Budget-Drinking Scenes? These Affordable Bars Will Not Burn A Hole In Your Pocket


    The workload from your office that might demand you put in extra hours can definitely be a mood dampener, but nothing lifts spirits like an after-work drink, even on a weekday. When the cold and potent cocktails mix with the chatter of good friends, happiness lingers in the air and the week ahead becomes a tad bit easy.

    With the rather fancy bars making their way into Mumbai, we have rounded off a list of some of the affordable bars  that aren't close to being shady, but aren't close to being super expensive either. So here's where you can grab a drink without burning a hole in your pocket. Chuggit?

    P.S: Shop on LBB has a lot of alcohol mixers that you can check out too, in case you're planning to bring the bar (and the party) home! Also, if you're looking to buy alcohol in wholesale rates for house parties, tap on to this list. 

    Therapy- The Casual Drinking Place, Versova

    Located right under the metro bridge between DN Nagar and Versova station in Andheri West, this bar is too enticing to be missed. What called us in were the bold pink, yellow and blue neon lights. Therapy stands true to its name, and makes you feel rejuvenated - thanks to its super cool vibe. The crowd is young, the DJ plays the BEST House music, and there is always a 'Buy one get one free' on drinks. A total steal deal for you, we'd say! 

    What Not To Miss: Their LIITs are really good

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 150 

    Yacht Resto Bar, Bandra

    If you've been an ardent follower of LBB, you would know that Bandra has a special place in our hearts. And so does its bars. Speaking of which, if you're there, do not miss out on Yacht. Located right next to the St. Andrews Church, this used to be a dingy watering hole. But the place has recently had a major upgrade, with highly decent interiors, and is now visited a lot by college students and office goers. Plus, the booze is cheap! 

    What Not To Miss: Don't experiment with fancy drinks here. But their chicken 65  as a starter with drinks, is really delicious! 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 200

    Sunlight, Kalbadevi

    Every budget-drinking list is incomplete without the mention of Sunlight. There's cheap booze, great chakhna, and the jukebox. What's not to love, right? In fact, every student whose college was in South Mumbai has had #SunlightStories. It is that bar you crash into when you want to bunk college with friends, and go day-drinking. It is that bar where every table croons to the karaoke together, even if no one knows each other. Go here to save some bucks, but also to make memories. 

    What Not To Miss: There's nothing not to miss here in drinks. But their chicken lollipop and veg green chutney sandwich steal the show.  

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 200 

    Drunken Barrel, Vashi

    Earlier known as Social Townhouse, this humble community bar and kitchen in Navi Mumbai's Vashi is a super cool hangout spot for college students, office goers, and just a lot of people who'd want to have fun and croon to amazing Bollywood numbers. The decor is bricky and vintage, with posters all over the walls (and ceiling too) and the staff is super hospitable. Don't forget to call for an Old Monk for INR 40 only. And if you think this is cheap, wait till you check their Happy Hour menu! 

    What Not To Miss: Their LIITs are super LIT (and cheap) 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 90 

    PJ's, Khar


    Bandra West, Mumbai

    This gymkhana club’s bar and restaurant is not 'members only' like most of the club bars in the city. We'll recommend PJ's for dirt-cheap drinks and gobsmacking Chinese food (tried and tested) There is a dress code here though- no slippers allowed and no shorts for men- so it’s a good place to go to if you want to dress up a little or grab a few cheap drinks before heading to a fancier party spot.

    What Not To Miss: They make a mean Caprioska and the Planter's Punch is soothing too 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 100

    P.S: Pay an entry fee of INR 50 before entering the bar.

    Doolally (Multiple Outlets)

    Doolally Taproom

    Andheri West, Mumbai

    This one’s a special mention for the beer-lovers (for some, nothing else matters). Its famous Apple Cider, Wheat Beer and Oatmeal Stout are worth the try. They also whip up some delicious dishes. Don't forget to try their House Fries-they never disappoint.

    What Not To Miss: The Apple Cider Beer will make you go back there

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 200

    Pop Tate's, Andheri

    Pop Tate's

    Andheri West, Mumbai

    Pop Tate's is a very convenient joint. And since it's almost everywhere in the city, chilling there post work is very ideal. The food's good, the cocktails and drinks are reasonably priced and the service is great too. What else does one need when on a budget?

    What Not To Miss: Try the Jungle Cooler and Guava Mary without fail 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 180 

    Radio Bar, Khar

    From the guys behind Silver Beach Cafe and Copa, comes Khar’s Radio Bar. With elements like cassettes, vinyl records and microphones, its retro ambiance makes it worth the visit with your tribe. With your drinks, you could try their signature tenderloin chilly fry and butter garlic prawns. 

    What Not To Miss: The Thaipiroska and Tequira Tequira in cocktails were our absolute favorites 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 250

    Monkey Bar, Bandra

    Monkey Bar

    Bandra West, Mumbai

    Monkey Bar is an absolute gem to dine and wine at. From desi cocktails to Indianized food, this gastropub hits just the right notes for a chill evening with friends.

    What Not To Miss: We loved the Saat Rasta (it's a legit drink) 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 180

    Social (Multiple Outlets)

    When Social first opened their doors in Mumbai, everyone flocked the bar to get a taste of what Bengaluru and Delhi were raving about! Social became the go-to bar for drinks with friends (we'd go alone too). Today, Socials is spread across so many outlets in the city. We love the Versova Social, Khar Social, and Vashi Social the most for how lit and cost-effective they are. They also serve delicious food, be it finger food or main courses; and you might want to pair it with your favourite drink and have a gala time (in your tummies too).

    What Not To Miss:  Shimla Mirch Martini and their popular Bob's Bong L.I.I.T must be on your list of liquids to drink. 

    Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 180