Mumbai is the city that never sleeps. From dawn to dusk, the city keeps us enmeshed in its hectic way of life, in its incessant chatter and bustle. Come night, it’s time to swing and sway to the beats of this city’s vibrant nightlife. Heading out to a nightclub in Mumbai or to one of its many watering holes, we look forward to letting our hair down and indulge in some madness. Here are 6 of the best places to visit if it is crazy cocktails you’re looking for –
Dishkiyaaon, Bandra Kurla Complex
If you’re looking for something really dramatic, oops we mean ‘filmy’, Dishkiyaaon is the place to be. If mixing cocktail is an art, the folks at Dishkiyaaon have elevated it to the level of sheer insanity. The Rajni Style Bloody Mary, for example. Who’d have thought the humble Tamil rasam could be paired with lime and Smnirnoff Vodka, or the Paan Banaras Wala can taste epic with black and white whisky? The answer is Dishkiyaaon.
HITCHKI, Bandra Kurla Complex
Here’s one place that can elevate every course into a cocktail. One of the most hip and happening watering holes in BKC, HITCHKI serves some trendsetters such as the Bitcoin Hiccup (with Gin, Triple sec, dark chocolate, orange rind, and edible coins) and GST (with Guava, Sea Salt, Tonic, Vodka, and Ginger). Get ready to have your mind blown away with dessert cocktails such as Coffee Toffee and Nathulal Jaisi. Try them out before you ask what’s in them.
Beluga, The Lalit Mumbai, Andheri East
Here’s a bar with an extensive menu that will blow your mind away. The sheer variety of wines and champagnes available here is quite a surprise. Add to this the cray cocktails and you have your slice of heaven! Try their legendary Champagne cocktails such as Love and Lust, with champagne, creme de fraises, and strawberry crush, or Pornstar Martini, with champagne, vanilla vodka and passion fruit crush. Do not forget to try the Beluga specials like Spirit of Bombay, Nicotini, and One Night in Baghdad. The LaLiT is also home to one of the best 24 hours restaurants in Mumbai.
Lord of the Drinks, Lower Parel
Now when a place calls itself The Lord of The Drinks, you may expect some real magic and wizardry. Look out for the House Specials such as The Smokey Chocolate Martini (made with whiskey soda, Kahlua, chocolate syrup, fresh cream, smoked cinnamon, and garnished with chocolate stick) or Orange Blossom (made with vodka, orange liqueur, kaffir leaves, sweet and sour mix, vanilla syrup splashed with homemade flavoured fizz) or LOTD The Colony (made with whiskey, triple sec, chocolate, wheat almond syrup, lemon juice, homemade vermouth and garnished with almond and raisin and smoked with rosemary).
The Havana Café & Bar at The Gordon House Hotel has the olde worlde charm of taverns from the Wild West. The cocktails match the ambience and are to die for. Try signature house cocktails such as the Freedom Fighter (white and dark rum, triple sec, orange juice, bitters, pineapple juice, and lime juice) or Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger ale, lime juice and bitters), or French Martini (vodka, maraschino cherry liqueur, and pineapple juice). Add to this the live music and karaoke events and the live sports screening and you will know why this is a favourite of Mumbaikars. After all, this is SoBo, the Vintage Mumbai!
Bombay Cocktail Bar, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West
The Bombay Cocktail Bar always retains a surprise element with specially curated cocktail menus that change from time to time. The Tipsy Kalakhatta (made with vodka, kalakhatta syrup, cumin spiced syrup, rose gomme, chat masala and served with dry smoke), Sharabi Aam Panna (rum, raw mango crush, kokam syrup and served with raw mango) and Desi Mojito (rum, fresh green chilli, and coriander jal jeera) are among their crazy best.