It?s well known and scarcely debated that cricket brings us together. And while the IPL unleashes passion among fans, the fact that MS Dhoni from Ranchi and Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli (all from Delhi) spearhead teams from different regions, proves that the unity in diversity adage is true.
Despite issues (spot fixing, betting, hosting it in a foreign country due to the elections), the IPL hasn?t lost its charm. Fans are still lining up to buy merchandise and brands are busy getting their advertisements and other communication to complement IPL 2014 ? the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. After an initial scare that could have meant the exclusion of two key teams ? Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) ? fans are now happy that both teams will be allowed to perform and that too under the watchful eyes of former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, who has taken over as the interim president of the BCCI for all IPL matters.
Everyone has their own unique way of enjoying the IPL. While some like watching it, lazing around the couch, the hardcore fans sweat it out at the stadium. And then there?s the third variety ? those who prefer to cheer, clap and scream, while enjoying a drink in the comfort of a bar or pub. Enjoying a sporting encounter in a pub or a lounge is always fun with free flowing liquor, enthusiastic fans and matches shown on large screens. Establishments keep with the trend and modify their interiors, rename their cocktails and mocktails and run contests to keep their guests interested.
Here is a list of places in Bangalore that will be screening IPL 7 matches live:
Vittal Mallya Road
Slick, stylish and trendy interiors and patrons. It gives the city a little taste of what it is to enjoy a sporting encounter in an international bar.
Mai Tai Lounge
A tantalising menu, exotic atmosphere and the best brands of liquor to choose from ? the perfect combination when you?re egging your team?s batmen and bowlers on.
Jade Club is a recreation centre inside Chairman?s Club
20 Feet High - 4369-2931
As the name suggests, this restaurant is actually located 20 feet above ground level. While it?s usually quiet, when IPL matches are screened here, the place is bustling.
Gopalan Signature Mall
Old Madras Road
3 Monkeys has an Island Bar (a bar in the middle of the room), the longest bar counter in India and a huge hall that provides beer enthusiasts a 360 degree view of the brewing process.
A hotel that is comfortable and modern. Enjoy live screening of IPL matches with your favourite food and drink.
Xtreme Sports Bar
Electrifying energy-packed arena. The perfect place watch your favourite IPL team play.
This cosy establishment gets its name from twinkling fairy lights it uses. The menu has interesting dishes worth nibbling on when the match gets to a nail-biting stage.