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The 8 best clubs in Mumbai

Bustling Bandra, Andheri and Lower Parel are home to most of the best clubs in Mumbai, but there is fun everywhere here.

Kasturi Gadge
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Kasturi Gadge
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Befitting a city of its size, the nightlife in Mumbai is buzzing. A night on the tiles in the City of Dreams is one you’ll never forget, although that depends on how your memory works when it comes to excess. Either way, this is the sort of thing you need to do at least once in your life, but preferably on multiple occasions.

The best clubs in Mumbai are in Bandra, Andheri and Lower Parel, but there is plenty of energy to be found in less obvious places too. The colonial side of the city will give you a taste of how glamorous Mumbai can get, a taste you’ll almost certainly take a liking to. That goes without saying, but you’ll likely be too busy dancing to notice.

Best clubs in Mumbai

It’s safe to call Kitty Su, inside The LaLit Mumbai, a wild child. Expect a red carpet welcome, multiple lounge areas boasting different décors and a tucked-away bar. Don’t forget to try the signature cocktails: the LaLiT Cocktail and Cold Chai. Beware: the club is only open from Wednesday through Saturday (well, Wednesday night until the early hours of Sunday morning, but you get the point).

2. XXO

At XXO, you can party on the 37th floor while gazing out to an uninterrupted view of the city alongside a crowd that knows how to party right. The club wilds out post-midnight (it’s open until 3 am) so you might want to hang out at nearby local bars, throwing down a few that will get you in the mood to groove to the high-energy music. Fair warning: a pint of beer may cost you up to Rs 400 while cocktails will require you to shell out up to Rs 1000 each.

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Matahaari
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3. Matahaari

Matahaari gets its name from renowned exotic Dutch dancer Mata Hari, which happens to serve as the theme for the club as well. The Worli venue offers a large selection of food along with some must-try classic cocktails to be enjoyed while bopping your head to the Bollywood music that is often played here. Although the spot attracts younger party-goers, you’re in for a guaranteed good time.

4. Club Sirkus

Just a few kilometres away from the airport, this one boasts a rather dramatic entrance featuring a giant face of a lion. There is ample space to dance to the mix of club music and Bollywood tunes that are played throughout the venue. The best part? The drinks are affordable!

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China House Lounge
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5. China House Lounge

This lounge at Hyatt opens at 5 pm and serves patrons until 2 am, making it the perfect place to grab a drink after work or lounge until the wee hours. While this might be a bit expensive, their prohibition cocktails are a must-try, as is their Cantonese food. You might even want to consider taking your date to the China House Lounge as the place changes form as the night progresses.

6. Drop

Drop has gone through various owner and name changes over the years—remaining a top contender in the city’s nightlife scene all throughout. With an extensive food menu, you might want to book a table in advance. Nestled in the Bandra neighbourhood, the club is in a basement, below circular stairs that lead you to a podium usually occupied by a DJ or musicians playing live.

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7. One Street Over

This Bandra eatery gets a club-like makeover throughout the weekends, getting crowded with socialites and film stars as the week progresses. Although clearly not a typical club, it gets crazier at One Street Over than at other dancing venues in the neighbourhood. We recommend you find your way in by 11 pm at night, in order to secure yourself a nice spot. The staff allows smoking on the dance floor and there aren’t too many windows around so non-smokers and asthmatic folks might want to stay away.

Following the footsteps of its global outposts, Playboy Club in Mumbai is a glamorous bar with a mysterious décor. Complementing the anything-can-happen-here vibe is the upbeat music by local and international DJs. The club is only open on Friday and Saturday evenings and charges a fee for entry (that won’t give you access to tables, though). As the place gets crowded, reaching the bar to grab a drink might prove difficult. May we suggest pregaming instead?

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