking’ to the smoking zone). Some places allow you to light up where you sit, and before you non-smokers get upset – these are places that have non smoking areas, too. Here’s a list of our favourite smoking zones in Bangalore:
Arbor Brewing Company, Brigade Road
Their impeccable craft beers can be enjoyed with the selection of cigars available here. Widely accepted as the best Microbrewery in Bangalore, this place is surrounded by treetops and is one of the few places with cigars on offer. A fun smoking experience here is a given.
Easy Tiger, Church street
Overlooking the bustle of Church Street, Easy Tiger’s smoking zone is just the place for those lazy afternoons when you want to budget drink in small numbers. If you don’t want to eat anything in particular, rest assured they have only finger food here.
Big Brewsky, Sarjapur Road
The best spots in the house to let out some smoke are by the pool. Big Brewsky’s craft beers are a good match with any brand you smoke. A particularly nice feeling comes about after you’ve had their delectable Chocolate Fudge Cake and light a smoke and ruminate about life.
The Brew and Barbeque, Marathahalli
Easily one of the largest smoking zones in the city, it is perfect for a large group who loves the combination of craft beer, juicy barbecue, and cigarettes. And don’t forget the super lava cake.
The Humming Tree, Indiranagar
A truly charming rooftop smoking area at this celebrated venue in the hippest part of town. The fact that they are known for their live music is a cherry on top.
The greenest pub in town, it has the feel of an enchanted forest with potted plants at every step. Almost the entire venue is smoker-friendly.
P.S. The pots are not for ashing.
Casa Piccosa, J P Nagar
If you are trying their signature spiced beer cocktail (Michelada), you will definitely need a smoke to ease your palate. With an airy smoking area that makes up half the seating area, there seems to be a constant refreshing breeze here in the evening.
The 13th Floor, MG Road
A legendary venue in Bangalore, The 13th Floor’s smoking area has a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. Their food and cocktails have been on point consistently over the years. It’s quite a smoking experience here, at one of the few places with a panoramic view of the city.
The People’s Pub, Indiranagar
Ok dear reader, by now you must have figured that we have been slightly partial to rooftop venues in this listing. So here’s another one. People’s Pub recently opened doors to their terrace section and Quirk assures it will be a carefree smoking experience. Plus, this place is as budget friendly as it gets. Any cheaper and you’d have to drink standing up.
Pecos Classic, Rest House Road
Another legend. Pecos has nurtured beer and cigarette-lovers for generations now. Their chilly roast beef and pork along with draught beer is a staple and their smoking area is small but cozily tucked away. Perfect for the end of the month when you are broke but want to drink and have a great time.
How to Get There:
Arbor Brewing Company
Where: 8, 3rd Floor, Allied Grande Plaza, Diagonally Opposite Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Contact: +91 8050144477 | 080 67921222
Timings: Mon – Thu & Sun 12 Noon to 12:30 AM | Fri – Sat 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,800 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Where: Church Street | Koramangla 6th block
Contact: Church Street 080 45128647 | Koramangla 6th block +91 9886033000
Timings: Church Street Mon – Sun 12 Noon to 1 AM | Koramangla 6th block Mon – Sun 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,100 for two people
Where: Behind MK Retail, Before WIPRO Corporate Office, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 39514766
Timings: Mon – Sun 12:30 PM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,800 for two people
The Brew and Barbeque
Where: 36/4, Fourth Floor, Soul Space Arena, Outer Ring Road, Doddanekkundi Village, Marathahalli, Bangalore
Contact: 080 45128649
Timings: Mon – Thu 12 Noon to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sun 12 Noon to 12:30 AM
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
The Humming Tree
Where: 949, 3rd Floor, 12th Main, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 25201201
Timings: Mon Closed | Tue – Thu – Sun 1 PM to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sat 1 PM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,800 for two people
Where: 118, Koramangala Industrial Area, Koramangala 7th Block, Bangalore
Contact: 080 40515253
Timings: All Days 9 AM to 12:30 AM
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people
Where: 745/AB, 2nd Floor, Shravanee Square, 24th Main, 15th cross, 6th Phase, JP Nagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49652598
Timings: All Days 12 Noon to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,100 for two people (VAT & service charges extra )
The 13th Floor
Where: Barton Centre, 84, MG Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 49652582
Timings: Mon – Thu 5 PM to 11 PM | Fri – Sat 12 Midnight to 1 AM, 5 PM to 12 Midnight | Sun 12:30 PM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹1,700 for two people (service charges extra)
The People’s Pub
Where: 475, Krishna Temple Road, HAL 1st Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: 080 25200502 | +91 9741108830
Timings: Mon -Thu – Sun 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM | Fri – Sat 11:30 AM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people
Where: 34, Resthouse Road, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 41640022 | +91 7259166661
Timings: 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people