Live music has really caught on in Mumbai, with many people now preferring to go out and listen to a live band than a DJ. Visit any of these popular Mumbai live music venues and you won’t be disappointed. There's everything from rock to classical music.
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**Do note that Blue Frog has closed.** The Blue Frog is without a doubt the most happening live music venue in Mumbai, and understandably so. Its founding partners, some of whom are talented musicians, are extremely dedicated to the industry. They 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. Read review of Blue Frog.
- Where: Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, south Mumbai. Phone: (22) 4033-2300.
- When: Tuesday to Sunday.
- Time: Open from 6.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m. Live acts from 10.30 p.m.
- Entry Fee: Free before 10.00 p.m. except on ticketed or specially priced nights. Expect to pay around 500 rupees per person after 10.00 p.m.
02 of 05
If you want to hear traditional Indian music, Mumbai's National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) is the place to go. The NCPA hosts a wide spectrum of leading musicians, such as Kishori Amonkar, Zakir Hussain, Shivkumar Sharma, Ajoy Chakrabarty and Hariprasad Chaurasia.
- Where: National Center for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, south Mumbai. Phone: (22) 6622-3737.
- Time: Varied, but shows usually commence early evening around 6.30 p.m.
- Entry Fee: Generally, 150 rupees for members of the general public.
03 of 05
The famed Hard Rock Cafe chain found its way to Mumbai in late 2006, and later opened a second suburban outlet in the city. Anyone needing a good dose of American food and culture should head there. As would be expected at a Hard Rock Cafe the menu is packed with tasty burgers, fries, steak, salads, and indulgent deserts. It serves up a variety of live rock performances as well, including some big-name ticketed events.
- Where: Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, opposite Kamala City Mills Studio, Worli, south Mumbai. Phone: (22) 2438-2888. Also at Sharyans Audeus, opposite Yashraj Studios, Lokhandwala, Andheri West, Mumbai. Phone: (22) 2674-3901.
- Time: Open daily from noon to 1.30 a.m.
- Entry Fee: 500 rupees on live band nights, although this varies according to who’s performing.
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High Street Phoenix Mall has been holding monthly Awestrung events in its courtyard since October 2015. These live music performances, which usually take place on the last Friday of every month, feature quality acts from various genres. Food and drinks are available.
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- Where: 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, south Mumbai. Phone: (22) 4333-9994.
- Time: 7.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m.
- Entry Fee: Free.
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More than six decades old, Shanmukhananda Auditorium was established in 1952 to promote fine arts and hold large cultural events. It has a substantial seating capacity of more than 2,700 people, spread over three levels, and is renowned for its weekend carnatic south Indian classical music performances. In addition, it holds regular special events. This includes a free annual tribute to Allah Rakha Khan, father of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, on February 3. It's a diverse day-long program that's extremely popular.
- Where: Harbanslal Marg, behind Gandhi Market, Sion East, Mumbai. Phone: (22) 2407-8888. Box Office (22) 2404-4141.
- Time: Varies.
- Entry Fee: Varies depending on the performance.