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Nightlife in Mumbai, India

There’s a whole new Mumbai that wakes up after the sun goes down. This is the Mumbai of movie halls and street food, restaurants and bars, nightclubs and lounges. The typical Mumbaikar prefers a ‘cinema’ night out with family or a group of friends to see the latest Bollywood or Hollywood film on the big screen. Dinner is before or after the show at a nice restaurant or street food vendor, depending on your budget and likes.

The local bar and nightlife scene has been a tad bit subdued since the Mumbai police banned dance girls at bars, and the state government followed up by banning the dance bars all over Maharashtra. This means all bars that you may bump into on the streets are now strictly for hardcore drinkers - all male. Female visitors in Mumbai are advised to avoid them for obvious reasons. Head to a hotel club instead and keep friends close-by until you get to know your environment a bit better.

The official closing time for establishments serving liquor in Mumbai is 1:30 a.m., but the cops may sometimes barge in shut down bars much before that. If you’re wondering where’s the nightlife here, that would be in the luxury hotels.

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Top 10 Bars and Clubs in Mumbai, India

  • Triology - The Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu is the kind of place where Bollywood stars and celebs living nearby hang out and push weights during the day, and then cut loose after dusk at Triology.
  • Aer - Great lounge to chill out with a drink and enjoy the superb view at the Four Seasons in Worli.
  • Amadeus - This is a classy Spanish restaurant at the NCPA at Nariman Point during the day. On weekends, it turns into a lounge with live music and DJs playing both Bollywood numbers and western music.
  • Shiro - Another Worli watering hole in the Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound for night owls looking for a place to party, drink and dance. They mix it up with live music, DJs, salsa and retro nights and an oriental menu that makes it a good place for sushi as well as dim-sum.
  • Ghetto Bar and Pub - Mumbai’s oldest bar at Breach Candy isn’t that trendy any more, but it’s still a great place to kick back with a drink, play some pool and enjoy the music.
  • The Barking Deer - Mumbai’s first microbrewery, offering craft beer, live music, DJs, good food and a happy vibe with retro nights, ladies nights and other events.
  • Enigma - Hangout of the stars and movers and shakers in Mumbai. Located at the JW Marriott Hotel on Juhu Tara Rd, Juhu.
  • Olive Bar & Kitchen – Another hangout for Mumbai’s film stars and for those who want to be seen with the stars. Located in Bandra, with another branch at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse.
  • Blue Frog - If you’re a regular in Mumbai looking for a bar or club where they mix things up with new gigs all the time, you’d want to be at the Blue Frog in Lower Parel.
  • Hawaiian Shack - Cool place with hot music on Linking Road in Bandra West, where you can dance and get drunk enough to actually believe that you’re in Hawaii.

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Areas to go out in Mumbai, India

The upscale nightlife, party and club scene in Mumbai with dance floors, DJs and live music where you can cut loose and shake a leg can be found in the luxury hotels in areas like Juhu, Colaba, Worli and Bandra.

Think the Vie Lounge or Trilogy at the Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu, or Aer at the Four Seasons in Worli. If you’re looking for beer for beer’s sake, then the best place to be at is The Barking Deer, Mumbai’s first microbrewery, where you’ll find a happening vibe with DJs, expert chefs offering multi-course meals and a pub menu, ladies night, retro night and other events that draw the right kind of crowd to this place.