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Things we love

It’s seriously cheap.
They drive freestyle. Sit back and roll with it – that’s just how it’s done here.
People in Mumbai have ‘train friends’ that last for years. Something to think about the next time that guy with the big mac sits next to you.
You can buy ANYTHING.  One guy tried to sell BarChick a birthday balloon the size of a car…obvs we bought it.
Put on your best regal English accent and you can get into pretty much anywhere.

Things we wish we’d known

The Indian head wobble means yes AND no, it works for them, but not always for you.
There’s a 25% tax on alcohol, so your bill will always be a lot bigger than you were expecting.
Make sure your taxi driver resets the metre when you get in the car or you will be ripped off.
“5 minutes” actually means at least 30.

Best bars in Mumbai
Best bars in Mumbai
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Busaba
Busaba

Named after a Thai flower, this is one of the places in Mumbai we found that made killer cocktails – naturally BarChick loved it! With good drinks this rare it gets pretty busy so book baby, book, especially on weekends. Early Read More

Cerveza
Cerveza

Step in to this dimly lit beer bar, and make like you’re Homer Simpson. Like the name suggests, this place has beers from all over the world, so perfect it you’re homesick, or for a little local Guinness fix (an Read More

Dome at Intercontinental
Dome at Intercontinental

Be warned, your bag is scanned on entry into the hotel so hide whatever you’re hiding. This beautiful roof top terrace overlooks Marine Drive and the Arabian Sea, so it is pretty much perfect for a cocktail at sunset. Plus if Read More

Escobar
Escobar

This boasts the longest bar in India, coming in at 77 feet long, so getting served shouldn’t be a problem (you’d hope anyway). This place stands out from the outset, probably because it’s named after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar Read More

Gokul
Gokul

BarChick didn’t really know what to think when arriving through the door into a dingy Indian restaurant offering all sorts of undesirable food like fish and chips and Chinese and other “local specialties” but it seems the staff knew exactly Read More

Hakkasan Mumbai
Hakkasan Mumbai

We heart this place in a big way… it was top of our hit list and it delivered. If you know Hakkasan, then this is just like its brothers and sisters, it’s got the dark wood panelling and sexy blue Read More

Leopold Café
Leopold Café

Steeped in a history of sordid sex, drugs and arms trafficking since 1871, BarChick was disappointed (but not surprised) to find that none of the above still goes on. Gregory David Roberts’ book Shantaram has made this place all too Read More

Pali Village Cafe
Pali Village Cafe

It feels like you could be in a colonial train station, or a Parisian pre-war café. This place is charming, and with delicious Western food and sweet French music, it is the perfect place to come and unwind after a Read More

The Big Nasty
The Big Nasty

Make your way along the pretty passage past the cool octopus mural and take the lift up to a bar that feels like it’s tried very hard to be cool. SOMEHOW it kinda works – don’t ask how, it’s all Read More

The Ghetto
The Ghetto

This place is a box to tick by all. It’s a badly lit dive bar with luminous walls, UV lights and busy graffiti all over the walls (link somewhere to the facebook photos maybe?). Take ya Sharpie and get involved Read More

Tote on the Turf
Tote on the Turf

Come after sunset to this leafy Ibiza-style chill out garden, not dissimilar to KM5 in Ibiza. This place is pretty spectacular with loads of sofas, cool French music and pretty fairy lights hanging from every tree. It is Read More

Toto’s Garage
Toto’s Garage

Up there with BarChick’s favourite finds in Mumbai, it is small but perfectly formed, inside and out. There’s loud, fun rock music until 1am and more locals (professionals and boozehounds alike) than tourists – which is always a good sign, Read More

Woodside Inn
Woodside Inn

This place is pretty laid back and is thee way to escape from the crowds – just try not to get squashed on the massive roundabout outside (especially if leaving after a few). Inside, it feels a bit like you Read More