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Among Indian cities Bangalore has a unique distinction. It is the only one to have become a part of American slang: "Bangalored" being a back-handed compliment to the city's hugely successful outsourcing industry. It is a peculiarly urban triumph for this erstwhile retirement haven, which over the course of a couple of decades has taken the lead in redefining the country's economy... MORE | City cricket profile

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    Coconut Grove

    Coconut Grove (Tel 91 80 25596149) specialises in Kerala dishes: try the wafer-thin appams with a fish or mutton stew.

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    Budget

    Koshy's

    The left of Koshy's is the heart of the restaurant, serving very decent snacks and meals, coffee and beer.

    Café Pascucci

    Café Pascucci (Tel 91 80 40912134) is a convenient stop for sandwiches, burgers and coffees.

    Empire

    Empire on Church Street, is a favorite for chicken dosas.

    Midrange

    South Indies

    South Indies, as the name suggests, does south Indian food, all vegetarian. Be prepared to be surprised.

    Coconut Grove

    Coconut Grove (Tel 91 80 25596149) specialises in Kerala dishes: try the wafer-thin appams with a fish or mutton stew.

    Koshy's

    Koshy's is a city institution: The air-conditioned half on the right serves food that's a throwback to an earlier era.

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    Olive Beach

    Frequently voted the best standalone restaurant in the city, Olive Beach serves excellent Mediterranean food.

    Karavalli

    Karavalli, set in a faux Mangalorean house at the Gateway Hotel, draws from the culinary gems of the four southern states to present a menu that makes it hard to make up your mind.

    Samarkand

    If you miss north Indian food, head to Samarkand for a smorgasbord of kebabs and curries.

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    Woodlands

    Woodlands Hotel (from Rs 1600) on Richmond Circle is another well-connected option.

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    Hotel Empire

    Hotel Empire (from Rs 1530) on Infantry Road has all the basic facilities and the bonus of an excellent location.

    Woodlands

    Woodlands Hotel (from Rs 1600) on Richmond Circle is another well-connected option.

    Hotel Nandhini

    A cheaper option is Hotel Nandhini (from Rs 2100) on St Mark's Road.

    Midrange

    I145

    I145 (from Rs 4250) is well located for the stadium, economical and stylish.

    Chancery

    A short walk from the stadium, the Chancery (from Rs 5000 for early birds) is a well-equipped hotel that's complete value for money.

    Museum Inn

    Museum Inn (from Rs 3000), with comfortable rooms and earnest service, is very close to the stadium.

    Luxury

    The Oberoi

    Right down the road from the stadium is The Oberoi Bangalore (from Rs 10,000), a five-star hotel with all the trappings and 2.8acres of gardens.

    ITC Gardenia

    The newest five-star hotel in town is the ITC Gardenia (from Rs 13,000), an architectural marvel with superb restaurants.

    The Park

    Round the corner from the Oberoi is The Park (from Rs 8600), a boutique hotel with cosy rooms and excellent service.

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    City Bar

    City Bar, at the UB City Mall (Tel 91 80 42773636) has great drinks and a cool atmosphere.

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    Budget

    Pecos

    Pecos (Tel 91 80 25586047), a long-time favourite with beer-drinkers, plays classic rock.

    Plan B

    Plan B (Tel 91 9739902745) has a friendly atmosphere and lots of choice in short eats.

    Midrange

    13th Floor

    The 13th Floor cocktail lounge (Tel 91 80 41783333), as the name suggests, lets its magnificent view set the tone for a night of partying.

    Windsor Pub

    Windsor Pub (Tel 91 80 22258847) has a great vibe, super food and serves only beer.

    Luxury

    City Bar

    City Bar, at the UB City Mall (Tel 91 80 42773636) has great drinks and a cool atmosphere.

    I-bar

    I-bar at the Park Hotel hosts theme nights that are very popular with the city's happening set.

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    MustDo Bangalore

    Caf� Mondegar

    Mondegar's nightly traveller-based crowd is as 'colourful' as the wall caricatures by a famous Goan artist, but that could be our beer-goggle glasses talking. Expect to shout your draught beer (around Rs85) orders over the popular, non-stop CD jukebox.

    Drive around in Bangalore

    Commuters drive past a partially completed section of an under-construction elevated corridor of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Bangalore, March 29, 2010 Whenever I have to make any important decision, I go for a drive in the city. At nights. Around Ring Road, the Mysore highway, on that beautiful stretch on Cubbon Road or the new airport road. Bangalore is beautiful at nights and driving helps me clears my mind and think. ...More details

    Relax at Cafe Mocha on Lavelle Road

    Watch a play at the Rangashankara theatre

    Eat Corner House ice-creams

    Order dessert at Cafe Fresco's

    Getting around

    The common man's mode of conveyance is either the bus or the auto-rickshaw. However, buses are not advised if you aren't familiar with the local language. Auto-rickshaws are tricky: drivers are known to fleece their passengers - if they agree ...

    Weather

    Partly Cloudy 26 °C | Partly Cloudy

    While north India heats like a cauldron in summer, Bangalore, which probably has the best climate of all the metropolitan Indian cities, is still tolerable. Temperatures usually hover between 30°C and 35°C during the day and evenings are pleasant.

    Tips for Travellers
    This guide to restaurants around MG Road will make it easier for you to head out for a meal after the game.
    Submitted by Chaithra
    Traffic is a major issue in Bangalore especially on match days with thousands converging to the venue at nearly at the same time. The best way to avoid traffic is ...
    Submitted by Sanmathi
    Bangalore's traffic police frequently check motorists for their alcohol intake - especially around MG Road area, and around other places where there are many pubs - and not just on ...
    Submitted by KC Appaiah

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