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6 Popular Mumbai Hangouts

Enjoy Cheap Beer & a Lively Atmosphere at These Mumbai Hangouts

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Mumbai has some great restaurants and pubs that offer cheap beer, a lively atmosphere, and somewhere to catch up with other travelers. Check out these popular Mumbai hangouts.

1. Cafe Mondegar

Cafe Mondegar in Colaba.
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Music is the motto at Cafe Mondegar, and it pumps from the jukebox throughout the day and night. Retro rock is the usual flavor, although jazz and pop are also on offer. The continental food served provides a welcome alternative to the usual Indian fare, and the breakfasts are especially popular. Beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages available, but the wine, starting at 90 rupees ($2) a glass, is some of the cheapest in Mumbai. It's always busy here but the friendly, smiling staff make sure everyone's well looked after.

  • Features: Interesting artwork and a jukebox loaded with music.
  • Address: Corner of Colaba Causeway, next to the Regal Cinema, Colaba. Ph: (022)2202-0591.
  • Opening Hours: Early morning until midnight.

2. Leopold's Cafe

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Leopold's has to be one of Mumbai's most famous cafes, and it's gained further notoriety since featuring in Gregory David Robert's account of his time in Mumbai, in the epic Shantaram. Leopold's has now moved on from its checkered past to find a prominent position for itself on every traveler's must-visit list. It's packed with foreigners hoping to relive the Shantaram legend over huge three liter (six pint) pitchers of beer. The food is diverse (Indian, Chinese, and Continental), and the servings are large and fresh. You'll also find a surprisingly good selection of wine.

  • Features: Dimly light upstairs area with DJ playing assorted tunes into the night.
  • Address: Colaba Causeway, Colaba. Ph: (022)2202-0131.
  • Opening Hours: Early morning until midnight.

3. Sports Bar Express

As is to be expected from its name, the Sports Bar Express is a haven for sports lovers. It’s an unpretentious place that’s designed to be an interactive sports tavern. Numerous games are on offer, and there’s also comfortable red couches where you can simply relax and watch the sports that are showing on the big screen TVs. The DJ usually plays hard rock.

  • Features: Large plasma screen TVs, pool table, basketball hoop, dart boards, and punching bag.
  • Address: Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road (Regal Cinema Building), Ground Floor, Colaba. Ph: (022)6639-6681.
  • Opening Hours: Midday until 1.30 a.m.

4. Alps Restaurant & Beer Bar

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The Alps Restaurant & Beer Bar is a small, slightly seedy, simply decorated place that has laminated tables, hanging lamps, and pictures of Hollywood stars gracing its walls. Head there to chill out over the cheapest pitchers of beer you'll find in Mumbai. Sensational sizzlers, and fish & chips are also served there.

  • Features: Rock music, and sports on TV.
  • Address: Roosevelt House, Nowroji Furdunji Road, Colaba (in the lane next to Cafe Mondegar, behind the Taj Hotel). Ph: (022)2204-5042.
  • Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 11.30 p.m

5. Bayview

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Formerly called the Starlit Cafe, Bayview is tucked away on the rooftop of the mediocre Hotel Harbour View and the Strand Hotel. It's simply decorated with terracotta tiles and mosaic walls, however the sea breeze and expansive views more than make up for it. A large bottle of beer will set you back 150 rupees, and there's tasty Indian and Chinese food on offer to accompany it. Apart from sunset, Bayview is a particularly good place to hang out during the monsoon rains.

  • Features: Incredible views over the Gateway of India monument and Mumbai harbor.
  • Address: Opposite the Radio Club, 25P Ramchandani Marg, Colaba. Ph: (022)2282-1089.
  • Opening Hours: 8 a.m. until 1.30 a.m.

6. Toto's Garage

Toto’s is the closest thing you’ll find to a western pub. It’s very popular and seats are hard to come by. However, it’s usually filled with more locals than foreigners as it’s located away from the main tourist area, albeit in Mumbai’s most happening suburb of Bandra. Cheap alcohol, including an appealing selection of cocktails as well as beer, interesting decor, and rock music make this place a winner.

  • Features: Decorated in a garage theme, complete with overall clad bar staff and assorted car parts throughout.
  • Address: 30, Lourdes Haven Pali Junction (off Pali Market, down a side street), Bandra West. Ph: (022)2600-5494.
  • Opening Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight.

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