From what I know, the big boom happened right around the time that the city started growing into the 2 Silicon Valley, which makes a certain amount of sense if you know San Fran and the Silicon Valley.In fact, my little brother lives in San Fran and works for a tech company in Mountain View and I have never seen anyone throw back more beers and enjoy a pub more than him 🙂 It’s been a strange transition for me here after living for the past 8 years in Barcelona.
There are a few stipulations surrounding these after parties.
First, in some cases you aren’t allowed to park near the bar to avoid drawing attention from other party goers or the police.
That’s something I really miss, actually…and something I have only done twice since moving here.
According to my mates, when the law changed and opening hours for bars and clubs was reduced, the party scene in Bangalore changed too.
You see, there, the typical ‘night out’ went something like this: around pm friends would gather together at one friend’s flat for a pre-evening drink and to catch up.
Then around am we would head out for drinks until am when the bars closed, and then we’d change from a bar to a disco and stay at times until 6am.
If you want to bring food in with you it’s also fine, the owners don’t care because their kitchen is already closed.
These parties don’t last as long as the others might but they are quite fun and you don’t have to clean up afterwards which is fabulous. There are people in town who sort of convert their flat into a chillout lounge and offer drinks and food to approved, invited guests for a fee.
I have attended after parties in massive 8,000 square foot homes where I never did sort out who actually owned the home to say thanks and introduce myself – and where I only knew my actual friends. We have a drink, listen to music and hang out solving life’s problems, dance, play silly games and basically just sit around trying to make each other laugh.
We’ve gone to the flat of “friends of friends” where there are a couple of people I know. Sometimes friends stop for food on the way, the favourite is a major pit stop at Empire.
With over 200 bars and clubs, the city is known as India’s Pub City.