Dates, Gigs, Trips And More: Mumbai Secrets Only A Real Local Would Know

Bhavika posted on 05 July

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Are you one of those who always threw surprise birthday parties for your close ones, but never got your one? Don’t you worry, because it’s now your time in the sun. There are plenty of things to do in Mumbai which are open ‘secrets’ – secret gigs, plays, and even vacations.

Secret how, you ask. Well, you sign up for the event knowing what the basic activity is, but the some of the information is withheld from you – the location, maybe the artists performing – so that you are surprised when the day comes. Slightly befuddled? Read on.

Secret Gigs

How sick are you of going to clubs and half-hearing the live singer over conversations and desperate pleas to the bartender? Mumbai has a few amazing secret music gigs, where the only focus is on Mumbai. Sofar Sounds {read more about it here} host live gigs once a month in unique locations {someone’s rooftop, basement, living room, you name it.} and don’t disclose the venue and the artists to you.

Another community that holds underground concerts is Secret Sessions. The location is often an unused rooftop in a suspect building, and the music covers 4-5 live gigs, ranging across different music genres.

These guys have a private Facebook page, and only those who RSVP get an SMS of where to arrive. Exciting? We think so.

Check their Facebook group here, and request to be a part of this covertness.

Secret Trips

Secret trips aren’t for everyone. You need to be adventurous, open-minded and willing to let go off the classic ‘are we there yet?’ query.

Still game? You should come aboard a secret picnic held a few hours from Mumbai. All you have to do is pick a date and show up at the pick-up location, which is Nalasopara. From there, they will take you to a destination unknown, with a beautiful lake and hammocks to go with. Get more information here.

Still for the even more curious, there are secret lakeside camps, treks and even roadtrips organised with just a few details disclosed. These are usually organised by the travel group Jack & Hill Adventures. You can follow them on their Facebook page here to keep in the know of the next ‘secret’.

Secret Meals

A pop-up invite on a Facebook group, calling you to a private meal, where the host, cuisine and motive remain unbeknownst to you. Welcome to the Secret Supper Project. Here, every once in a while they put out this invite, and their events can be a simple movie and or a five course meal paired with wine and musical performance.

In their words, this project is for those who enjoy surprise and wonder in their food as they do in their lives. After you see the invite, you have to RSVP to an email id provided by them.

Go on, like the Facebook page here to know what’s happening. You know you want to.

Secret Dates

Secret dates sound a little mysterious, but that’s just the age-old blind dates being given a new twist. First off, there are events such as Secret Talks being held by MYOLO, where blindfolds are provided so that you can have a conversation with a new person without the judgement of what they’re wearing or looking like.

Another company, Footloose No More, organises speed dating events regularly in Mumbai for those who simply can’t deal with Tinder. At the events, only a date is mentioned – after they have screened you and selected you, is a location disclosed. Who you might meet however, remains a secret until you land up there! Check it out here.