Mumbai was managing to cope with the curfew, which requires bars and clubs (except for those in five star hotels) to close by 1.30 a.m., okay. However, a new problem recently surfaced, which has caused a number of the city's best bars to shut -- including the hugely popular Bonobo and Escobar.
Residents in Bandra, the suburb where most of Mumbai's nightlife is located, are complaining. They're up in arms about everything from noise to parking problems, and pollution. And they seem to be winning. Royalty, located in the premises that used to house Poison, was supposed to open months ago but licensing issues are yet to be sorted out.
It's becoming increasingly difficult to run a bar in Mumbai, due to escalating rent and operating costs, and the number of licenses (around 8-10) required. It doesn't bode well for the future of Mumbai's nightlife.
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