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Kasturi Gadge

Kasturi Gadge

Contributing journalist, India

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The 6 best clubs in Mumbai

The 6 best clubs in Mumbai

Getting ready for a night out in manic Mumbai? These are the joints you need to hit up. Befitting a city of its gargantuan size, the nightlife in Mumbai is very much alive. The best clubs here are found in Bandra, Andheri and Lower Parel, but don’t make the mistake of committing all your energies to those well-known spots. There is plenty of fun to be found all over this city. A night out in the City of Dreams is one you’ll never forget, a bucket list party experience that centres around throwing shapes all night long. The party scene in Mumbai will give you a taste of how glamorous this place can be. So, we ask again; getting ready for a night out in the City of Dreams? These are the best clubs in Mumbai.

The 11 best bars and pubs in Mumbai

The 11 best bars and pubs in Mumbai

They don’t call it the Maximum City without reason. Mumbai is a cauldron of excitement the likes of which the world may not be ready for, and its nightlife scene is every bit at the heart of that. Partying here is a diverse experience, covering clubs, bars, live art, street theatre and even the occasional restaurant that decides to become something entirely different when the sun goes down. Mumbai is just that sort of place. There is something about the best bars and pubs in Mumbai that is super exciting. These places are where the people of Mumbai come to relax, whether after a long shift at work or just to shed the stresses that life in a city of nearly 13 million people can create. Throw in some innovative independent breweries and taprooms, and you are onto a real winner. The City of Dreams? You better believe it.

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

New normal. You’ve probably heard that phrase a lot over the past 18 months. When the pandemic hit last year, humankind entered a new era. And the day-to-day lives of city-dwellers – so used to the social aspect of urban living – changed with it. But now, many of us have gone some way to throwing off those shackles. Border restrictions are loosening. Bars, restaurants, even clubs are reopening. And while the pandemic still rages on, we’re all tentatively reaching out to something that kind of resembles a better normal. So, what’s that, exactly? To find out, you’ve got to look at what’s going on around you, out on the street, down the park, in your backyard. Throughout 2020 and 2021, our cities have thrived. Against impossible odds, communities banded together, hung out, made stuff. They displayed all the same energy and resilience and grassroots ingenuity that allowed them to spring up in the first place. They survived. And now we come to our annual ranking of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods. This year, we couldn’t help but switch up our priorities. Food, drink, nightlife, culture – important. Community spirit, resilience, sustainability – just as important, especially if we are to come out of this pandemic with things we can be proud of and tell the rest of the world about. Just like we’ve done for the past three years, we took the results of our annual Time Out Index survey (which this year polled 27,000 city-dwellers) to our local editors and contributors. They then vet

What to do in Bandra West, Mumbai’s coolest neighbourhood

What to do in Bandra West, Mumbai’s coolest neighbourhood

What’s the deal with Bandra West? When in Mumbai, you simply must visit Bandra. This part of town draws in visitors with its old-meets-new charm, with conserved 17th-century architecture contrasting starkly with uber-chic cafés and to-die-for upscale restaurants.  The locals may long for the good ol’ days sans busy streets, yet they still nurture a deep sense of community. If you meet any Bandra boy or girl, they’ll seem utterly convinced their area has everything you could possibly need. And once you’ve been here, you’ll most likely agree. From trendy superfood cafés to craft beer bars, streetside shopping to high-end boutiques, the chock-a-block main streets and lazy bylanes of Bandra have it all. If you only do one thing... Visit the Bandra Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1534, which offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Get cultured Catch an up-and-coming comic – or a veteran of the Mumbai comedy circuit – at The Cuckoo Club. A few months back, they had Aziz Ansari perform an incognito after-hours gig here three nights back to back. Go off the beaten track Photograph: Flickr / Satish Krishnamurthy From the bylanes of Chapel Road to Chuim village, Bandra’s walls make the perfect blank canvas for local graffiti artists. Grab your camera and head out on an aimless walk around the neighbourhood – you’ll come away with some brilliant snaps.  Eat here Bandra is packed with students, so you can certainly eat on the cheap here. One

A guide to the very best nightlife in Mumbai

A guide to the very best nightlife in Mumbai

Full disclaimer: this list is not solely for out-of-towners. Locals, too, will delight in our guide to the very best nightlife in Mumbai: in addition to highlighting the pubs, clubs and restaurants to flock to when the sun sets, we visit the art- and culture-related city attractions that make up the character of the city after hours. Catch a play, gaze at art, play VR games, eat a ton of delicious street food or opt for a more traditional night out on the town, filled with loads of dancing and drinking. Whatever it is that you are craving, Mumbai will deliver.