The Revolution of Sports Bar
Mumbai has always been a forerunner when it comes to sports fandom. One just has to take a trip to Wankhede Stadium and experience the magic of a cricket match to understand the hype that is generated by tournaments such as the IPL and the T20 World Cup. Although Cricket is the primary fodder for most sports junkies in Mumbai, sports such as football, basketball and tennis have also grown in popularity. In fact, this has in turn led to a massive surge in numbers for sports telecasting, and bar and pub owners have identified a perfect business opportunity in this. This eventually led to the start of dedicated sports bar opening up all over the city.
Image Source: encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.comAs a start, establishments everywhere began adding televisions and screening sports matches to attract a wider clientele. Those that already sported televisions are simply adding more screens in different sections, so that a wider variety of games can be screened. For instance, Score Sports Bar & Grill in Malad has two 30+ inch LCD screens placed atop the bar and a huge project which they crank up during the big games. Their main USP however is the mini TVs embedded in the side walls of each booth. This is ideal for small groups that want to enjoy the game without having to constantly strain their necks to catch the game on the bigger screens.
Image Source: www.traffline.comTo add to the sports-club feel, these establishments have set up their décor to resemble that of a stadium, with posters of famous sportsmen adorning the walls, and different sections decked with different team?s colours in order to add to the competitive feeling during big games. The best place to catch well-designed décor would be The United Sports Bar & Grill, where during any of Manchester United?s games you will surely find a fan in the signature red team jersey sipping on a peg of Royal Challenge Whisky praying for the team before the match starts. Some sports bar have also added indoor gaming sections where patrons can enjoy a quick game of pool or foosball, even video games like Xbox and PS3. SMAAASH in Lower Parel even has a mini virtual cricket section that is a must check-out for cricket fans. Often on big match days, these places offer a multitude of offers on both food and beverages. However, what makes these sports bars stand out is the crowd: with no restrictions on raucousness levels, you get the feeling you are actually part of a huge group in a stadium as you cheer your team on for every six and goal scored and cry out in frustration for every wicket lost and goal conceded. It truly is a feeling that should be experienced to appreciate.