Everyone loves Ladies’ Night. We women love it because we are treated special, don’t queue and we are gifted cocktail after cocktail throughout the night. Fabulous!! Men love it because the ratio of stunning ladies in the bar all of a sudden soars into double and triple digits. This reality is not the norm on any other night of the week, even on Saturdays. Although, I would guess that my lovely lesbian friends back in Sitges would make fun of me for saying this, rightly claiming that every night is ladies’ night for them. Fair enough!
I don’t want to bore you by recounting my first ladies night experience 5 weeks ago but I would like to offer up a quick recap. When I first moved to Bangalore around the middle of April, I was staying in a hotel just off 100 Feet Road for the first month. At the time, I hadn’t met any friends yet so each night I would take myself out on a date with my laptop for a glass of wine and some dinner. My work mate Sudarshan had suggested I try Xtreme Sports Bar because they played rock music on certain nights and it turns out he was Johnny-spot-on and I really did like it. The staff is really nice, the Greek salad is yummy, it’s kind of dark and they have WiFi, haha. Looking back I guess I had either gone on a Monday or Tuesday the first time so you can imagine my surprise when I was at Xtreme on a Wednesday night and for the first time saw modern, liberal Indian woman out in huge numbers in the sports bar that had been filled with a bunch of guys for the most part on my other two visits.
I felt like a real dork sitting with my laptop bellied up to the bar as group after group of trendy, attractive, young ladies came pouring into Xtreme. I mean, in the space of 30 minutes the place filled to capacity. And until that night I had not seen groups of girls with sexy outfits, throwing back shots and cocktails one after the other. At work, of course it’s impossible to get a real feel for how my female colleagues behave away from the office. Generally speaking, for 5 weeks I had been exposed only to quiet female colleagues, many of whom wear salwar kameez or even sari’s to work every day. That night was a real eye-opener to the fact that basically the social realities of the party scene in Bangalore is more or less like it is back home in Barcelona or L.A. Rock on!
But wait, it’s not actually the same at all. In a few ways it’s much cooler. First, like the U.S. does with so many things, they have banned Ladies’ Night as a concept stating that it is unfair practice, unconstitutional, etc…same bullshit that happens in the U.S. when religious groups start lobbying against something as simple as a marketing gimmick and sales promotion that bars used to try and increase the number of ladies in bars to attract more men and boost revenue. As I was researching the topic I also learned that the U.S. banned “ladies’ day at the car wash” years ago too for the same reasons. Honestly!! So lame! But here in Bangalore, Ladies’ Night is alive and kicking and the bars do a great job to ensure that the location is packed.
Now to be fair, I didn’t stay and party at Xtreme so I can basically only comment on the fact that the place filled up with a great mix of guys and energetic, smiling and stunning ladies. There were glow in the dark wrist bands slapped onto wrists for fun, carnival masks given out and ladies were given free drinks. The music at ladies’ night was more pop than house but it was okay.
Love Shack in Indira Nagar is fast becoming one of my favorite bars in Bangalore. I have had a great night each time I’ve been to Love Shack, of course my new friends are the main reason why but that’s not the only reason. The staff are really cute and wear either all black or Hawaiian shirts (I think bartenders are in black and food servers are in Hawaiian shirts but I’m not sure) and they are very attentive. I love the interior design of the bar, it makes me want to just chillax and stay there all night…comfy chairs, lots of different alcoves and open space. The music is great, starts out more commercial and retro earlier in the night and then around 20:00 it shifts over to house. My group of Indian friends hang out there so it’s fun to spontaneously run into people I know in an evening (which is WONDERFUL when you are new to a city like me and don’t know many people). And, oddly enough, they have TWO ladies toilets. I know this sounds like a strange reason but it makes a difference. As much as I love some clubs, when they only have one stall it really isn’t fun waiting in a huge queue when you’d rather be outside with your friends enjoying your night.
Wednesday night was ladies night and it was really fun. First, ladies are given a gift pack of three pink drink coupons as we walk through the door. I loved that…didn’t expect it so for me it was just like receiving a little gift. I’m just not accustomed to ladies night yet and the great benefits for us. Although to be honest I forgot to use them so they are still here in my wallet, all three of them, haha. What a dumb blonde move but I suppose I can use them another time (hope that’s okay, Himesh??). I have to share that Wednesday night was my first time here in Bangalore when I really smiled when I woke up the next morning after checking my purse and seeing drink coupons and credit card receipts and cards in my bag that I had forgotten were there…probably should have diluted the margaritas with a water or two but that didn’t happen.
By 21:00 or 21:30 the entire place was filled. Every table and chair was occupied, the open area around the bar was completely packed and the bartenders were working overtime shaking up cocktails and pouring drinks. Now Wednesday night at Love Shack is also Karaoke night, so after about 21:45 the house music changed to pop’y mixes of today’s hits like Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, which is an improvement on the typical Frank Sinatra, haha. Personally I prefer the house music but everyone was having such a fun time that it was actually pretty entertaining.
Next Wednesday, check out ladies night somewhere in town. I promise that it is a fun time out with friends. Please come back and share your experience too 🙂
XOXO from Bangalore
© Angela Carson and Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011