Combine affluence with a young, educated demographic, and plenty of expats, and the result in Bangalore is a lively, cosmopolitan nightlife to rival any city in India. In fact, the bar scene is so active that Bangalore has earned the moniker 'Pub Capital of India', to add to its many other affectionate nicknames. This reputation is helped along by the many good restaurants. Popular hangouts include Pecos, famed for its jazz, draft beer and loyal clientele; Zero G for its many dance floors, Wednesday-night Bollywood theme and spectacular city views; and Fuga, a swanky nightspot on Residency Road. Also along Residency Road is Casa Del Sol, popular for its Salsa Sundays. Many cities in India have strict curfews and Bangalore's night venues tend to close fairly early so it is best not to expect too many late nights. Last orders are generally taken at 11.30pm. Many bars and clubs segregate men and women, incredibly, in a largely futile bid to preserve moral standards, and this is obviously inconvenient if you are travelling as a couple - but these establishments can simply be avoided. A positive aspect of Bangalore's nightlife is that walking between venues late at night is known to be perfectly safe.
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