We love city bars for getting drinks with our mates. However, it’s rare to find bars and pubs where one can sit, drink but actually manage having a conversation – thanks to the obnoxiously loud music playing in the background. Do we not all hate it when a simple order has to be shouted in the ear of the waiter {making us lean weirdly close to them}. Or when you’re out with a potential date – but you need to shout to them to ask their favourite Netflix show?

So if you’re someone who’s inching towards the mid- twenties, or someone who just want their drinks sans the DJ dropping some killer beats, check out these bars where you can sit back, relax and hear yourself speak {no more of Kala Chasma please}.

The House

Photo source: The House

Photo source: The House

This beautiful pub in Versova is there for all the right reasons – to give us a gorgeous sea view and live gigs in a big colonial bungalow. With its inside and rooftop choices, The House lets us relish our dinners and drinks without stressing out our lungs for shouting. The music is perfect, in fact they organise a lot of live gigs on Fridays.

The decor is nice and very homely – with pillow cushions thrown in for a comfortable dining experience to the eclectic drawings on the walls and colourful tables and chairs.

Decibel meter: 5/5 {throw away those noise-cancelling headphones}

Modern Asian Bistro

Photo source: MRP

Photo source: MRP

Dadar dwellers, head to MRP for some quality dining with background music just loud enough to set the ambience. The walls adorn quirky posters, and you can also catch live screenings of matching and sport events on their screens here. Every table offers boxes of games like spin the bottle, cards, ping pong ball and so on.

They do good South-East Asian cuisine, and we love their selection of dimsums.

Decibel meter: 3.5/5

Woodside INN

Photo source: Woodside Inn

Photo source: Woodside Inn

Woodside Inn lets us do what not many pubs offer – work and chill. Already known for its selection of craft beers and burgers, Woodside’s playlist is fun but not too loud. You can hum along to the tunes of classic rock and early 2000s pop songs but it does’t overpower your hearing at all. The outside section has a minimal decor – like how the oubs ought to- and we love it for its chill not-so-loud music. Though on the weekends or on karaoke nights it can get loud, but be assured, at no point does it become a screaming competition over the DJs EDM playlist.

Decibel meter: 3.5/5 {owing to the weekend evenings}

Cafe Marina

Survey the beautiful view of the Arabian sea and the boats and dinghies that are floating on the surface – with Cafe Marina’s rooftop view. Though only eight tables in total are up for grabs {for which we strongly recommend advance reservations}, Marina is where you go for some quality with your friends over drinks or take your date to impress them with the view {do book before please}. The non-sea view tables are just as decent, you can sit, order food and beers and enjoy the sea breeze. No hassle of loud music to interrupt your conversations, and so we are loving it.

Decibel meter: 4/5

Temple Flower

Love seafood? Then Temple Flower is the place to go to. They have semi-outdoor seating, with an impressive menu offering South East Asian dishes and the huge platters of sea food, including their famous butte garlic prawns. Sip on your glass of wine, having intellectual or not-so-intellectual conversations because the music is just about right for you to do so. We like the quiet ambience of this place – also the fact that it’s strategically located next to the celebrity magnet Prithvi Cafe in Juhu.

Decibel meter: 4/5

The Daily Bar and Kitchen

Photo source. Daily Bar and Kitchen

Photo source. Daily Bar and Kitchen

The outdoor eating area is where we go chill with our friends. Daily does a killer selection of cocktails, and juices {if you’re into healthy drinking}. They do often do live music and also have a fantastic drunch deal going on. Their set menu for INR 1,200 all inclusive for a five-course meal and at INR 1,700 all inclusive for food and unlimited alcohol which includes cocktails, sangrias and beer, are both to die for. So what are you waiting for? Go here to escape the loud head banging music of other bars and pubs.

Decibel meter: Outside seating 3/5

Ibar

Photo source: IBar

Photo source: IBar

Outdoor seating? Tick. Live bands performing? Tick. Hoegaarden on tap? TICK. iBar in Bandra is the perfect lounge for lounging around with our mates and partners. Though a tiny crammed space {especially on the weekends post 7pm}, this place is good to go for social catch ups. The music is loud but not enough for you to step out and take a deep long breath.

iBar does good food as well – though you must get there early to grab a table. Their Wasabi & Mango Prawns is to die for and so is the cream cheese & jalapeño stuffed mushrooms for the veggies. We say, head here when you’re looking for a place with good music, quick service and nights that beg noise-free hangouts.

#LBBTip: They have a live band play every Sunday and the lounge lights up with its regulars enjoying the gig.

Decibel meter: 3/5

Alfredo’s

A raging favourite among the Mumbaikars, Alfredo’s is the place to get your seafood that’s done right. The ambience is breezy and they also have an outdoor seating arrangement {there you go smokers}. Come here to gorge on good food, enjoy a wonderful time with your company and you won’t once complain about the music that’s potentially going to harm your hearing ability.

Go for their pizzas, which it is widely popular for. Their chicken salami with mutton mince, Meat Potpourri Pizza is every meat eaters paradise. Some say once you go here, you become a customer for life { what do you think?}.

Decibel meter: 5/5

Doolally

Photo courtesy: Doolally

Photo courtesy: Doolally

Doolallys – the Andheri branch – is not just your usual pet-friendly pub serving craft beers, but it also lets you actually engage in conversations with your company – thanks to the soft music in the background. Though the indoor section generally amps up the music volume, the outdoor seating is perfect. We can play board games, talk or order their house fries to munch on – with no one having to shout to the other person sitting just across the table from you. This with a bonus of occasionally getting to pet the pets that come here – ironically rising the levels of our voice.

Decibel meter: Outdoor seating {4/5}, Indoor seating {3/5}

Featured photo source: IBar