Best bars for cricket screenings in Bengaluru

Catch the match with a chilled glass of beer at one of the pubs in Bengaluru.
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Big screens, bigger cheers and chilled beer, there’s nothing like watching a cricket match at a pub filled with charged fans. Bars and restaurants in Bengaluru are making the most of the cricket fever with innovative deals, special offers during match hours, as well as fun cricket-themed games and prizes to get you into the right spirit. Head to these rooftop bars, microbreweries and lively pubs, and prepare to be outshouted if you aren’t supporting the home team.

XTREME SPORTS BAR
A sports bar is often the safest bet to watch the match without interruptions and in the company of like-minded sports enthusiasts. Xtreme Sports Bar, which has three branches, is a tried and tested favourite. The lively bar is suited to large groups, with plenty of seating, beer buckets and dispensers, perfect for sharing. You can even win a free pitcher of beer if you guess the winning team. And if you still need more to do, there are pool and foosball tables.
Address: Indiranagar, Sarjapur Road and New BEL Road

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GILLY’S RESTOBAR

 

Catch a match at Gilly's Restobar.
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Grab a booth at Gilly’s for an enjoyable, match-watching experience that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. The cricket special deals at this bar help you stay longer and ensure you return. After all, what could be better than unlimited draught beer at Rs. 599 during match hours? A special menu for the cricket season includes a range of bar snacks and cocktails innovatively named after stars of the cricketing world. The snacks are all priced under Rs. 300, and these pocket friendly prices mean the bar is always buzzing. This bar also has three locations.
Address: Koramangala, Brookefield and New BEL Road.

THE BOOZY GRIFFIN
Match hours are the best time to head to The Boozy Griffin, for the season’s special deals. Cocktail pitcher and food combos, beer towers, unlimited draught beer and starters for Rs. 849, free pizza with five beer bottles – the deals are perfect for large groups who want to watch the match in peace. Cosy wooded interiors, comfy couches, and peppy music, coupled with the great deals draw enthusiastic cricket fans to this pub. There’s also a lucky draw with meal vouchers to be won.
Address: Koramangala and Marathahalli

HANGOVER

A camper van that doubles up as the bar at Hangover.
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Most popular for its breezy rooftop, this Indiranagar spot scores high on ambience and decor, with a blue-and white camper van that doubles up as the bar. Grab a seat in the outdoor section on the upper level when the weather is good. The expansive menu features innovative cocktails and drinks buckets, along with Indian, Italian, Asian food and burgers. As a special offer for the matches these days, there’s a buy one get one offer on beer and vodka during match hours.
Address: 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar

BIERGARTEN
Cricket season is the perfect time to check out this new kid on the beer block. Spread across two levels, you can make the most of Bangalore’s breezy weather by grabbing a table in the al fresco section. Amidst greenery and with communal, bench-style seating reminiscent of Germany’s beer gardens, the outdoors section is ideal for large groups. Biergarten provides the essentials you need to enjoy the match: cheering fans, open air seating, and four kinds of fresh brews on tap.
Address: Doddanekkundi, Whitefield Road, Mahadevpura, Whitefield

BANGALORE BREW WORKS

Catch the match action under open skies at Bangalore Brew Works.
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Situated on the tenth floor of a building on busy Residency Road, this microbrewery’s winning factor is its lovely rooftop that looks out onto Bangalore’s city lights and lets you catch the cricket action under open skies. With rustic wooden decor and a poolside seating option, Bangalore Brew Works scores high on ambience. Seasonal specials include coconut ale and mango beer.
Address: 10th Floor, Prestige Towers, Residency Road

MURPHY’S BREWHOUSE
This Irish-themed brewpub in The Paul hotel is a crowd puller for their great beer, brewed in house. Now, with large screens across two levels and offers such as special beer and starter combos on match days, it’s guaranteed to draw cricket enthusiasts as well. There are cricket quizzes, special drinks and surprise games lined up, such as the chance to win a sampler when your team scores a six. The special brews include English ale, orange-and-coriander blended Belgian wheat, and a bitter Irish stout.
Address: The Paul, 139/28, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur

AUTHOR'S BIO: Malavika Bhattacharya is a freelance journalist who writes about travel, culture, and food. She’s dived deep in the Indian Ocean, crawled through caves in Meghalaya, hiked through the Norwegian fjords, been tossed about on a surfboard in the Bay of Bengal, and lost many pairs of shoes slushing through mountain streams in the Himalayas.More on: www.malavikabhattacharya.com

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