Drink On A Budget At 13 Affordable Bars In Mumbai Starting At Just INR 90

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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 super expensive either. So here's where you can grab a drink without burning a hole in your pocket. Chuggit?

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 1+1 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 

Zomato Ratings: 4.0

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

Zomato Ratings: 4.0

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 

Zomato Ratings: 4.0

PJ's, Khar

Saisa 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

Zomato Ratings: 4.2

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

Doolally (Multiple Outlets)

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

Zomato Ratings: 4.8 (Khar Mumbai)

Pop Tate's, Andheri

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 

Zomato Ratings: 4.1

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

Zomato Ratings: 3.8

Monkey Bar, Bandra

Monkey Bar is an absolute gem to dine and wine at. From desi cocktails to Indianised 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

Zomato Ratings: 4.2

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, Social 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

Zomato Ratings: 4.5

The Bar Stock Exchange (Multiple Outlets)

When Bar Stock Exchange first opened doors, it wasn't surprising that everyone wanted to place their bids. The stock exchange concept helps keep your pocket happy, while you sip on whatever you can bid on and score for less money. While the alcohol is taken care of by this system, the food menu offers a mix like most bars these days. You'll get great pizza and bar bites here, and ordering their nachos for a big group is always a great idea.

What Not To Miss:  Masala Pav Pull Apart, Chicken Tikka Popcorn, Calamari Theecha, TBSE Chicken Nachos

Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 150

Zomato Ratings: 3.7

The Ghetto, Breach Candy

An old-school iconic bar in Mumbai, The Ghetto has been around since our parent's generation began drinking in college. The interiors are neon with messages and memories scribbled all over the walls (there's not a nook that's empty!) with pen, Bob Marley murals are abundant, and occasionally you might spot Aditya Roy Kapoor at the bar popping in for a quick drink. The food too is old-school, you get free popcorn with your drinks, while you wait for your order of fried bar bites, grilled sandwiches or sizzlers. There's also a snooker table, if you're in the mood for a game!

What Not To Miss: Onion Rings, Croquettes, Skin Potatoes, Tangy Sausages 

Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 130

Zomato Ratings: 3.9

Cafe Universal, Fort

Decades ago, Cafe Universal converted itself into a modern-day pub from an ordinary Irani cafe. If you're wondering why it's not as popular as Cafe Mondegar, that's only because it's off the tourist map. Located in Fort, the cafe's interiors may have dulled but the long benches and Irani-cafe-like chairs still are a hit and add to the space's feel. While they do have a fully-stocked bar offering the latest brands, their food is largely old-school. Think steak and chips, burgers, sizzlers, rolls, and more. Cafe Universal was at some point very popular for their O.M.G Burger, which comes with five beef patties and blocks of cheese. 

What Not To Miss: Beef Chilly, Steak and Chips, Dhansak, No Carbs Burger, OMG Burger 

Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 200

Zomato Ratings: 3.9

Quarter Pillar, Khar & Vile Parle East

Located near Khar station, Quarter Pillar is a popular hang for post-work drinking. You'll see several groups come around to unwind with budget alcohol and lip-smacking food. The interiors are dim and they have an outdoor area which also doubles up as the smoking area. 

What Not To Miss: Fish Koliwada, Sesame Toast, Prawns Butter Garlic, Veg Keema Masala 

Shell Out: Drinks start at INR 100

Zomato Ratings: 3.9

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