It seems obvious that ‘the city that never sleeps’ would have a pretty wild party scene. Of course we’re not here to state the obvious! For a real insider’s view on where to party in Mumbai, read on. You’ll be happy to note that you don’t have to wait for the weekend to let your hair down in Maximum City. You can find the coolest parties around you with a little help from us (so keep reading) and party like a boss with your buddies any night of the week — fully Mumbai-ishtyle.
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MONDAY AND THURSDAY: KARAOKE NIGHT AT THREE WISE MEN
If your Monday blues need something stronger than EDM to be jostled out of the weekend slump, head on over to this rocking resto-bar. Here karaoke provides the perfect excuse for partygoers to make complete fools of themselves — and have a ball doing it! Three Wise Men, the popular watering hole at Santacruz that reopened earlier this year after extensive renovation, hosts two karaoke nights every week. Their earlier English pub decor has made way for a Mexican theme with bullfighting artwork on the walls and a fun menu of empanadas, fajitas and burritos, which (surprisingly) makes for the perfect canvas to belt out ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ or ‘Pretty Woman’ without a care in the world! But it’s on Thursday that the party really gets kicking, with everyone from media professionals and smart phone-addicted adults taking to the mic to sing retro Bollywood tunes. One ‘Jumma Chumma De De’ that gets the house on its feet with rousing thumkas and you’ll be christened ‘party boss’ for the entire month!
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TUESDAY: LADIES NIGHT AT BORA BORA
Rumours on the fortitude of the fairer sex might be misplaced when it comes to Mumbai’s easy-going but (easily) overworked women. If you’re already checking the calendar for an opportunity to unwind as soon as the week begins, round up your gal pals and head to Bora Bora in Andheri West. The contemporary music tavern and video lounge is earthy, with an easy-breezy vibe — just right to rally your spirits for a tough week ahead. Ladies Night on Tuesday means free sangrias and cocktails — capped at four glasses per person — to pair with a round or three of tapas, over gossip and giggles. Their video jockey can be counted on to set the mood with a mix of commercial, house and retro tracks to keep everyone in your squad engaged. You get even luckier if it’s a game night, with the wide screens making for a super lively experience, designed for rambunctious catcalling of Pique, Ronaldo and other fine specimens from the sports world. Overall, given the relaxed atmosphere, you may just feel like you were chilling out on the eponymous Tahitian island!
THURSDAY: TGIT BAR NIGHTS AT OLIVE BAR & KITCHEN
It has been over two decades since restaurateur AD Singh brought the concept of casual Mediterranean dining to Bandra. Even as his company went on to launch 25 hip restaurants and gastro pubs across India, its flagship — previously featured in Condé Nast Traveller amongst the best new restaurants in the world — is far from losing steam. It has become an all-day city landmark that continues to attract happy, shiny people all week; including models, cricketing icons and the who’s who of Bollywood. Needless to say, it’s the place to be seen all week too, but your best bet to make a splash is ‘Thank God It’s Thursday’ Bar Nights, when the tempo reaches a crescendo, keeping the paparazzi buzzing outside the eatery’s whitewashed walls and blue doors all night. The playlist is infectious, the dance floor is electric, the mood is celebratory and the fashion is top notch without trying too hard. Hang out by the pond near the entrance and you may witness a Bollywood bromance blossoming or, better still, bump into Kareena Kapoor Khan with her squad, air kissing Manish Malhotra before calling it a (fabulously starry) night.
FRIDAY: RETRO NIGHT AT SHIRO
Keep those polka-dotted bell bottoms and shoulder padded shirts ready — if it’s Friday night, you have to go where the Buddha gets his boogie on! Shiro’s plush 4,000 square foot space in upmarket Worli — tastefully decorated with glowing lanterns, looming stone statues, gurgling water pools and a Zen feel — may not seem like the place for free-spirited baby boomers at heart. But put on a pair of sequinned pedal pushers, land up on Friday night and you’ll feel the buzz within the high ceilinged lounge of this very popular pan-Asian bar-restaurant. The city’s coolest kids, otherwise given to lounging with a cocktail and some sushi on the low-slung seating, are on their feet swinging to groovy tunes from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. The entire split-level space reverberates with nostalgia, with evergreen hit makers like ABBA, The Bangles and Kylie Minogue on top of their game. Whisk your date off the dance floor for a round of Shiro’s famous crispy aromatic duck and wasabi prawns, but be back before thrilling tunes from Michael Jackson start to amp up the action.
SUNDAY: BRUNCH AT BREWBOT
If you need a suburban cure for a Saturday hangover, there’s no place better than this eatery and pub brewery: the curiously-named Brewbot at Andheri. Well known in a short time for its fine selection of German wheat beers and American pale ale, the Brewbot brunch aims to get you in shape for another week of nights about town. Pour yourself a mug of their Kölsch Skywalker or Hefeweizen style Floating Head, or ask for a Guava Spicy Mary, before lunging for the food (which is fabulous). The casual and cavernous grunge décor — designed by award-winning Busride Design Studio — features exposed brick walls and gleaming gigantic steel brewing vats, leading to an al fresco area. A long community table is ideal for large groups to laze over pizzas, pasta, ravioli and a robust selection of burgers and sandwiches (read our top tips to host a hassle-free private party at venues like this). Raid the bakery and charcuterie bar for creamy tarts, pies and desserts (the Trio of Panna Cotta is a house favourite), before refilling your mugs again and raising a toast to a week well spent.
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