No matter how many new, hip-and-happening cities may come about in India, in terms of the night-life, Mumbai still manages to retain the first position. Although, thanks to the curfew hours, nightlife starts a tad bit too early for “night” and closes by 1:30 am, nevertheless, the jazzy and spunky atmosphere that this city has to offer is simply beyond words to describe—after all it’s the city of Bollywood. For all you party goers, here’s a list of all the great pubs that worth a visit while you’re in this city which never sleeps.
14. Blue Frog
Well, if you love high music and live performances, then Blue Frog must definitely star in your “to-visit” list. This high-end club with its egg-shaped seating arrangements, modern LED screens, overpriced but nevertheless great food and drinks along with an endless list of high-profile visitors is a must visit for every night-owl. Well, if you’re there, please don’t miss out on their mouth-watering steaks and burgers!
Up in the 34th floor of Four Seasons Hotel, you’ll find Mumbai’s grandest and perhaps, the most posh rooftop bar and club of Mumbai. If you want to shed off the week’s heat in style with your loved ones, this is definitely your place.
The majestic view of the Haji Ali Mosque, Race course and the Bandra-Worli sea link will definitely rejuvenate and prepare you anew for the upcoming week. While in Aer, don’t miss out on their Lady Boy cocktail while swaying shoulders along Dj Shaan’s tunes.
What’s Mumbai without some Bollywood jig? Located in the heart of South Mumbai and attended by Page 3 personalities, Hype is definitely going to top the list of most exclusive night clubs in Mumbai. Hype is the creation of the famous Disco jockey, Aqeel Ali; so, when you’re there, be prepared to get swept away by some sizzling Bollywood number!
Another much-hyped nightclub, Trilogy is located in Juhu’s Hotel Sea Princes, at the heart of Mumbai. The sizzling red couches alongside a long wooden bar rummaged with exotic cocktails and wines, adorn the level one of the club, while the next houses a clattering and throbbing dance floor. Once you’re here, we recommend you to try their watermelon-basil martinis along with delectable sushis and batter-fried chicken. And, yes, for all you smokers out there don’t be disappointed, this club also features a nice and comfortable smoking room as well!
10. China House
It’s a place which keeps grooving to music even at 3 AM in this age of curfew-hours! Located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, this place is visited by famous DJs from Delhi every week on Fridays, making it a hotspot among the youngsters. However, if you’re planning a visit there, please don’t get along in your most casual outfit or, if you’re a bunch of stags, include some girls in your gang too—otherwise, you might just as well denied a entry at this posh Nightclub. It s a wi-fi enabled club—yes, you have just been permitted to turn a bit groovy in this “late-night” club!
9. Tote on the Turf
If you want a cozy but grand atmosphere with exquisite interiors and décor, Tote of the Turf can be your choice. With trees at the entrance, suspended mezzanine, wood paneled bar among other features, you can never fall out of love with this place. It stocks a splendid variety of beer and Indian wines as well. However, there’s some information to the newbies, this place is not-so-renowned for food, and hence, imports food (especially Kababs) from the nearby restaurant, Neel.
If you’re in awe of the Spanish-styled nightclubs, do try out Amadeus, a famous Spanish restaurant during the week and a sizzling and bustling night club, with a grand, low-lit lounge during the weekend. Although famous for its western music and dance numbers, be equally prepared for the occasional and sudden Bollywood jig as well.
7. Elbo Room
If you want to steer clear of these posh nightclubs and prefer to non-expensive me-time with friends, then Elbo Room is definitely be your thing! Knock off all the week’s tiredness with some cheap martinis, salami pizzas and beer at this small but cozy Bandra address. The best part of Elbo’s Room is that they play some of the best retro rock music on Wednesdays by the guest Djs!
Well, no, this isn’t any teenager’s club, but yes, with posters of Bob Marley, Pulp Fiction and the antique vinyls, it’s surely going to transport you to your teenage! The cozy ambiance, the old-world giant hanging bulbs and the retro pop and rock music promise you a total replenishment of the day’s or the week’s workload. The best thing about this place is its simplicity—and definitely, their mojitos and local beers!
5. Janata Lunch Home
Well, as the name suggests, this place is indeed for the ordinary people like us—it’s a place for coy lovers, for the boisterous college gang and for the gossip-mongering office colleagues. Located at Bandra, it’s a place where you can chat endlessly over a bottle of rum and tandoori chicken till around 1am—and all these, without shedding even half a grand off your pocket!
4. Toto’s Garage
Well, you heard it right—it’s called Toto’s “Garage”, and the décor is too, ermm, kinda like a garage with the body of a VW Beetle suspended above the lounge and the Dj mixing some great numbers in a Maruti Van! The whole interior is done up like some bollywoody garage where you’re served some earthy delicacies chilli paneer and chicken in “mesh wires”! If you want a prim and proper, not-so-crowded place, stay away from this garage!
3. Woodside Inn
Located in a 120-year old heritage building, this “Inn” speaks out loud about Mumbai’s colonial days! Adorned with wooden floors, low ceilings and brilliant photographs over the walls, there’s nothing to dislike about the place. Once you’re there, do try out their pancakes—you’ll keep wanting more..and more!
With its soft white hues, pebbled pathways and dimly-lit atmosphere, Olive presents to you a nice and comfortable Mediterranean retreat. It’s TGITs (Thank God It’s Thursday) are immensely popular among all the party goers and attracts quite some population from the fashion and film industry; where the music grooves till the wee-hours of morning! It’s quite a pricey place—especially the international drinks are priced notches above their prices at other pubs.
The best thing about Alibii, located in Colaba, is the décor which is designed keeping the Biblical seven deadly sins in mind. The 4000sq ft. club is has two sound-gyrating hydraulic cages and around 7 private booths—all of them symbolizing one of the seven deadly sins each. Well, this club, earlier known as Privé, hosts some of the most glamorous and exclusive parties in Mumbai, so if you want to be a part of those, this place is certainly for you. In this age of curfew-hours, if you want to have a jig at some out-of-the-world parties or want to satiate your thirst for alcohol, don’t think twice before knocking down in here. Well, a word of caution: come here only if you’re sure you’ve your credit cards working or are equipped with “adequate” cash—here, the price of even a bottle of club soda can give you a mini heart attack!