No Money, No Problem: Our Handy Guide To Cheap Drinking In Colaba

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As the month hits the 15th, the bank balance tends to go south. If the previous sentence hits too close to home for you, find some solace in this list.


The lesser-known bar near the famous Gokul, Vrandavan is a humble establishment in Rustom Manzil in Colaba. Beer is served with a side of schezwan chutney and chakli here. Food served here is your standard lunch home menu. Chicken schezwan {INR 180}, Chinese bhel {INR 150}, chicken sukka {INR 120} and more are served here.

A pint of beer: INR 120


Serving only beer and wine, Alps is a SoBo legend many swear by. Opt for their pitcher {one-and-a-half litre} for INR 520 {without taxes}, which we still think is one of the most value-for-money pitchers. If you go there during their happy hours {between 3pm to 7pm}, you will experience something unique – with every beer you order, you can get either a portion of French fries or aloo tikki {your pick} for free.

A pint of beer: INR 170


This list won’t be complete without Gokul – the most popular dive bar in South Bombay. A hot spot for students, executives and others alike, Gokul serves bar food for you to to hog on. Do check out Gokul Bites {open till 3:30am}, right outside Gokul. Gokul is still easy on the pocket and despite its crowd, chances of you encountering shady, creepy fellas are little. When you go there, opt to sit in the section upstairs {downstairs isn’t for you, really}. Smoking is permitted in the section upstairs.

A pint of beer: INR 130

Sujata Lunch Home

A hole-in-the wall establishment, Sujata Lunch Home will take you in when money tides run low. Try surmai masala {INR150}, chicken masala {INR 110}, egg bhurji {INR 30} and more here. It opens at 11am and takes you in till midnight. Don’t expect cocktails to be served here, just sit with a peg or a pint and be happy. Colaba surely has some hidden gems and Sujata Lunch Home is a significant one.

A pint of beer: INR 110


Former Editor, LBB, Mumbai