As an Expat and regular visitor of famous Mumbai, I can basically recommend 3 different parts of the city to party, thats KOLABA (or COLABA), BANDRA and (of course) JUHU.
Well, this Spot is in Kolaba, and worth to mention. I was there on a Sat. night and like all nightlife spots in BOM this place is packed on saturdays.
Although "Red Light" sounds a bit "dingy", this club is seriously a place to dance and party.
What applies to all BOM clubs, is also true for "Red Light":
- It's easier (and cheaper) to come in as a couple (Bouncers like to keep the crowd balanced, so men are less welcome if they are alone or in a crowd of other blokes)
- Saturday the club is crowded like hell, You can barely dance
- Club closes around 3 in the morning
- Cover charge applies (1500,-- INR) but You'll get a full reward in coupons to buy drinks.
Music in Redlight is mixed from charts to 80's with a regular plunge into Bollywood hits.
Crowd is good, mainly 20th to 30th of age. Resident DJ's
Give it a try, if You are in Kolaba anyways and You want to avoid the long ride to Bandra or Juhu.
Dress Code: Men: Long trousers, no open footwear, sneakers o.k. (casual)
Girls: No strings attached!
This nighclub in Juhu is excellent. The club is average size, the atmosphere is excellent. They play all the latest songs from around the world. Rnb, Hip Hop, Bhangra,Bollywood, Pop all mixed. It can become crowded, although we did go during Valantines Day.
The crowd are live. We saw loads of Bollywood and TV stars. You get all the a-list stars and people in this club. As the location is in Juhu, where they live and hang out!
Dress Code: Smart/Casual. You can wear jeans, no sneakers/trainers or Caps
Another confused location. By day a store selling Provogue (Local Fashion House) products and by night a lounge which occassionally hosts fashion shows and other related do's.
Gets nice and packed and plays a good mix of local and int'l music.
Provogue is right next to lush so the corwd tends to mingle and move about.
Dress Code: Dress Up... You never know where you might end up (read: Ramp)
A favorite is the Vie Lounge in Juhu. Located right on the beach Vie is gaining a reputation for being the best place in town to mingle with the crem crowd.
It opens up to the beach and has an extensive bar menu. Very much the place for a night of looking and been looked at. Foreign Bartenders ( read: white women) make for an int'l look along with the location which is quite novel.
One possible drawback is that Vie is a favorite for private parties, so call ahead to check if it's open entry.
Dress Code: Dress Up. This place tends to enforce the dress code hard.
Situated above Khyber restaurant in Kala Ghoda, Red light is a favorite for the 16-20 year olds. Playing trance / electronic music with a decent bit of hindi popular music.
Dress Code: look like you belong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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