In Mumbai, one of the best things to do for a fun night out is to head to a pub.  With the weather generally being hot and balmy or rainy and wet, and the roads busy with people and vehicles, the welcoming insides of bars and pubs in the city are the perfect way to escape the noise, traffic and overall hectic nature of city life.

And there is no dearth of variety. Some pubs offer a simple sit-down, easy-drinking experience, while others have live entertainment, stand up shows, and dance floors to let your hair down. From pubs in Mumbai that have been in existence for decades, to newbies that are all the rage and gaining ground, here are the best places for a fun night out.

1. Leopold Cafe & Bar

Leopold Cafe & Bar is an iconic pub and bar located in South Mumbai. Spread over two levels,  the low-lit lower level is where most of the crowd prefer to sit on a regular evening. The beer and Continental cuisine are huge favourites with the crowd. On weeknights, the upper level has a DJ who plays everything from dance to house and even retro. So if you’re looking to dance or enjoy some music, that’s the place to be. On a Friday evenings, and on the weekends, the place tends to get crowded so expect long wait hours or to share a table with someone.

Location: Colaba

Timing: 7:30 am to 12 am (Daily)

2. Verbena

Besides being a pub, Verbena doubles up as a brew garden and a skybar. Spread over two sections, the al-fresco area is decorated with a lot of green. There are plants on the walls and around the seating area. For those who prefer the indoors, there is a comfortable air-conditioned area. The air-conditioned section has a dining area, seating at the bar as well as a dance floor. To get a feel of how exciting Verbena is, visit on a Friday evening when the office crowd of the Kamla Mills and surrounding areas drop by to dance to foot-tapping music played by the in-house DJ.

Location:  Lower Parel

Timing: 4 pm to 12.30 am (Daily)

3. Woodside Inn

Woodside Inn pub in Colaba has decor and an ambiance that is perfect for a relaxed evening. At the pub, expect soothing background music, a wide selection of alcoholic beverages and delicious pastas and pizzas. With so much on offer, there is no better way to enjoy a relaxed evening out with friends or a date.

Location:  Lower Parel

Timing: 11.30 am to 1.30 am (Daily)

4. The Bombay Bronx

Looking for a  ‘Hatke’ pub experience in Mumbai? The Bombay Bronx is a great option. Its Bollywood-esque décor sets the right mood for a night of dancing and enjoying filmy music. The most popular place at the Bombay Bronx is the dancefloor, which is packed to capacity on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. If you don’t like dancing or crowds, sit by the bar and enjoy the music as you sip on your favourite drink.

Location: Breach Candy

Timing: 12 pm to 1 am (Daily)

5. The Ghetto

A favourite hangout spot for local college students in South Mumbai, The Ghetto has a few pool tables, psychedelic wall art and an easy-going ambiance. It’s low lighting makes it a perfectly relaxed place to unwind. However, its biggest draw is the cheap beer. The beer menu consists of domestic ales with a few international options. If you visit, make sure to try their famous kheema pav. At Ghetto, you can enjoy retro ’80s classic rock music.

Location:  Breach Candy

Timing: 12 pm to 1 am (Daily)

6. The Bar Stock Exchange

An interesting concept, The Bar Stock Exchange pricing on drinks mimics a stock exchange. Alcohol prices fluctuate based on demand so always keep a lookout for prices on the big screen or on the app, which you can download onto your phone. There’s a wide selection of domestic and international alcoholic beverages and you can get really great prices on your favourite drinks if you order at the right time. Stag entry isn’t allowed at the bar so keep that in mind if planning a bachelor party or only-boys night out.

Location: Malad, Bandra, BKC, Sakinaka, Lower Parel, Colaba, Dadar, Thane, Chembur

Timing: 6pm to 1.30 am (Daily)

7. SamBar Pub & Kitchen

Located in Khar, in close proximity to the station, SamBar Pub & Kitchen is an ideal place to unwind on a weeknight or the weekend. The place has a wonderful ambiance, friendly staff, and a good range of South Indian fusion foods. There’s plenty happening at SamBar Pub & Kitchen regularly, including live events and karaoke, and you can check out upcoming events via the bar’s Facebook page.

Location: Khar

Timing: 6.30 pm to 1 am (Daily)

8. Agent Jack’s

This cute pub in Malad West has some amazing deals on alcohol. It’s minimalist decor is old-school yet inviting and the method in which you can bid for your drinks is interactive and a ton of fun.  Food is served in large portions so you can be sure to go home well-watered and well-fed.

Location: Malad West

Timings: 6 pm to 1.30 am (Daily)


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