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By Chris | June 26 2007
As evening draws in, Mumbai comes alive with the buzz of hip bars and clubs.
Practically all the best nightspots in the city overlook the Arabian Sea, each providing a subtle mix of chic décor and an exotic vibe. Find the perfect place to romance – and to chill – with our guide to the top bars and clubs in this fabulous city.
Overlooking the swells of the Arabian Sea, Dome at the Intercontinental Marine Drive offers the perfect romantic setting to imbibe the exotic atmosphere of Mumbai.
Situated on the hotel’s 8th floor, this open-air lounge strikes the right note of sophistication with its terrace restaurant, where you can indulge in a selection of cocktails, premium wines and fine cigars while basking in the warm glow of an Indian sunset. Awarded Mumbai’s ‘Most Romantic Restaurant’ in 2005, Dome has also been voted one of the top 10 sky bars in the world by Forbes Traveler.
+91 22 5639 9999
Intercontinental, 135 Marine Drive, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Rd, 400 020 Mumbai
BLUEROG is a revolutionary, integrated music project and restaurant.
Featuring a slew of international artists, live music runs six nights a week spanning jazz, blues, funk, soul and Afro/Latin to electronic, club, rock, folk and lots more. This bar/record label/ music studio has now restructured as an artist platform, hosting workshops, jams and industry events by the artists who’ve played at the FROG for gigs, festivals and private functions. Enjoy drinks and cocktails, fine dining and even Sunday brunch for the whole family.
High above the bustling streets of Worli, relax and enjoy the panoramic sunset views at AER, Mumbai’s highest roof-top bar.
Enjoy the chic splendor of this open-air lounge, while sipping an evening cocktail beneath a canopy of stars. The largely Middle Eastern cuisine here is equally inspiring. An eclectic selection of wines and champagnes, with a live DJ playing nightly, adds to the energy and sophistication of this thoroughly modern Indian bar.
+91 22 2481 8444
Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, 114, Dr E Moses Marg, Worli, Mumbai 400 018
Olive Bar & Kitchen’s newest location at the prestigious Mahalaxmi Race Course, provides a distinctive dining experience in a space reminiscent of a rustic cottage in the Mediterranean countryside, complete with a neighboring stable of purebred horses.
Here, superb Med-inspired fare and fine wines are the highlight of a peaceful afternoon or evening, with a surprisingly light lunch menu, and a dinner menu that’s pure indulgence. It’s an experience the city’s beautiful people have unreservedly taken to their hearts.
+91 22 4085 9595
Amateur Riders Club Building, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Gate No. 8, K. Khadye Marg, Mumbai 400034
Vying for the top night spot in Mumbai, Vie Lounge and Deck is a great venue for discerning bar hounds, with big name DJs spinning eclectic tracks, a large variety of perfectly mixed cocktails, and a young and vibrant crowd taking in the atmosphere.
Thanks to its sleek dining area and jaw dropping views of the bay, Vie offers a perfect place to eat, drink, and unwind. A private room is available for hire, and can cater for up to 20 people.
Established in 2000, Olive Bar & Kitchen is a Mumbai landmark.
With award-winning Mediterranean cuisine and an impeccable wine and beverage selection, Olive provides an idyllic setting for its elite clientele. Just like the city, this branch of Mumbai’s Olive is a bit of a chameleon: at Bar Nights on Thursdays, the place explodes with music and high spirits. But visit for Sunday Brunch, and it’s lazy laughter in a sunlit courtyard, where no one will hurry you from your table.
+91 22 2605 8228
Pali Hill Tourist Hotel, 14, Union Park, Khar (West), Mumbai 400052
A firm favorite of the beau monde of Bandra, Zenzi is a gorgeous bar and restaurant combining flair with fine food, topped by a selection of delicious wines.
The sumptuous interiors decorated with glass and rich wood paneling perfectly offsets the bar’s eclectic mix of Western and Eastern cuisine; while the private lounge area is the perfect place to escape the bustling crowds. Apart from the restaurant the venue houses three areas in which to enjoy your evening – the lounge, the bar and the open-air terrace. Come to see and be seen in this stylish hangout in the heart of the city.
+91 22 5643 0670
183 Waterfield Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050
Set by the sea within atmospheric environs and opulent decor, Aurus offers more than just another fine dining experience.
Master Chef Vikas Seth sets out an enticing selection of culinary offerings from the length and breadth of Europe, coupled with his own innovative ‘New World’ cuisine, such as King Prawns with Wasabi Foam or Oven Roasted Baby Lobster with Red Pepper Jelly. After dinner, kick back and enjoy the awe-inspiring views with a little something from Aurus’ own selection of cocktails, vintage wines, and mocktails, including the intriguingly named Tangerine Capiroshka.
+91 22 6710 6666
Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz, Mumbai 400 054