|Sl. No.||Team Captain||Team Captain||Home Ground|
|1||Chennai Super Kings||M.S. Dhoni (Mahi or MS)||M.A. Chidambaram Stadium|
|2||Delhi Daredevils||Gautam Gambhi ( Gauti)||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|3||Kings XI Punjab||Ravichandran Ashwin (Ash)||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||Dinesh Karthik(DK)||Eden Gardens|
|5||Mumbai Indians||Rohit Sharma (Hitman)||Wankhede Stadium|
|6||Rajasthan Royals||Ajinkya Rahane (jinx)||Sawai Man Singh Stadium|
|7||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Virat Kohli(Chiku)||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|8||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kane Williamson (Steady the ship)||Rajiv Gandhi Int'l Cricket Stadium|
Summer has set in and the sun has upped the heat. And with the Indian Summer comes the sensation that grips the nation. Yes, IPL 2018! Since this season is when all the franchisees start afresh, after the major overhaul and auction of players since 2014, the IPL just maxed out the heat. And what better way to beat the heat than watching the IPL in the best places in town with your buddies. Here we have compiled the haunts that your gang can frequent to have a slice of the fun in each city;
Best places to watch IPL 2018 in each city:
Starting off with the city with cricketing royalty, there are multiple places to enjoy the action. Courtesy the nightlife of the city. But the ones that make the cut are:
1. Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, Bandra West
The perfect spot, known for its ample space and many craft brews, Kaitlyn’s beer garden is the place to be during IPL season. Making it even more exciting is the drinking games every over. Be it your prediction of wicket coming true or the ball crossing the ropes, the beer keeps flowing. The liveliness definitely makes it one of the Best places to watch the IPL in Mumbai.
2. Geoffrey’s @ Marine Plaza, Marine Lines;
A longtime favourite of many IPL 2018 fans, Geoffrey’s offers numerous combos come IPL season. Modelled on the pubs in England, Geoffrey’s gives a feel of sporting atmosphere the minute you step in. Light on the pocket, they also give a 25% discount if your team wins. Nothing like a discount to go with the win. Cheers!
3. SMAAASH, Lower Parel;
A sports bar with games to play before you and your buddies can grab a drink and chill all the while not missing any of the action. A dream for many? Not at SMAAASH. The perfect mix of Sport and entertainment, the experience at here promises to be something you have never experienced before.
Home to Stalwarts such as Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and THE Rahul Dravid, Bengaluru boasts of a crazed sports ethos and even crazier fan following for the Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore. Get seats at the Chinnaswamy may be tough, but there will always be a place for more sports fans at these venues.
1. Xtreme Sports Bar & Grill, Indiranagar, Sarjapur Rd, new BEL Rd;
As the name suggests, this place caters to the live streaming of a variety of sports and come IPL season, it pulls in the ‘RCBians’ like no other place. With 3 branches to choose from, it has ample space to accommodate large groups and has a bunch of exciting IPL themed combos and games each new season.
2. Guzzlers Inn, off. Brigade Rd;
Nothing goes together quite like Kebabs and Cricket, and the good people at @ Guzzler’s Inn know this well. The dim light ambience might fool you, but this place is high on energy. The kebab platter is something as refined and tasteful as Tendulkar’s cover drive. The awesome combination of splendid food and bombastic cricket make this one of the Best places to watch IPL in Bengaluru with your gang.
3. Biergarten, Whitefield;
The newest addition, Biergarten offers something other than the tried and tested; Seemingly outside the mould of typical ‘sports bars’. Space is never an issue here with open air seating and the matches are made more interesting with a wide range of craft beers. This is the perfect destination for the party animals to celebrate IPL.
New Delhi, Noida and Gurugram
High Energy and Delhi are associated together, and they are done quite rightly. Home to the Delhi Daredevils, the city offers quite a lot of options depending on the type of supporter you are; whether the enthusiastic cheerleader or the analytic observing fan.
1. The Backyard, Hauz Khas Village;
The best matches are made perfect by you being here. The perfect combination of sport & food, The backyard has a spread of cuisines such as American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican to choose from. Making every run and every ball even more Delicious. The Classic Mojito and the Mezze Platter are the favourites of almost every patron to enjoy the evening.
2. HOWZATT, The Galaxy Hotel, Gurugram
Excellent would be the answer to the name of this sports bar. The only Cricket themed Sports bar is home to home to some of the most diehard fans of the Daredevils. Enjoy the Boutique brews from the friendly bartenders and the wide range of cocktails, appetizers & cocktails. Enjoy the game with other like-minded fans in the cosy atmosphere. What more can a cricket fan ask for, and hence ‘HOWZATT’ is propelled into the league of ‘The Best places to watch IPL in the whole country.
3. Lawn Bistro, Sector 15, Noida;
The dishes at this place are exciting and varied as each ball of a leg-spinner. With a variety of foods to savour as the match begins, this place is for the more relaxed sports enthusiast who likes to experiment with his food, not with the bowlers’ line and length. The vibrant et not noisy atmosphere creates a calm and provides an exciting mix of fun times and IPL.
Image Courtesy: Chennai Super Kings Team.
All the ecstatic fans of the Chennai Super Kings, we give you even more reason to cheer. A season of reckoning for the Super Kings lies ahead and what better way than to come together as fans and cheer for the undying spirit of Chennai exemplified by Captain Cool, MS Dhoni.
1. Paddington Pub, GLM Meridian Hotel;
Don’t let the name fool you, it is nothing to do with cuddly teddy bears. Known for its affordable spirits across the city, ardent fans flock to the pub to witness the sporting brilliance of the IPL. Recommended by every patron are the Mutton Sheekh kebab and the pepper fried Mushrooms, that gel well with your drinks. This is also the choice of many students across the city, so expect a young atmosphere.
2. Willows, Westin Hotel;
Hands down one of the best places to watch IPL 2018 in Chennai. A treat for every cricket fan, the cricket craze has spread to its ambience in the pub in its plush cricket décor. The pub remains open until 2 am and the DJ keeps playing. A delight for every CSK fan, a visit to the Willows with your buddies is a must. The main attraction is the 10 shots for 1000 Rupees. If a challenge is what you crave along with the action on the field, this is the place for you.
3. Watson’s, T Nagar;
The famous Bangalore pub has now come to Chennai. Ample space and attractive combo offers make this another frequent spot for the young sports enthusiasts. Recommended unanimously is the Pepper Pork fry and the Malayalee cuisine does not disappoint. Another place for you to check out during the IPL season with all your buddies.
The turf of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Hyderabad offers a slew of places to watch the matches live. The young IT crowd also offers a chance to mingle with other fans and make some new friends. Here is the list of the pubs that are the best to view the action.
1. Shamrock The Irish Bar, Hitech City;
Shamrock is unarguably the most comfortable place in the whole of Hyderabad. The Stuffed Mushroom is a fan favourite and the Dancefloor gives you the joy of celebrating the triumph of your teams in style. Be prepared by practising your moves though.
2. Over the Moon, Jubilee Hills;
A gorgeous rooftop view while watching the matches live. What else can any fan ask for? Lying in the lap of luxury of Jubilee Hills, one may just get a chance to meet the stars that are said to frequent this pub. A choice of Asian, Continental, Italian and Indian is available at this place. It also has a dedicated Smoking Space, a plus for many non-smokers to watch the match comfortably.
3. TECHYS Work and Play Bar, Jubilee Hills;
A favourite of the fans for the comfortable ambience and relaxed seating, TECHYS gives a space for everyone to unwind and enjoy a match peacefully. Famed for their Mutton Keema Balls and Shanghai Veg Roll. A gigantic screen beckons you at this Pub. A regular watering hole for the young tech crowd, there are a bunch of activities that one can take part in if the match is not your team’s.
The Rajasthan Royals are the other team to be back in IPL 2018. And the fans will be ecstatic to support their team to the fullest. The winners of the Inaugural IPL, the Boys of the Royal City will want to retain the crown to be the kings once again.
1. WTF- Watch Treat Freak, Ashok Nagar;
A fresh new place on the radar, it has become a favourite among the youth. A place that streams almost every sport, and has many activities such as Billiards, Pool etc, this is an interactive party lounge and sports pub. The place boasts of multiple screens to watch from any corner.
2. Jaipur Adda, Bani Park;
A Rooftop view beckons you at Jaipur Adda, along with their famous Masala Karari Roti & Chicken Skewers. A favourite of the Royals’ fans, the music another factor that pulls in the fans across town. It’s cosy ambience make it one of the best places to watch the IPL 2018.
3. Lounge 18, Jaipur Marriot, Tonk Road;
A part of the Marriot, the pub is a bit on the costly side, but a treat to be during Match time. The atmosphere is Electrifying, to say the least. The factor pulling in the crowd is the unlimited domestic beverages offered. Enjoy to your maximum at Lounge 18.
This city loves their cricket as much as they love their fish if not more. Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo is across the town as IPL hits Fever pitch. The city has some of fiercest loyal fans of IPL 2018, making all the KKR matches a fierce affair.
1. Monkey Bar, Elgin;
If predicting is your forte, then head to Monkey Bar for a bit of Harmless fun. The prediction card offers many perks when your predictions come through and the beautiful Skyline can be viewed from here. A plethora of drinking games awaits you too. The cuisine offered is Asian, Indian & European.
2. Urban Desi, Camac Street;
Ranking as one of the best sports bars in the city, the pub attracts the fans young and old alike. The affordable food and drinks make it a place that one must try when in Kolkata to get the feel for the sport.
So Ladies and Gentlemen, Plan your outings and to help you we have also uploaded the IPL 2018 schedule right below;