1. Blue Frog
The Blue Frog is without a doubt the most happening live music venue in Mumbai, and understandably so. Its eight partners, some of whom are talented musicians, are extremely dedicated to the industry. They've put a lot of effort into creating a unique and versatile venue -- a lavishly decorated 6,000 square foot warehouse that plays host to all genres from jazz to electronic. Blue Frog also serves up sumptuous food and drinks from a global menu.
- Where: Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel. Ph: 40332300.
- When: Tuesday to Sunday.
- Time: Open from 6.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m. Live acts from 10.30 p.m. Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Entry Fee: 300 rupees after 9 p.m. 500 rupees on Friday & Saturday.
This restaurant/bar has a wonderful waterfront location and an intriguing set of steps that are made to resemble a piano. As its name suggests, the genre of music at this place is not just limited to jazz. Bands also play blues, rock, and sometimes even county and western. Although this is a great place to hear live music, better food can be found at the pizzeria next door.
- Where: Soona Mahal, Opposite Hotel Ambassador, 143, Marine Drive, Churchgate. Ph: 22851876.
- When: Four night a week from Wednesday to Saturday. There’s karaoke on the other nights.
- Time: Open from 6 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.
- Entry Fee: 300 rupees after 10pm.
If you want to hear traditional Indian music, Mumbai's National Centre for Performing Arts is the place to go. The NCPA features a wide spectrum of leading musicians, such as Kishori Amonkar, Zakir Hussain, Shivkumar Sharma, Ajoy Chakrabarty and Hariprasad Chaurasia, who perform there regularly.
- Where: National Centre for Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Phone: (22) 6622 3737.
- When: A detailed event calendar is available from the NCPA website.
- Time: Varied, but shows usually commence early evening around 6.30 p.m.
- Entry Fee: 100-300 rupees, depending on seating.
The Hard Rock Cafe chain found its way to Mumbai in late 2006, and anyone needing a good dose of American food and culture should come here. As would be expected at a Hard Rock Cafe the menu is packed with tasty burgers, fries, steak, salads, and indulgent deserts. The two level venue provides a spacious reprieve in crowded Mumbai, with two stages that serve up a variety of live rock performances.
- Where: Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg (opposite Kamala City Mills Studio), Worli. Ph: 24382888.
- When: Tuesday (alternative rock) and Thursday (classic rock).
- Time: Open Monday to Sunday from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.
- Entry Fee: Around 200 rupees on live band nights, although this varies according to who’s performing.
Firangi Paani, meaning foreign water, is an English style pub. Leather upholstered chairs, dark polished wood, etched glass and mirrors, all give it a cozy and old world charm. The live music is rock, in varied styles. Firangi Paani is well regarded for actively promoting live bands, especially in the metal scene.
- Where: Fun Republic, Level 3, Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai (opposite Laxmi Industrial Estate). Ph: (22) 26744144.
- When: Every Thursday.
- Time: Open from noon for meals. Live acts from around 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.
- Entry Fee: 250 rupees.