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LUSH: A wolf in sheeps clothes
Lush Lounge - The new name in mumbai nightlife. Though it says its a lounge it's far from it. Come 11:00 the place gets packed with hot bodies and sexy moves. A great place to go for a night out with a heady mix of dancing and revelry.
Lush has a lunch buffet serving continental salads, soups & sandwiches Rs. 330 a head
Dress Code: Dress Up.. this place attracts a "bad" crowd.
Tres Botas: Great music and tapas
This is an unusual nightclub wherein they often have poetry readings and short plays staged. The music is a great mix and they have a live band on some nights. Some nights are also dedicated to jazz.
Dress Code: No sandals for men or floaters are allowed. I'm not sure but I don't think men in shorts are allowed in as well.
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OTHER NIGHTCLUBS AND PUBS: 1900's
My final night in Mumbai was finished off with some dancing at this club ~ 1900s (called Beyond 1900s now) ~ located in the Taj Mahal hotel. We were initially trying to locate a club called Upstairs or Two Flights Up (memory fails), but it had just been closed and we ended up here on the recommendation of an Indian woman we encountered that night.
There was a surprisingly steep cover to enter (about $15) and drinks were $5 each, but I only paid for one. A man named Gotham introduced himself, introduced his girlfriend, then proceeded to buy our drinks (for me and my two friends) for the rest of the evening. So, it wasn't an expensive night after all. . . :-)
Dress Code: If I had known earlier in the day that I'd end up at a club, I would have worn something a bit nicer than the clothes I had on. The Indian women were wearing a mix of Western club-wear and salwar kameezes and the men were in clubwear, too. . .we felt pretty scruffy in comparison.
It would pay to clean up and dress up (even a bit) before hitting a club like this one.
Renaissance Hotel : A-Bar: Hotel bar with a view
The A-Bar is just your typical hotel bar with nightly local entertainment.
The staff are friendly, the view is great and the entertainers are generally good and very friendly.
Dress Code: You can wear pretty much anything you like.
Indus: All to yourself
Located in the Diplomat Hotel in Colaba. Indus is not a super happening spot, infact it's mostly unknown to the city's party animals. There's a good reason for that, it isn't a nightclub, it's just a restaurant with a huge projector and good beats. The alcohol is very decently priced and the food is great. Most of the time it's just the group you go with, so never enter expecting much fanfare, but if what your looking for is a place for just 10-15 of your closest friends to have a night out, INDUS it is.
Dress Code: Make what you want of it.
Cafe Mondegar: Mario & Beers
You just can't go wrong with monde's (as it's affectionately called by locals). This corner pub has huge windows opening outwards giving it an almost cabana-ish feel. It's great for a mid-day brewski to take your mind of the heat and the endless shopping possibilities on this side of town.
The Interiors has artwork by noted Goan Indian Caricaturist Mario Mendonza.
Dress Code: casual
This used to be a classic Pub in the old fashioned sense, but recently with an increase in demand the jukebox has been replaced by a DJ, The Brews have given way to Cocktails.
It's still a great place to meet on a night when you just wanna hang loose with your crew.
Dress Code: Casual.
Olives: Body Beautiful
It's hard to describe Olives. It's a restaurant but you'd never want to eat there cause it's "too" lively, crowded and loud. But it's great for drinks, they even have a cobbled path leading to the back where you can enjoy some savory Hookah / Arguille / Sheesha.
Dress Code: Dress well to impress the beautiful ladies that frequent this lounge / restaurant / nightclub.
Cyclone is as high end a disc as you will get in this city. Attention has been paid to every detail. Fresh flowers, potpourri, perfumes and exquisite crystal greet you at the entrance. The lighting inside is pulsating and hypnotic, with computerised, video generated effects created by ‘The Emulator’ and ‘Robozap’. The whole visual experience is termed ‘Kaleidovision’. The split level dance floor is surrounded by the ‘Wall of Sound’. The idea is to allow conversation in the seating area while 3000 watts of sound hits the dance floor. Cyclone was one of the first to have Karaoke with the user friendly push button Laser Disc system that allows you to dial the selection to a computerised song selector. The selection is played by the Karaoke jockey in private Karaoke rooms. The same plush rooms can be used for private entertainment. Cyclone also has a recreation room that offers pool, chess, backgammon and television for you to chill in. The music played knows no boundaries. They are very comfortable meeting any request, and are happy play the odd Hindi film number. The crowd is mixed and Cyclone prides on being a club that you can bring anyone. Entry is Rs. 250/- per person, except for members and their guests (maximum of three).
Timings : 9 pm onwards (Cyclone Recreation Room open from 12 noon to 1 am)
All credit cards accepted.
THREE FLIGHTS UP!: COOL CLUB
Three Flights Up calls for a lot of superlatives. It is one of Mumbai's largest nightspots that can accommodate upto 800 individuals. The dance floor is all of 500 sq. feet with state of the art sound and light system. Like the name suggests, it is on the third floor, with a 70 feet long blue-lit entrance tunnel with matching runway lights leading upto the disc. The décor boasts of natural brick walls, patterned wooden flooring, etched mirrors, wrought iron glass topped tables and wooden chairs in a combination of black, red and purple. At 110 feet, their bar is probably the longest in the world. The music is of all kinds, from the 70s to the latest. Indian is played only on request. The crowd is fairly young. Ladies get free entry and do not even have to pay the cover charge. If you are the male of the species however, there is a Rs. 200/- entry plus Rs. 200/- cover charge on Saturdays, Rs. 400/- cover charge on Fridays and Rs. 200/- cover charge from Sunday to Thursday. For lunch, they offer the worlds longest buffet with Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian cuisines. Three Flights Up has other attractions like pool tables and interactive games.
Timings : 7 pm to 1 am (12 noon to 3 pm lunch buffet)
All credit cards accepted.
"Ghetto stands for rock, it stands for graffiti….," says Mr. Ravi Shetty, of The Ghetto. Both abound in this cosy pub at Mahahlaxmi, on Bhulabhai Desai Road. It almost exclusively plays rock and graffiti is all over the walls, merged with fluorescent, psychedelic murals. For over six years now, The Ghetto has maintained its image as not too frivilous, not too serious a pub. It aims at a clientele over 25 years of age, people who have grown up on rock and now have the money to do something about it. And with the music being mainly from the eighties, most teenyboppers get "repelled". The arrangement seems to suit everyone. There is no entry fee, though the establishment does admit to "scanning" its customers. It prides on being the essential pub and does not have the seemingly mandatory apology of a dance floor. Not a place for frenzied head banging this, more a place to relax and unwind over good, but not blaring, music.
Timings: 7 pm to 12:30 am
Credit cards are not accepted.
CLUB ABYSS: PUB WITH A DANCE FLOOR
Pub with a dance floor" is how Club Abyss is best described. The theme here is 'submarine'. The décor comprises murals of the deep sea. And there are live fish also, in the aquariums near the entrance. The music the pub wishes to play is retro. They stick as far as possible, to the music of the eighties. Though, on weekends Abyss does confess to playing "commercial / popular music.” And also dance music towards the night. The crowd that comes is generally above 25, though a few teenyboppers also can be seen. They have a place on top for parties. Couples have free entry. Stags may be allowed on weekdays, but weekends are strictly for couples. The pub sees a lot of celebrities, especially the ones residing in the Bandra area.
Timings: 6:30 pm to 1:30 am
All credit cards accepted.
Address: Moti Mahal, 116, junction of Guru Nanak and
Waterfield Roads, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050.
Phone: 640 8577 / 640 1931
J49: One of the older ones
J49 after renovation, is now back with a bang. With techno, trance and new age music rocking the floor, bartenders doing a jig as they serve your order and Egyptian statues placed in discreet corners, your drink is just one of the many cool things around.
Those who like experimenting with their drinks, try the spiced tequila shots - served either in a bell pepper or with a chili in the glass, depending on your preference
Dress Code: Try looking good, it helps in getting a quick entry into the place that's usually full of young professionals and executives. Teenagers are strictly out, so all you young ones, wearing high heels won't help.
Enigma: Beautiful People
The Nightclub at the Mariott Hotel in the Posh Suburb of Juhu. This is a favorite with Models and other Film / Performing Arts Industry Members.
Dress Code: Dressy
Places in Bombay(mumbai) change their name constantly. So ask the Locals. Also Spots are 'IN' only for a few months , so ask the locals.
The latest night spot to come...
The latest night spot to come up in the city is 'Velocity', an 18000 sq. ft. club.
Velocity offers several bars (four at last count) including one catering to the retro crowd replete with 60's attired barmen!
Dress Code: Dress code in most Bombay nightspots is smart casuals. Most of the well heeled dress in black.
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