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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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.