Unraveling The Other Side of the City With Mumbai Nightlife Guide

Published:18 Feb, 2019/ Ashwini[1]

If you wish to explore Mumbai city at its purest form, explore it when the sun sets. The city is free from all chaos and everything just takes a step back. Mumbai’s nightlife has got a life of its own. Taking the break from the chaos of being Mumbai[2], the city lights up during the night to give a glimpse of a different world altogether. The bustling streets are often met with an eerie silence, reminding why 1.84 crore people love to call this city their home. While they say that Mumbai never sleeps, they don’t mention that Mumbai at night is a love at first sight. The aesthetics, the late night food walks, finding a quaint little corner; all this combined together makes this city worth exploring after the sun has fallen asleep. So do you want a quick guide to where all you should go to enjoy the nightlife in Mumbai? Well, here is your one stop solution.

Gateway of India

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The guardian angel of the city, Gateway of India looks even more aesthetically pleasing during the night. The lit Gateway, complemented with the Arabian Sea gives a sense of calm and ease, which is rare to find in a city like this. Having its own nightlife, Gateway of India usually witnesses crowd visiting the monument, seeking some quiet time and late night snack. The aroma of sea water alongside the still Mumbai, as the city takes a nap, make up for an amazing experience. Seldom do you experience Mumbai take a breather and night time at Gateway of India[3] gives you a chance to witness it.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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The UNESCO World Heritage monument, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus[4] is a sight to behold during the night time. Illuminating with colourful lights, the colonial era building lights up to narrate the glorious tales of the past. An icon of Mumbai, you have got to visit this site at night to witness the grandeur of the structure standing in utter peace.

Juhu Beach

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There is no other place in Mumbai more famous than Juhu Beach[5]. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, the Juhu Chaupati beach is an icon in the city which has gone onto become one of the most crowded spots. However, it’s during the night time that the beach puts forward a whole new experience. The cold breeze of the sea fused with the nightlife of the beach is pure bliss in this city. Very often do you get to relax amidst the seas in Mumbai and when you do, you would want to savour it all.

Marine Drive

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If there was to be a postcard image of Mumbai, it would be the alluring Marine Drive. The 3.6km Boulevard is one of the busiest roads in the world but when the sun sets and the life in this city takes a breather, the iconic road blooms with the lights of the street. With Sea on one side and the vast city on the other, a drive across the Marine Drive would be no less than therapy.

For a never ending party: Nightclubs and pubs in Mumbai

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Nightlife in Mumbai has no match whatsoever in India and nightclubs and pubs are an integral part of a nightlife experience in Mumbai. If the blasting music, booze and an energetic crowd is your way of blowing off steam then this section is for you. Check out some of the best nightclubs, pubs and bars in Mumbai.

AER

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Set up on the 34th floor of the famous Four Season Hotel, AER is one of the best nightclubs in Mumbai. A posh and lavish rooftop bar and club in Mumbai, AER offers a breathtaking scenic view of the city’s horizon, lit by the light of the night. If you happen to be a fine-dine person, AER is perfect for you as it serves a wide range of lip-smacking cuisines and the bar of AER has no match in the city. There is also a dance floor for you to show your moves. You can visit here with family, friends or your special someone and you can together cherish the view of the “city of dreams”.

Where: 1/136, 34th Floor, Dr E Moses Rd, Worli

Timings: 5 pm to 2 am.

Things to try: Chicken Teriyaki, Pepperoni Pizza, Threaded Chicken, Vanilla Creme Brulee and drinks as per your need. AER is famous for its wide range of collection. You name it and AER would definitely have it.

Poison

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As the name suggests, this place offers your choice of poison served to be alongside a chic ambience and a surround system that can help you achieve Moksha. One of the best nightlife clubs in Mumbai, Poison has got some of the best music lineups available in the city, with music ranging from jazz, rock, house, EDM to Bollywood. So, if you wish to blow off some steam with your gang, Poison has got you covered. Poison also attracts some big name celebs, so be on the lookout during your next visit here.

Address: Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Timings: 5 pm to 3 am

Café Leopold

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The famous Irani cafe is a major attraction in the city. Alongside its authentic Irani menu and tranquil environment, the cafe became a national name after the infamous 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Leopold is one of the few remaining places in the city where you can be timeless, enjoying the delicacies and the ambience. If you wish to experience some lip-smacking food in a budget price, then look no further than Cafe Leopold.

Address: S.B. Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai

Timings:

7:30 am to 12 midnight

Things to try: Mutton Keema, Roast Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Chocolate Ecstasy, Grilled Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce, Mojito, Salads.

Asilo

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Breaking the record of AER, Asilo is the highest pub and bar in Mumbai. Located at the 40th floor of the St Regis Hotel, Asilo is one of the most lavish nightclubs in Mumbai. Exhibiting a fine range of alcohols and lip-smacking European and Mediterranean cuisines, Asilo is perfect for a cosy romantic date with your significant other. Asilo also has a dance floor and the music here would compel you to groove on the music. If you are seeking luxury nightlife options, don’t think twice before coming to Asilo. Although it’s a bit expensive, the open air view of the city is worth every penny spent and the view has made this place a popular luxury nightlife venue.

Address: 40th Floor, St Regis Hotel, Lower Parel | Lower Parel

Timings: Mon-Sat — 5pm to 1:30am       Sunday — 12:30pm to 1:30am

Things to try: Pizza, Fish, Tiramisu Martin, Chocolate Volcano, Ravioli, Cheese Fritter,

Entertainment and live music for the lively folks

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After a long, hectic day at work, many of us wish to unwind the stress of the entire day with some booze, friends and live music. Well, Mumbai has got you covered with its amazing choices of entertainment and live music options for memorable nightlife experiences in the city.

Anti-Social, Khar

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In the basement of the Social, Khar lies the famous hipster nightlife option–antiSocial. It is a perfect venue for those seeking a break from the rush of the city and chaos that accompanies it. Hosting poetry sessions, live music concerts, design showcases, workshops, art exhibitions, pow wows, screenings and literary evenings, this place has everything quirky you can think of. The entry fee is affordable and the food is the same as Social Khar. The best thing about antiSocial is the affordable food price and cheap booze alongside some groovy music and this has made antiSocial a popular hangout destination in Mumbai.

Address: Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, S.V. Road, Khar West, Khar Timings: 12 noon to 12 am.

Entry fee: The entry ticket for the events are usually between 300-500 per person.

Tryst

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This discotheque in the Lower Parel is the hotspot for the party animals in Mumbai, looking to get drunk and dance to the groovy music. One of the best bars & pubs in Mumbai, Tryst has countless lights that change colours with the change in music. The game of lights is visible throughout the disco and they make for an amazing experience while you gulp down the shots of alcohol. Also, Tryst has got VIP tables that have in-built gadgetry, which would display your name and menu. So, if you are feeling rich, head out to Tryst for an amazing night with friends, booze and music.

Address: Phoenix Mill Compound, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel

Timings: 10:30pm to 1:30am

Tote on the Turf

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The perfect atmosphere complimented by some of the best music lineups, Tote on the turf is turning heads of the people with its amazing services and an ambience to die for. Specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern generation, the Bar cum restaurant ensures you get a perfect blend of nature and modernity. The music played in here is the biggest attraction and Tote on the turf has gone onto become a popular hit amongst celebrities. So, come here and experience the best of music, food and booze with your buddies.

Address: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Gate 5 & 6, Keshav Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi

Timings: 7pm to 11:30pm

Canvas Laugh Club

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Stand Up comedy has taken every city by storm and instead of going to movies or bars, people have started coming to comedy clubs for open mics and stand up events. Well, Canvas Laugh in Lower Parel is arguably the best of comedy clubs in the city. The open mic nights give every enthusiast a chance to test out his/her comic skills. So, if you think you are Chandler Bing of your group then head out to Canvas Laugh Club and spread laughter with everybody. Also, the casual menu of the club is a hit amongst the regulars here.

Address: 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel

Timings: 12 noon to 10:30 pm.

Late night movies at Regal

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Are you a late night movie and long drive person? If the answer is yes, then Mumbai has got amazing options for you. One of the best late night movie options is the famous Regal cinema hall. Inaugurated in 1933, Regal in Mumbai is one of the oldest theatres in the country and you can be part of the heritage.

Address: Colaba Causeway, Opposite Prince of Wales Museum, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road

Late night adventures in Mumbai

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For all the adrenaline junkies who can’t live without adventure, Mumbai won’t disappoint you. Well, as they say, this city never sleeps and the same is applicable for the adventure in the city.

Cycling

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While the streets of Mumbai are usually red on the google maps, the nights are altogether a different world. The empty streets and the moderate coastal climate make for a perfect condition for cycling. Don’t forget to head out to all the popular spots like Marine Drive, Shivaji Park and many more places. There are organisers who manage such events and with minimal fees, you can experience a different shade of Mumbai.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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The famous bridge across Mahim Bay, the famous cable-stayed bridge is an architectural marvel. Connecting Bandra and Worli, the night scene of the bridge is a reminder of why Mumbai is one of the best cities to live in. Driving on empty streets of this city is no less than a dream and this 5.6km long bridge is one of the best places to drive and feel the fresh breeze of Sea. Exploring the nightlife in Mumbai is never complete without a serene drive across the Bandra Worli Sea Link.

Night Cruise Tour

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Embrace yourself for what is to come because you can take your significant out on a date on a cruise ship. Yes, you heard it right. Mumbai might have its flaws but the sea in this city is something that makes up for every issue the city has. Get on-board the cruise ship and enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner as the cruise sails across the Arabian Sea, giving you a night tour of the Mumbai coast.

Sundown Parasailing

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With late working hours and limited holiday, many of us miss out on the adventures the city has to offer. But don’t worry because the Water Sports Complex in Marine Drive offers sundown parasailing. So, now you can enjoy the mesmerizing skyline of the city, without having to worry about taking an off. All you have to do is reach the complex by 6 pm and you will be strapped with a lit up parachute and hooked to a winch boat, sailing in the Arabian Sea.

Sweet cravings

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This is a blessing and a curse. Craving for dessert or something sweet to munch upon late in the night and not knowing where to go is probably one of the worst feelings in the world. I have spent countless nights searching for something sweet, eventually going back to bed empty-handed. But you don’t need to worry, check out these late night eateries in Mumbai for your sweet cravings.

The Rolling Pins, Lower Parel

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In the rush of the city lies a cosy, quaint cafe in the streets of Lower Parel. Serving some of the best confectionary items and baked goods, the Rolling Pins has gone onto to become one of the best cafes in Mumbai. The bakery section of the cafe serving pastries and cakes is the most popular section here. You can come here after your lavish dinner and enjoy the infinite range of pastries available. The cafe menu is also quite popular here.

Address: 12, Janta Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel

Timings: 11 am to 12 midnight

Things to try: Oreo Cheesecake, Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse, Belgium Swiss Chocolate Pastries, Paneer Tikka Wrap, Kashmiri Kahwa, Nutella Cookie, Burgers, Chilli Paneer, Nutella Waffle, Cheesy Fries.

Theobroma, Bandra

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One of the most famous bakeries, Theobroma is one of the few surviving Parsi bakeries in Mumbai. Offering an infinite range of baked goods, their speciality is the variety of pastries on exhibition. Their chocolate brownie is famous throughout the city and if you ever feel like having a pastry or a cake, there is no better place than Theobroma in Bandra.

Address: The Capital, Ground Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex Timings: 8 am to 12 midnight

Things to try: Butter Croissant, Cookie Brownie, Overload Brownie, Cheesecake, Opium Pastry, Chocolate Mousse Cake.

K Rustom’s Ice Cream, Churchgate

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There is one shop for all your ice cream cravings and it is K Rustom’s Ice Cream in Churchgate. The famous shop has been there for a long time and it has made quite a name for itself for its experimental style of menu. Serving a wide range of ice creams, you will be left confused about your choices.

Address: 87 Stadium House, Opposite Ambassador Hotel, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate

Timings: 9:30am to 11pm

Things to try: Ice Cream Sandwich, Mango Lassi, Coffee, Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate Walnut, Choco Crunch

Late night munchies for always hungry foodies

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This is my favourite thing to do in every city I go to. Street food and local restaurants are my love and many others like me can’t survive without them but scavenging for good food at night is a completely different adventure. First, you get very few options but all of them offer lip-smacking food. These are some of the best restaurant cum street food options available till late night in Mumbai.

Go!Biryan

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As the name suggests, Go Biryan is famous for its biryani. Located in Andheri, the famous late night food joint in Mumbai offers lip-smacking chicken delicacies till 3:30 in the night. Serving spicy and fresh chicken and mutton dishes, the restaurant has made quite a name for itself amongst the foodies in this city. So, next time you have any late night biryani or chicken craving, head out to Go! Biryan in Andheri. They have also got 5 other restaurants in Mumbai.

Address: 311, Snehanjali CHS, Near Samartha Aishwarya, Adarsh Nagar/Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West

Timings: 11:30am to 3:30am.

Things to try: Raan Biryani, Bohri Style Lamb, Chicken Tikka Biryani, Chocolate Mousse and Butter Chicken Biryani are a must-try here.

Zaffran

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If non-veg is your weakness than exploit it at the famous Zaffran Restaurant in Lower Parel.  One of the best restaurants in the area serving Indo-Afghan cuisines, the chicken and mutton dishes here are simply mouthwatering. With an amazing guest service and soothing ambience followed by the best meal you will ever have, Zaffran has to be on your list of night excursion.

Address: Todi & Company, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel

Timings: 12 noon to 11:30pm

Average cost for two people: INR 1,200

Things to try: Zafrani Biryani, Butter Chicken, Mutton Galouti Kebab, Zaafran-e-raan, Murgh Kakori Seekh, Kulfi, Phirni, Rasmalai are some of the most famous delicacies of Zaffran. If you are looking for a quick bite, the rolls here are simply heavenly.

Cairo Grill

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Serving Lebanese and Mediterranean food, Cairo Grill in Khar West has become a hotspot for late night foodies. Serving lip-smacking delicacies, it has made quite a name for their food items. With no seating available, you need to find a good spot to park your car before you savour the cuisines served by them. Operating till late in the night and delivering at your doorstep too, the moment you try Cairo Grill’s dishes there would be no going back.

Address: Shop 4, Spenta Building, 3rd Road, Opposite Red Gym, Near Khar Station, Khar

Timings: 12 noon to 3:30 am

Things to try: Chicken Shawarma, Paneer Shawarma, Fries with Benefits, Hummus with Pita, Nachos, Falafel, Cheesy Fries, Biryani, Salad

Bademiyan

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The iconic roadside eating joint has been a pretty famous part of Mumbai’s history and today, they have expanded in the city to become one of the best late night eateries in Mumbai. If you feel like going for a quick bite or you just happen to come back late, Bademiya has got you covered with their amazing range of veg and non-veg delicacies. Their Kebabs and traditional Afghani dishes are to die for.

Address: Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba

Timings: 1 pm to 3 pm

Things to try: Legendary Bademiya Rolls, Chicken Bhuna Roll, Phirni, Mutton Seekh Roll, Mutton Shami Kabab Roll, Mutton Rogan Josh, Paneer Bhurji Roll, Biryani

Mumbai is a city with infinite faces and if you wish to explore half of them, night is the time. So, next time you plan to go out after sunset, use this nightlife in Mumbai guide for a memorable experience.

First Published on: 18 Feb, 2019

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Born and brought up in the Lucknowi tehzeeb, Ashwini wishes to someday settle in a quaint little town in the Himalayas. If you do not find him daydreaming about his travel plans, you’ll find him exploring the vastness of Youtube and Netflix. A travel romantic and a cricket fanatic, he also wishes to try every cuisine ever made in this world.

References

  1. ^ Posts by Ashwini (www.tourmyindia.com)
  2. ^ Mumbai (www.tourmyindia.com)
  3. ^ Gateway of India (www.tourmyindia.com)
  4. ^ Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (www.tourmyindia.com)
  5. ^ Juhu Beach (www.tourmyindia.com)

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