South Mumbai people are so sick of hearing that Bandra is the place to be or that a new bar has opened in Andheri. We’re not going to spend two hours in a car to check out that new bar in Vashi.

South Mumbai has a thriving nightlife and we’ve compiled a list of recommendations on how to have a good time without crossing the Sea Link. Most clubs and bars close at 1:30am, unless they’re in a hotel. So planning our night is crucial to make the most of it.

Pregaming Plans

Begin your Friday night with an early dinner and pregame drinking session at Cricket Club of India, Bombay Gymkhana, Willingdon Club, Breach Candy Club or the Radio Club.  These gymkhanas have bar nights which are fun to hit-up for cheaply priced cocktails and a lively crowd as well.

145 in Kala Ghoda, a cafe and bar, is also a great pregaming option if you’re not a member of any of the gymkhanas. They have a really interesting dessert menu as well if you have a sweet tooth. For snacks, try the pav bhaji cones {INR 195} and the raan bao {INR 220}, both of which show that 145 Kala Ghoda knows how to do Indian food.

Cocktails and Dates

Photo source: Doppio

Photo source: Doppio

Wink bar at Vivanta By Taj in Cuffe Parade has recently started a Game Of Thrones-inspired bar night on Thursdays, which is a must-see for fans. They also have exceptional cocktails and classy interiors, making it a great spot for romance.

Irish House in Colaba is one of the best sports bars in the city, so check that out as well. Dome at the Intercontinental Hotel is perfect if you’re looking for a more chill night. Dome has an excellent view of Marine Drive, which makes it a great option for a date night. But be warned: drinks are pricey. Additionally, keep an eye out for bar nights at restaurants such as Indigo and Ellipsis.

If you’re heading towards Breach Candy, Doppio is the new kid on the block with interesting interiors, mainstream music and delicious coffee-inspired cocktails. Bombay Bronx, which is in the same building as Doppio, is amazing for bachelorette parties or if you just want to dance with your friend group.

Late-Night Options

Photo source: The Bombay Bronx

Photo source: The Bombay Bronx

Post 1:30am, all roads in South Mumbai lead to the Four Seasons Hotel. AER, the rooftop bar of Four Seasons, has a panoramic view of Mumbai. Sun-downers at AER or by the Four Seasons pool are exceptional. However, drinks are expensive and the entry list is very exclusive.

Flamboyante in Cuffe Parade and Fumo in Breach Candy are your best choices to have a chill night with some sheesha. Flamboyante has delicious food as well, and Fumo is in the same building as Doppio and Bombay Bronx, making it ideal for a bar crawl.

Late-Night Munchies

Ayub or Bademiya at Fort, or Trattoria at Taj Vivanta, are your best bets for late night bites. Bademiya is of course the best place to go to for a hot kebab. At Trattoria, let your blood alcohol content open up your wallet. It’s open all night long, and I recommend the smoked salmon, parmesan cheese, onion and rucola leaves pizza. If you’re a hardcore meat-lover, try the ham, salami, sausages, chicken and prawns pizza {both are for INR 1,200}.

Wrap up the night in a food coma, and call an Uber to get you safely back to the suburbs. We’ll see you next Friday.

Featured photo courtesy: Wink, Taj Vivanta