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HOW DID THE VINE BANGALORE START?
We created The Vine for a few reasons:
BEFORE ARRIVING IN BANGALORE
We couldn’t find any websites that provided us with information about expat life in BLR. A possible move always sends us googling for info about our would-be new home (what are the schools like, do the grocery stores carry my favorite products, how safe is the city, what are the best areas for us to live, and so many more) but this time we weren’t able to find any online resources.
ONCE WE ARRIVED IN BANGALORE
It was tough to know what info to trust online. It was frustrating to spend an hour and a half in the car to try out a restaurant with good online reviews only to be disappointed. We were grateful for tips from new neighbors and expat forums but wished we didn’t need to rely on them so much. Everything in BLR seemed to be shared by word of mouth, and sometimes it seemed that even good tips were stuck in traffic …
We were sick of WhatsApp groups! A hundred groups pinging away all day with useful information from extremely helpful friends and neighbors… yet there was one problem. When we actually needed the info, it was a pain to scroll back through and find them, and worse yet, everytime someone new entered the group, they weren’t able to see any old messages.
That’s why we decided to put all the best spots, advice, and guides in one place. A place where info could be accessed and quickly searched for whenever wherever! Now you know where you’ll hear about the best of Bangalore, you’ll hear it through the grapevine!
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHO TO WRITE ABOUT?
We’ll never recommend a place that we or someone we know hasn’t tried. We’re not here to tell you about Zomato’s favorite restaurants; we’re here to share places that we loved and think you will too. The tips and advice we post come from the combined experiences of people like you, people that have moved to Bangalore from somewhere else.
BANGALORE, BENGALURU, BLR, B’LORE, BNG… THE VINE USES THEM ALL, WHICH ONE IS CORRECT?
WE HAVE NO IDEA. Technically they’re all right. We favor ‘Bangalore’ and ‘BLR’, but use the others occasionally as well.
IS ALL THE INFORMATION ON HERE TRUE?
We try our best to make sure all the info on The Vine is 100% accurate and up-to-date, but things happen… especially here in India. Restaurants close, prices increase, and phone numbers change (A LOT!) If you ever read anything on The Vine that you feel is no longer relevant, please do let us know here. Thanks!
HOW CAN I JOIN THE VINE’S MAILING LIST?
You can subscribe for occasional newsletters at the bottom of every page. Don’t worry, we know you get enough spam messages here in India, and we’ll never share your details with third-parties without your permission. That’s a promise!