Should ladies’ night still be a thing in 2017? It certainly is at Indiranagar’s brand new bar, where other antiquities include neon blue lights and blaring Long Island Iced Tea promotions.
When all three of the above combine, they result in big, blurry groups of ladies – imagine whales swimming in slow motion and speaking in high pitches. The boy among us, now worried, orders his own LIT and dives in. We follow suit. This cocktail is stiff and has the ability to multiply quickly. Good specimen, excellent behaviour. In the spirit of this blue-tinged time travel, we also order a round of screwdrivers, which are unnecessarily sweet and devoid of any citrus.
The food menu mimics many Indiranagar bars: there’s a bowl of sweetened masala peanuts; crispy Chow Chow Chicken which will go well with any straight-up drink; and tightly rolled, hearty-minty seekh kebabs.
The Snape of You
The female DJ (pointed out to us by our server while talking up ladies’ night) turns tunes that don’t match the furniture circa 2000. Now, everything and everyone gravitates towards the dance floor, and if you’ve consumed enough LITs, dancing to The Shape of You can be a lot of fun. We seem to be the oldest at the club and draw the line at Despacito, which is when bums are returned to seats and mains ordered.
Everything and everyone gravitates towards the dance floor, and if you’ve consumed enough LITs, dancing to The Shape of You can be a lot of fun.
Our server recommends the “most popular dish”, which turns out to be a toxic, bright saffron chicken biryani packing surprisingly generous amounts of tender meat. Murgh makhni presents excessively oily fenugreek-tomato gravy, but we sop it up with butter naans anyway. We skip gulab jamuns to avoid the flashback from our last badly catered wedding banquet.
Neither the food nor the vibe will compel you to visit Head O State. But as long as there is gender discrimination, by God there will be dancing. Ladies’ night is every Thursday, and includes cocktails and horrifyingly coloured shots on the house for women.
Getting there: 2nd floor, Above Bata Showroom, 2nd Stage, HAL, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. A meal for two costs approximately Rs 2,100 (cheap drinks, when they’re not free!).
Accessibility: One step up to the elevator that opens on the 2nd floor.
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