From the romantic to the incredibly sophisticated, Mumbai has some world class bars that will leave you with memories of an unforgettable night out. To see Mumbai from a different perspective, treat yourself to an experience at one of these atmospheric Mumbai bars. Many of them offer fine dining as well.
Although it's been knocked off its pedestal of being Mumbai's highest bar, Aer remains one of the best places to enjoy a sunset cocktail in Mumbai. The bar's rooftop location on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel is open air, breezy, and provides panoramic views of the city. If this isn't enticing enough, champagne and cocktails are available for approximately half price from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. A DJ spins later in the night.
- Opening Hours: Daily, from 5.00 p.m. until 1.30 a.m.
View, views, and more views are what you'll get at this sensuous and seductive rooftop bar at the Intercontinental hotel on Marine Drive. Come here to watch the sun set over Marine Drive (affectionately known as the Queen's Necklace for its sparkling row of lights) and linger on as stars and candles replace the fading sunlight in the open air lounge. Few places get to boast of such a beautiful setting. You'll enjoy the impressive selection of cocktails, wines, and cigars too. This bar is definitely for chilling out! Be prepared to pay for the experience though. Drinks are really expensive and there aren't any happy hours.
- Opening Hours: 5 p.m. until 1.30 a.m.
Located in the lobby of the historic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, the cozy Harbour Bar has the distinction of being the first licensed bar in Mumbai. It opened in 1933 and looks out across the bay. These days, the bar wears a modern new look after undergoing renovations following the devastating terrorist attack at the hotel in 2008. Its creative menu features two nostalgic gin-based signature cocktails -- From the Harbour Since 1933 and The Bombay Blazer (served flaming). Surprisingly, there's even Pisco Sour, with origins in south America. Save money with happy hours from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 12 a.m.
145 Kala Ghoda
This groovy new all-day cafe and bar opened in late 2015 and replaced Cheval. It's conveniently located in Mumbai's Kala Ghoda arts precinct. Much of the rather quirky decor (which you'll either love or hate) was sourced from Crawford Market and was inspired by things seen for sale on Mumbai's streets. Think yellow smiley balls, steel kitchen utensils, tea kettles, water buckets, and badminton rackets all combined together in a curious installation on the ceiling. The cocktails are creative too (try the smoked ones) and there's also a pool table.
- Opening Hours: Noon until 1.30 a.m.
Gadda Da Vida
Want front row seats to a stunning sunset over Juhu beach, in Mumbai's posh western suburb? Gadda Da Vida at the Novotel hotel is the place! This chic sea lounge has both indoor and outdoor space, poolside and beachside under the palm trees. There are daily happy hours from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., making this bar perfect for chilled-out sundowners. Come later in the night (from 10 p.m.) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for DJs and dancing.
- Opening Hours: 2 p.m. until 1.30 a.m.
Olive Bar and Kitchen
If you want to blend with the beautiful people of Mumbai, don't miss Thursday's Bar Nights at iconic Olive (which has been in the business for over 10 years now!). Mediterranean themed and and beautifully decorated in white, it's part outdoor courtyard and part indoor dining. (Note: Olive is also one of the best places in Mumbai for Sunday brunch!).
- Opening Hours: 7.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.
Named after an endangered ape that lives in the heart of the Congo, this laid back but hip jungle-themed bar has a fabulous cocktail list, outdoor rooftop dining area, and indoor air-conditioned lounge area where a DJ spins tunes. It's one of the most popular bars in fashionable suburban Bandra, and attracts an eclectic arty crowd that's a blend of locals and foreigners. Go Thursdays to Saturdays for the best vibe.
- Opening Hours: 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. There are happy hours until 9 p.m. and discounted drinks every Thursday night (old school bar night).