Travelers around the country believe that Pune has a relaxed vibe about it and I realized how absolutely right they were when I experienced the city first-hand. Everything from the weather to the traffic beautifully syncs in this city. After spending a couple of lovely days in Pune, I decided to explore its nightlife since I had heard so much about the pubs and lounges here. While I could only explore the nightlife for 2 nights, I was able to pick some of the must-visit pubs in Pune:
Social has taken most metro cities by storm for its unique and casual mood. Easy yet sophisticated, Social is typically known for its hospitality, music, and ambience. With plenty of daylight flooding in, the place is spacious and offers an outdoor seating area which is one of the best in Pune. Their concoctions of drinks are great and their food menu is elaborate with tons of options to choose from.
The music here is upbeat and adds to the charm of the pub. If you are in the mood to shake a leg, head here after 9 pm as the place picks up tempo then. Social might not be cost-effective for everyone but works well if you plan to visit it once in a while.
- Location: FC Road
- Timings: 9 am to 1 am
- Cost for Two: INR 1500 (approx.)
2. Effingut Brewerkz
This is one of the best places in Pune if you are looking for a combination of great drinks, delicious food, and peppy dance music. The energy of the pub is outstanding and instantly lifts you up after a long day at work. Try their beer, LIIT, and assortment of finger food while you sway to the music. The ambience of Effingut is rustic with bookshelves lining the walls, low lighting, and an over-all warm welcoming vibe. For those who don’t enjoy dancing and prefer soft music, the place offers a super comfortable lounging area.
- Location: Koregaon Park
- Timings: 12:30 pm to 1:30 am
- Cost for Two: INR 2400 (approx.)
3. 1000 Oaks
In one word, the ambience of 1000 Oaks is captivating. Reminding you of the beach town of Goa, the restaurant has an arresting outdoor seating and an equally welcoming indoor seating. Personally, I felt the outside ambience was one step ahead, however, if you are looking for an intimate experience, choose to sit indoors. With great music and delicious food, this is a brilliant option for a night out packed with dancing or for simply unwinding.
- Location: East Street
- Timings: 12:30 pm to 12 am
- Cost for Two: INR 1300 (approx.)
4. The Urban Foundry
Urban Foundry has slowly gone to become one of the best pubs in Pune. Known for its music, rusty ambience and absolutely stunning bar, it has an incomparable easy-going aura to it. The service is outstanding and if you are looking for a relaxed night out with remarkable music and food (especially the beef chili), this should definitely be on your list.
- Location: Balewadi High Street
- Timings: 12 pm to 1 am
- Cost for Two: INR 1500 (approx.)
A rooftop bar, melodious music and food so good, you will want to come back for more! Penthouze is a favorite with Pune-ites and sees a steady flow of regular customers week after week. The service of the pub is a winner and so is the ambience which is what any party goer looks forward to. The best part and perhaps what makes Penthouze so attractive is its laidback vibe despite it being one of the most high-end pubs.
- Location: KP Annexe, Mundhwa Road
- Timings: 7 pm to 1:30 am
- Cost for Two: INR 2200 (approx.)
Take a peek into European style of celebration with a lively evening at Euriska. Serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine, this contemporary bar is ideal for a fun night out. A mix between a casual lounge and a nightclub, the pub is known for its live bands, and also for hosting some of the best music bands in India. The crowd is a mix of music lovers and those who enjoy their evening by grooving and indulging in great delicacies.
- Location: Next to Koregaon Park Plaza, Mundhwa Road
- Timings: 5 pm to 12 am
- Cost for Two: INR 2500 (approx.)
7. The House of Medici
Say hello to The House of Medici which was earlier known as Kue Bar. With its new identity, the revamped nightclub shines in thoughtfully done interiors and a vibe that is unmatched in Pune. The DJs here generally are the pulling force for party animals as they play some exceptional music. Drastically distinct from most pubs, Medici’s lighting and ambience add to the charm of the place rather than disrupting the vibe. The prices are definitely on the higher side and may not suit you if you are looking to make it a regular haunt. For special occasions, this one definitely tops the list.
- Location: The Westin, Mundhwa
- Timings: 7:30 pm to 1:30 am
- Cost for Two: INR 3000 (approx.)
8. Area 51
An offbeat name makes for an offbeat place. Budget friendly, absolutely cheery music and exceptional service make Area 51 a euphoric place for party hoppers. Oh, and all you Bollywood lovers, make your way to this place since it hosts Bollywood nights as well. Area 51 is mainly popular for its electrifying sound system, and perhaps one of the best in Pune. Pubs are known to not have great food but this one definitely is an exception with yummy finger food and surprisingly an assortment of healthy appetizers.
- Location: Baner
- Timings: 8 pm to 1:30 am
- Cost for Two: INR 1800 (approx.)
9. Teddy Boy
If the name of this pub doesn’t interest you, the rumors of its fantastic rooftop bar definitely will. For me, it was perhaps the best rooftop setting with a comforting vibe and absolutely lovely service. On Wednesdays and Fridays, you are in for a special treat since they have a separate closed dance floor which sets a perfect upbeat mood. Entry here is free, and so, it fits everyone’s pockets perfectly. Do try this place on a Friday since weekends tend to get over-crowded here.
- Location: Baner
- Timings: 5 pm to 12:30 am
- Cost for Two: INR 1200 (approx.)