Going to watch your favourite game at a stadium is an incredibly costly affair. But watching the game in a pub with a bunch of friends can be just as good. So, instead of spending a scorching afternoon at the stadium and paying through the nose for the privilege, why not head to one of these energetic and comfy pubs to enjoy the game?
British Brewing Company
This English style pub is a great spot to relax and meet friends over a few drinks and entertainment. The dimly lit interiors with large TV screens, dark woods and island bar add to the appeal. Be warned that the music can get very loud and rule out any possibilities of a conversation. The food menu includes classics such as Fish and Chips and bruschettas. Portions are generous.
Where: P4 - P5, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Parel, Mumbai. Call: 022 3969 8190. Also at Andheri, Goregaon and Vashi
Bar Stock Exchange
Trade in alcohol while you watch the big game on the screen. Be attentive and watch out for the prices of your favourite drink on the digital ticker. Beers at Rs 75 and whiskey at Rs 69 is a bargain! Trading gets easier when you download a free mobile app fed with the necessary algorithm and order in real time. Among the starters, the tandoori lollipop is spectacular. Calamari served with Chilly Mayo vies for the title of the second best bar bite.
Where: Shivani Industrial Estate, Opposite Times Square (Behind McDonalds), Andheri (E), Mumbai – 72. Call: 0222850 1214/15, 0222600 5858. Also at Bandra and Juhu
This Caribbean-themed bar is perfect for a boisterous night out. Head to the terrace and grab a Bongtail - the hottest selling item here. The LIIT is among the smoothest. If you care for bar nibbles the chicken faffa (chicken tossed with crunchy bell peppers and onions) is a hearty salad-like appetizer. The tender jerk chicken wings served with a handful of fryums are both fun and filling. Watch out for the gigs on nights when there are no games to catch up.
Where: 4th and 5th Floor, Rohan Plaza, Khar (West). Call: 022 3312 6123
The Irish House
This lively sports bar with its cool, European vibe has been a favourite amongst sports fans in Mumbai and it’s not hard to see why. The energy is vivacious and the offers are irresistible. Grab the chilli poppers oozing with cheese, the fleshy mushrooms, Chicken tacos or a pail of popcorn to make it a memorable night. The beer cocktails with vodka, apple juice and passion fruit extract are yummy. Whisky connoisseurs will love the spiced Rusty Nail with infused tea and cinnamon. There are community cocktails and LIIT pitchers for larger groups.
Where: Level One, Fun Republic, Veera Desai Road, Shah Industrial Estate, Veera Desai Area, Mumbai. Call: 022 61046161. Also at Kala Ghoda, Bandra, Lower Parel, Kurla, Thane and Malad.
United Sports Bar
This testosterone-charged bar drowned in hoots and hollers has the right environment to catch up on matches with your boy gang. The energy is contagious. Red Devil, the 11-spirits signature drink, is a potent starter. Happy hours between 6-8 pm sees drinks fly off the bar. Eats are typical of a bar (read chicken wings, onion rings and gigantic tandoori platter) but worth the money. Fridays are Bollywood nights and Tuesdays are 50 percent off.
Where: R City Mall, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai. Call: 022 6642 9850
This urban hangout with stylish industrial décor and upbeat electronic music also has a great beverage menu. The twisted cocktails with their innovative presentation and potent mixes are a must try here. The shots are value for money. Do look around. Everything here is recycled right from the furniture to the décor pieces. The food ranges from comfort fare to eclectic (read fish and chips and poutine to Punjabi and Mangalorean) Don’t miss Parsi egg dishes. Non-game nights are equally exciting with poetry readings, workshops, art exhibitions, musical evenings, screenings and literary evenings.
Where: Rohan Plaza, 5th Rd, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West, Mumbai. Call: 075063 94243
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