Mumbai (Bombay) Nightlife
Mumbai is India's nightlife capital, with bars and clubs that could hold their own with the best in Singapore or Hong Kong, catering to the city's giants of fashion, finance and film.
Dress codes apply in Mumbai and it pays to make an effort; after all you might well be rubbing shoulders with the cream of Bollywood. Some clubs operate a couples-only policy (look for signs saying no 'stags', the local term for single men) and many charge a steep entrance fee.
All the 5-star hotels have bars, where you can drink in air-conditioned and pricey seclusion, but there are also some more relaxed, less contrived watering holes.
The most popular drinks are beer and spirits (particularly whisky), but Indian wine (produced in the highlands of Maharashtra) has a growing following. For listings, check out the website for Time Out Mumbai (www.timeout.com/mumbai) and the daily English-language newspaper Mid-day, which has up-to-the-minute entertainment listings.
Bars in Mumbai (Bombay)
Four Seasons know how to do things in style, and the rooftop bar at the their Mumbai hotel certainly delivers. As the sun dips over Back Bay, Aer's sculpted tables are the best place to watch Marine Drive's lights come on. Set on the 34th floor, the bar is cool as a sapphire pendant and very exclusive, so wear your best Ritu Kumar kurta.Address: Worli, 1/136 Dr E. Moses Road, Mumbai, 400018
Telephone: +91 22 2481 8000.
Not quite as painfully cool as Aer, but still perfectly poised for the Marine Drive sunset, Dome creates a miniature version of Rome atop the Intercontinental Hotel, with long loungers, potted foliage and a Pantheon-style dome. Come for cocktails in front of spectacular displays of colour over the Arabian Sea.Address: Marine Drive, InterContinental Hotel, 135 Marine Drive, Mumbai, 400020
Telephone: +91 22 3987 9999.
Olive Bar & Kitchen
Olive created quite a wow when it first opened in Mumbai, and this calm, cool Mediterranean bar and café is still a huge hit with the Bollywood set. It morphs from eatery to nightspot as the evening wears on, and by midnight, the dancefloor is full and the DJs are pumping. Glam up.Address: Union Park, Khar West, 14 Nargis Dutt Road, Mumbai, 400052
Telephone: +91 22 4340 8229.
Clubs in Mumbai (Bombay)
A hip hangout for the young and fashionable, with a rooftop terrace and rooms that shake to the latest dance tunes, electronic music and underground beats. It attracts a modern crowd with eclectic musical tastes, and for that alone it deserves extra credit in a city besieged by filmi soundtracks.Address: Bandra West, 2nd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Off Linking Road, Mumbai, 400020
Telephone: +91 22 2605 5050.
This colossal nightclub offers palatial décor dripping with chandeliers and spangles and plenty of space to strut your stuff. Formerly owned by actress Shilpa Shetty, it is still in the hands of Bollywood royalty and attracts a glam crowd who like to dress up and show off. Expect the odd big EDM name.Address: Bandra West, G1/B Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Mumbai (Bombay), 400050
Telephone: +91 22 4229 6000.
A wave of coloured lights greets arrivals at this upbeat nightclub near the sand in Juhu Beach. It's every inch the modern nightclub experience, down to the drinks specials, resident DJs and multiple dancefloors. Expect to be grooving to hip hop, electronica, big room house and commercial music.Address: Juhu Beach, Hotel Sea Princess, 969 Juhu Tara Rd, Mumbai, 400049
Telephone: +91 22 2646 9689.
Live music in Mumbai (Bombay)
The city's premier live music venue has hosted an impressive line up of global acts since it opened in 2007, covering everything from jazz and blues to hard rock and cutting edge electronica. The Mumbai branch has proved so successful that blueFrogs have opened in Bengaluru and Pune. It also serves fantastic food.Address: Lower Parel, D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Mumbai (Bombay), 400013
Telephone: +91 22 6158 6158.
Classical music in Mumbai (Bombay)
Dance in Mumbai (Bombay)
Theatres in Mumbai (Bombay)
Music and Dance in Mumbai (Bombay)
National Centre for Performing Arts
Mumbai's National Centre for Performing Arts, a huge complex of five theatres, puts on a widely varying programme of plays, musicals and dance, including the occasional English-language performance. Many shows are free, particularly if they have strong cultural merit.Address: Nariman Point, NCPA Marg, Mumbai, 400021
Telephone: +91 22 6622 3737.
Nehru Centre Auditorium
A striking piece of 1970s architecture, the Nehru Centre Auditorium regularly stages theatre, dance and music, alongside its normal programme of daytime shows and exhibitions. Its onsite art gallery promotes the work of young artists.Address: Worli, Dr Annie Besant Road, Mumbai, 400018
Telephone: +91 22 2496 4676.