Thinking outside the box is driving the new millennium.And cosmopolitan Bengaluru is galloping with the same young creative spirit. City’s popular night spots have been deconstructed. They are doubling up as workstations during the day for many .
From an energised chic bar at night to a savvy office space during the day, conceptual clubs have become the order of the day .
Armed with office essentials like free internet, scanning and photocopying facilities, a boardroom, secretarial and concierge services during the typical 9-to-5 format, these concept clubs and cafes make for unique alternative work spaces.They have become a hit with the creatively bent like freelancer writers, photographers, bloggers, startup entrepreneurs, designers and advertising professionals. Neha Bagaria founded women’s recruitment portal JobsForHer.com on the bar tables of Church Street Social. “Located in the heart of the city, conducive office environment, great food and helpful staff have made Social a great support for young professionals and start-ups like ours to hold meetings with clients and brainstorm ideas,“ said Bagaria.
Another regular is start-up entrepreneur Ruchira Singh who founded BlueBot Digital advertising agency here. She finds the blend of bar and of fice “positively awesome“.“Earlier we would carry our work to a bar at night. Now we are in a bar ambience all the time. Social turns into a party place after 6:30 pm.People are dancing and we work.This environment lessens the pres sure,“ said Singh.
The Social chain owner Riyaz Amlani calls the online to offline club concept “Caffice“. “Caffice is a collaborative space of a café and an office making it a place of ideas and expression. Time and space constraint has led to this trend. Thanks to technology, you can work from anywhere. The new generation also likes to share everything they do.Disciplinary cross-pollination of ideas makes them feel alive and productive,“ said Amlani, who plans to add 80 branches across India in the next four years.
Puma Social Club in Indiranagar recently launched a co-working space called The Den. Open from 11 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday , it plays office with printing, scanning and internet facilities besides a special working food and beverage menu. “This concept is a relevant space for those who don’t have plush offices. Also, there are many top companies who have their headquarters in Delhi and Mumbai. But have a small regional office here. A nice centrally-located space be comes ideal to entertain clients,“ said Abhishek Ganguly , managing director, Puma India. Young photographer Chiranth Wodeyar mostly works out of the Den since his own studio is located away in JP Nagar.
City’s popular by-invitation night club, Sanctum, offers secretarial and concierge services to its members during the day . “The secretary-oncall will photocopy documents, print your flight tickets and even send out emails for you. We also personalise and conceptualise a member’s corporate presentation or an official party ,“ said Baba Chandok, partner at Sanctum.
Bengaluru is home to cafes and bars like the Watson’s, Starbucks, Coffee Day Square and Matteo that offer free wifi which beckons many to work with leisure. Regulars at resto-bars like the Skyye and Sanchos get access to in-house wi-fi.
Source : ET