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Best Nightlife



Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Mumbai nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Mumbai Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Olive Bar & Kitchen


By day this is one of North Mumbai's most popular restaurants; after hours, it turns into one of the area's most popular bars. The hidden-away location attracts Bollywood stars and high-fliers looking for a relaxed drink away from the media spotlight. Wear your best Indian designer fashions if you want to fit in. A reservation is essential to secure a table in the evening.

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Dome


The sophisticated rooftop bar at the Intercontinental Hotel offers stunning views over the 'string of pearls' – the sweeping illuminated promenade along Marine Drive. Drinkers sip cocktails and munch on Japanese-fusion snack food while the sun sinks into the Arabian Sea. After dark, light is provided by flickering candles and hidden glowing lanterns. Reservations are recommended at weekends.

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Seijo & the Soul Dish

Seijo & the Soul Dish is a taste of the future, transported to the present. Undeniably hip, Seijo would fit in perfectly in New York, Tokyo or Singapore. There are three bar stations decorated with Manga cartoons and a Zen-style terrace restaurant serving modern Asian delights. Even the toilets are contained in futuristic pods. Factor in an upbeat acid-jazz and funk soundtrack and quirky cocktails from the Americas and it's easy to see why the place is so popular.

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Café Mondegar


This popular Colaba restaurant transforms into a bar as the evening rolls on. There's ice-cold Kingfisher beer on tap and the jukebox features an eclectic selection of rock and pop records – Mondy's proudly advertises itself as the place 'to mix beer and music'. The food isn't bad either, though you'll have to arrive early to bag a table.

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Poison


A genuine superclub on Bandra's trendy Waterfield Road, Poison attracts the bright and the beautiful from the North Mumbai suburbs. Expect all the usual international nightclub features – plasma screens, lightshows, massive sound systems and air-conditioning capable of cooling even the biggest crowds. There are two rooms with different DJs playing hip-hop, mainstream dance and Bollywood beats. The members' area attracts plenty of big name celebs.

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Regal Cinema


A delightful old Art Deco cinema on the main junction in Colaba, the Regal has been charming film-lovers since 1933. The striking building was designed by Charles Stevens, son of Frederick Stevens, who designed Mumbai's famous Victoria Terminus. The films shown here are mainly Bollywood smashes - opening night for the latest Shah Rukh Khan film is always an event.

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Prithvi Theatre


For the latest in modern Indian theatre, head to this excellent community theatre behind the beach in north Juhu. Depending on the time of day, you can enjoy poetry recitals, film screenings and avant-garde plays in English, Hindi and other Indian languages. The open-air theatre café is a popular hang out for creative types from North Mumbai.

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Opium Den


Antiques and Asian objets d'art create the mood of a drawing room belonging to a colonial explorer at this swish bar in the Hilton Towers. This is a genteel place to drink, popular with business travellers and local entrepreneurs. The bar is well-stocked with international liqueurs and single Malt whiskies, and some seats have views of the ocean and Marine Drive.

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The premier showcase for performing arts in Mumbai, the NCPA features four theatres – the Tata Theatre, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, Experimental Theatre, Little Theatre – and the dance space at the Godrej Dance Academy. The programme runs the gamut from traditional dance and Indian classical music to opera, symphonies and plays in English and Hindi. Drop into the box office for a schedule of upcoming shows.

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