As students and working people on a budget, many times we end up cancelling our plans because it would be heavy on our wallets. High-born places mainly become a part of people’s evenings, but they aren’t always budget-friendly when you’re on a tight money-saving regime. Cheap booze and good food, on the other hand, make up a perfect recipe for a delightful evening. Here’s a list of the best bars in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune that will not burn a hole in your pocket:
Pecos, Brigade Road:
This legendary place does not require any introduction. Being one of the oldest pubs in town, it still regarded as one of the most popular old-school places. We recommend draught beer along with their dosas. The music is strictly classic rock, and the food goes in perfect harmony with the chilled beers. Being an ideal location for the perfect fun-filled weekend or even a chilled out weekday evening, this place is a must visit.
Best Prices: A mug of Draught for Rs. 70
Spiritz Bar and Restaurant, Koramangala:
Spiritz spells out savings like no other. What it doesn’t spell is décor. It is a tad bit shady with its dimly lit ambience, but one look at the menu, and you’ll definitely forget its shortcomings. It is perfect for casual day or night drinking and the local go-to bar for students and people on a budget. They also have another branch in HSR Sector 3, and one can see a variety of crowds from young college goers to older uncles, out to have a good time.
Best Prices: Rum for Rs. 70
My Bar Square, Connaught Place:
Going by the sheer number of college students that come here, My Bar actually doubles up as a college student’s second home. After all these years, it still remains the cheapest of the entire lot. Here’s something that’ll have you salivating for sure, though – a 2 Ltr tower of Kingfisher draught for 290 bucks (excluding taxes). A hub for hippies and boozers alike, don’t be surprised if you spot someone rolling a fatty next to you!
Best Prices: Rum and Vodka starting at Rs. 39
If sipping beer in the company of villains of Bollywood in a shady bar in Daryaganj does not give you a high, I don’t know what will. With cocktails like ‘Mona darling’ and ‘Arey oh samba’, Thugs leaves no stone unturned in making you feel like a bad-ass by the time you’re on your third peg. A full bottle of Kingfisher here costs Rs. 160.
Best Prices: A mug of draught beer for Rs. 70
Bay View, Colaba
If you’re in the mood to enjoy a peaceful getaway in Mumbai on a constrained budget, then Bay View is the place you’re looking for. Positioned on the rooftop of Hotel Harbor View, this place offers a brilliant assortment of scrumptious Indian and Chinese food. Although the furnishings are quite simple with its terracotta tiles and mosaic walls, it offers a splendid view of the Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India and even the Mumbai harbour.
Best Prices: A 650ml bottle of beer for Rs. 150
The Bar Stock Exchange, Andheri East:
The Bar Stock Exchange (TBSE) is blooming boozy stock exchange in its peak years. Functioning on a first come first serve basis, this place is the ultimate hotspot for the youth of Mumbai. Prices start at the lowest amount and increase or decrease according to demand. When these prices of a drink reach the saturation point, the management crashes them to a more affordable rate. The food and vibe are great during the weekends and perfects during the week, thanks to the minimal crowding.
Best Prices: Depends Upon the day and demand but on a lucky day, you can get a shot of rum (Old Monk) for Rs. 17
Bar Bar, Viman Nagar:
One of Pune’s very own, Bar Bar has a very simple philosophy. The higher the number of drinks, the lesser you pay per drink. The alcohol is divided into a pre-fixed range of premium, popular, and luxury liquor such as whisky, vodka, rum, gin and liqueurs. Above all, if a group sticks to a particular category, they can get drinks for as low as Rs 100. Apart from the quirky name and amazing deals for a long night of drinking, this place offers some amazing bar bites clubbed with an incredible ambience.
Best Prices: Rs. 99 for 12 drinks each
Agent Jack’s Bar, SB Road and Baner:
One of Pune’s favourite hang-out places, Agent Jack’s Bar, has one of the best concepts ever. They offer their liquor at a real-time pricing which gives you the lowest and the highest price for your choice of spirit so that you can bid for a number in between. With this incredible idea, you can get you drinks for as cheap as Rs. 21 (+Taxes) and have a splendid evening. The best hack to make full use of this concept is to hit the branches in SB Road or Baner on weekdays late in the afternoon for maximum savings.