3 Must-Visit Bars in Mumbai

Clamorous and captivating, India’s biggest city bursts with an energy that can be felt across its ever-evolving spectrum of restaurants and bars.

Photo: Slink + Bardot

1. Slink + Bardot

This small-plate French restaurant, which opened last May in an old turquoise bungalow at the entrance to Worli village, is worth the schlep for the food alone. But the attached lounge (pictured above) is turning heads as well: it was crowned Best Bar for Cocktails by the 2017 edition of the India Nightlife Convention and Awards. Mood lighting, velvet couches, and a playlist of relaxed jazz set the tone for an evening of stiff drinks such as Sitting In An English Garden Waiting For The sun, a blend of gin, elderflower, cucumber juice, egg white, and lavender bitters.

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2. The Little Easy

Billed as a speakeasy-style pub, The little Easy in Bandra eschews gimmickry (there’s no secret location, no password) in favor of keeping the focus on expertly crafted cocktails by mixologist Mukesh khatri: try the gin-based Moonshiner with orange juice and hibiscus syrup, or the classic sazerac. And come hungry, as there are some delectable bar bites—paneer tikka tacos; vada pav—on the menu.

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3.The Quarter 

Set inside Mumbai’s beautifully restored Royal Opera House, The Quarter provides an evening-filling experience spread over four different venues. There’s a café and a restaurant serving Louisiana Creole food, but vino lovers will want to head straight for Drink, Mumbai’s first mozzarella bar, where burrata and bocconcini are paired with wines from a well-stocked cellar. There’s also Live, a 1950s-inspired jazz bar with nightly live performances and a menu of classic cocktails.

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This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Mumbai to the Max”).

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