Mumbai is home to some of the country’s finest restaurants, but at its heart lies the dimly lit dive bars that have survived decades. It has achieved legendary status among people. The city that never sleeps comes to life in the most colorful avatars all across these disrespectful dive bars, where nowhere near the fine etiquette of grabbing the stem of a wine glass, no matter what time of day it is. If you’re in the city, head to his one of these iconic bars for great ambiance, impeccable service, and pocket-friendly delicious food.
Gokul in Colaba is a Mumbaiker’s favorite place. Even on weekdays, old Bollywood songs from the ’90s ring out, and the bar is buzzing with infectious laughter and heated conversation. Here, order your favorite spirit with chicken lollipops and masala peanuts and you’re set for a great night out.
address: Gokul Bar & Restaurant, Apollo Bandar, Colaba
yacht rest bar
Located in the gorgeous Bandra West, Yacht Bar has long been a favorite destination for many in the city. However, if you’re looking for somewhere with fancy interiors and a great culinary experience, walk miles away from the yacht. But looking for a place that can turn the night into a night, without being stared at laughing out loud, enjoying hard drinks and warm old-fashioned dishes like schezwan chakna or keema masala, while the yacht Right… your alley.
address: 29, Hill Road, Bandra West
The Janata Bar has been in business since 2000 and has had many regular customers since its opening. From desperate college students to after-work adults, this bar is frequented by people of all ages and from all walks of life. A great place to enjoy a few drinks with friends while eating spicy chicken ska, bombil fries and kebabs.
address: 78A, Pali Naka, Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Sunlight Restaurant and Bar
Located in Marine Lines, Sunlight is another South Mumbai joint that is popular mainly with college students. So popular that it’s very difficult to get seats for the AC. The atmosphere of the bar is reminiscent of an old-fashioned no-frills joint with a jukebox, simple wooden tables and chairs, good food and cheap liquor. Dishes such as peanut masala and chicken 65 go well with drinks.
address: 537, Ravindra Apartments, Kalbadevi Rd, Dhobi Talao, Lohar Chawl, Kalbadevi
This Lower Parlor bar is just as famous for its food as it is for its cheap drinks. The menu features an endless list of favorite bar foods, from Thai to Maharashtrian. The interior is decorated and has a very old school feel that will take you back to the 90’s. If that wasn’t enough, their playlist certainly does. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening with old friends over drinks and stories.
address: 63/65, Kalpataru Building, Dr SS Rao Road, Near Citi Bank, Lal Bagh, Parel