There is no dearth of Mumbai venues that offer some alluring combination of music, food and drink, but what blueFROG has done passes into the realm of alchemy. Branding itself an evolutionary, integrated music project, the galactical-looking Blue Frog (think colored light and pods instead of tables) is arguably the best place for live music in Mumbai. It was designed by the award-winning sound engineer Andy Munro, whose clients include U2 and AR Rahman, and every detail of the space a disused textile mill in Parel is aimed at giving visitors a complete 3-D experience. It will come as no surprise that bands love playing here as much as people love listening to them.
In the past, Blue Frog has hosted some of the country's biggest artists, including the venerable Indian Ocean, whose acoustic show attracted so many people that a second show had to be scheduled for the next evening. It all happened by text message, says Tina Kapur, who handles Blue Frog's communications. We sent them a message saying, Should we have another one tomorrow and they wrote back between sets, saying, Let's do it. And while Blue Frog has seen many such big-ticket events, it is equally comfortable with hosting stand-up comedy and intimate, unplugged evenings the band set up on the dance floor, beanbags thrown around, a few lit candles, and the incomparable magic of being so close to the music. It is easy to forget, with all this, that Blue Frog also offers a first-rate dining experience. Chef Mrigank Singh has a carefully curated selection of Asian-influenced European dishes, and the bar menu boasts a dizzying selection of wines, beers, champagnes, single malts, and signature cocktails. As for the future, things look good for Blue Frog. With another location in Delhi, and venues opening soon in Pune and Bangalore, they seem to be hopping along merrily. Asked about the origin of their enigmatic name, Tina Kapur laughs. There are so many urban legends. Some people say it is because one of our partners likes frogs or another likes the blues. But, really, we just wanted a funky name.