A delicious meal paired with some live music, and out-of-the-box entertainment is what you need to spend some unforgettable moments. Mumbai- the City of Dreams or what people love to call it, the city that never sleeps, is truly a heaven for party enthusiasts. Looking for ways to enjoy and unwire your brain after a long and tiring day at work?
From karaoke bars to sports bars to pubs and stunning nightclubs, the city has it all! Mumbai offers some great nightlife experiences. Be it south Mumbai or the suburbs, the city has something for everyone. And most significantly, the live music set-up in Mumbai is literally taking the residents or the visitors by storm.
From luscious food to soothing music, the city offers an unmatched experience that engraves its impression on people’s minds. Over the recent years, live music has had a supernatural effect on everyone’s mind. So, if you’re someone who hasn’t experienced the charm of live music in recent times, head to the city’s top 10 places that ensures to offer the best ambiance for your next romantic candlelight dinner date.
Where can you enjoy live music in Mumbai?
- HARD ROCK CAFÉ
Located in a former mill, The Hard Rock Café has a mixed reputation amongst the city’s musicians but nevertheless, the café is highly popular amongst the pub-going crowd. Much like the Hard Rock Cafes located all around the world, the café offers the perfect ambiance for hard rock music lovers. The place holds at least one live performance every week and plays classic rock playlists all day long. Rock lovers can be sure to have a great time rocking to the café’s music all day.
Hard Rock Café is one of the first cafes in India to bring some of the popular bands like Parikrama, Jay Sean, and the Indian Ocean to the floor. They always plan an impressive schedule of gigs that would surely intrigue the rock fanatics.
Where: Wadia International Center Pandhurang Budhkar Marg, Kamgaar Nagar Number 1, Worli, Mumbai
Time: 12pm – 1 am
Must Haves: Margarita, Pomegranate Martini, Nachos
- Boston Butt
Mumbai hosts a number of jazz lounges and clubs, out of which the most talked about one, is the Boston Butt. If you are interested to hear the jazz of tomorrow, there’s no place better than this. The whole ambiance of the café is created by little things like tableware, a local touch menu, and quirky text on the wall, all of which make the whole place one of the best places for enjoying the nightlife in Mumbai. Boston Butt offers the perfect place for celebrating any kind of occasion. Be it birthdays, farewells, parties, or everything in between.
The blues and jazz music is sure to light up the mood of the fans. Also, not to mention the amazing food items that the café has to offer.
Time: Fridays, 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Must Haves: Maple Corn Bread, Macaroni and Cheese, Herb Potato Salad
Want to groove to Hindi and English music together? Feed your wanderlust soul with the best travel decors from around the world on the walls at Reise. Chew on some of the best delicacies while enjoying the live music. Be sure to e transported t some other dreamy landscape with soulful music.
The inviting atmosphere of the café along with the exceptional Seafood and European delicacies makes the cafe Reise a go-to dinner and also a live music destination in the city for all the Mumbaikars.
Where: Oriental Aster, 45, Tarun Bharat Society, Dr Karanjiya Road, Chakala, Near Cigarette Factory, Andheri East
Time: Every Wednesday, 7 pm onwards
Must Haves: Chicken Biryani, Gulab Jamun, Fish, Garlic Bread, Spring Roll, Tandoori Chicken
- 3 Wise Monkeys
Are you in the mood for some mouth-watering Oriental cuisine and exotic drinks? Head to 3 Wise Monkeys today! The place not just offers a piece of amazing live music set up but also enthralls the visitors with its overall ambiance. The café has long been the favorite of many for its lip-smacking food items and vibrant atmosphere.
Visiting with your group? There are also UNO cards available for you all to play together.
Where: The Unicontinental, Nr. Khar Railway Station, 3rd Road, Khar West, Mumbai
Time: 12 pm to 1 am
Must Haves: Seafood, Oriental, Fast Food
Heard much about Social? Visit AntiSocial for a different kind of experience. The underground-basement type of place explains the very meaning of the title of the café. Wondering if the ambiance of the place relates to its name? Don’t worry, it’s quite the opposite. AntiSocial is quite famous for hosting comedy gigs, sports screenings, and of course the amazing live music performances. Keep a track of their Facebook posts for all the upcoming events.
Also, the café offers some of the best deals when it comes to food and beer, in case you go with large groups.
Where: Basement, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, S.V. Road, Khar West, Khar
Time: Keep a check on event websites such as Insider and BookMyShow, and follow Social’s Facebook page
Must Haves: Burger, Pizza, Continental, Beverages
- NCPA- National Center for Performing Arts
Not much of an eatery place, but certainly a must-visit place for all the lovers of classical music. The place NCPA has hosted some of the biggest international artists like Yuri and Dimitry Sitkovetsky, and also some legendary Indian artists like Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravishankar, and others.
If you want to spend an evening filled with good music, from soulful to jazz, opera, and Hindustani, NCPA very well knows how to flaunt Mumbai’s musical history.
Where: NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Nariman Point
Time: Shows generally start at 6:30 PM. The ticket price starts from 150. Some events are free of cost.
Must Haves: Burger, North Indian, Pizza, Wraps
- The Finch
Want some of the best brews, beats, and bites? Head to The Finch straightaway! Being one of the most popular live music cafes in Mumbai, The Finch hosts both international and national artists. From classical, jazz, retro, to soulful, R&B, and others, the place has it all. Additionally, the café is much popular for their fines dine options and the bar that serves their own brewed beers. Sounds like the place to be right?
Not to forget the delicious food items served here which are made to perfection and will definitely make you come back to the place over and over again. Order anything from the café’s vast menu and enjoy it while sipping on some beer in the musical ambiance.
Where: Shah Industrial Estate, Opposite Huntsman Building, Saki Vihar Road, Powai
Time: Sundays: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Must Haves: Paneer Tikka, Pizza, American, Continental
- Bombay Adda
How hard is it to fall for a place that offers delectable food items, sheesha, and live music? It’s not, most probably. Bombay Adda is the latest rooftop café addition in Mumbai that offers a wide and varied food menu to order from. Not just food, but the wide and exotic range of cocktails is also strong. If you’re in a mood to party, then to the spot now!
Where: 8th Floor, Ramee Emerald Building, Opp. ICICI Bank, Linking Road, Santacruz West
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 AM
Must Haves: Hummus, Chole Kulcha, Sri Lankan Paneer
- The Stables- Peninsula Redpine
Heard about Dubai’s famous restaurant? They have opened an outlet in Mumbai, and it’s no less than a dream place. With the Victorian-era interiors, the place is truly a treat for the eyes. Offering a dedicated stage for hosting live music shows, palatable food options, and a bar stocked with fine drinks, the café is counted amongst one of the best spots for horse lovers.
Where: Peninsula Redpine, Near Airport Road Metro Station, Marol, Andheri East
When: 12:00 PM – 01:30 AM
Must Haves: Codfish, Grilled lamb chops
- Fountain Sizzlers
A SoBo restaurant with an old-school charm, Fountain Sizzlers offers some of the greatest continental sizzlers and sugary desserts in town. Aside from sizzlers, the place hosts live music including a singer and a guitarist every Sunday who play and sing English songs on repeat.
Where: 57 MG Road, Opposite HSBC, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Time: Sundays, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Must Haves: Sizzlers
Jennifer Stone has turned her love of music toward writing. She is the of the writers of Daily Music Roll and indulges in creating positive reviews, music blog and music press releases for various artists here.