Nightlife in Mumbai is much more than just clubbing and bar-hopping. This is a city that never sleeps and night owls can find many things to do at night.
One can set out to explore the city with midnight cycling tours, walking tours, and even street food tours that are a combination of foodie tours and walking tours. Alternatively, find the perfect spots to enjoy the scenic vistas of coastal Mumbai – or better still, head out into the sea with a perfectly orchestrated Night Cruise.
There are so many nightclubs and bars too that offer plenty of entertainment and all the booze to celebrate your nights out. There is so much to see and do in terms of nightlife in Mumbai that you will find yourself running out of nights to do it all.
Here is a short list of the top unique things to do for nightlife in Mumbai.
Hang out at Marine Drive
One of the most popular nightlife zones amongst people of all walks of life, the Marine Drive in Mumbai offers peace and solitude, with a unique background symphony of the buzzing traffic and the drumming sound of the waves.
The scenery is uniquely Mumbaian with the sea on one side and the Queen’s Necklace on the other. So is the gentry – there is no entry fee for this fine experience, which makes it one of the most visited spots for nightlife in Mumbai. Yet, you will never find it to be too crowded for comfort. Being Mumbai, safety is not much of an issue either.
As you sit enjoying the breeze and the company of your loved ones, you will find yourself tempted by the servings of hot tea and coffee from the local vendors, snacks and more.
Midnight Cycling Tour
This one is definitely for night owls. Explore the city of Mumbai at a time without when the heat is at its lowest and traffic is bare minimum – at midnight. Hop on to a bicycle and set out on a long cycling tour to visit the most important sights of Mumbai.
Midnight Cycling Tours, as these experiences are known as, are the latest trending experiences for nightlife in Mumbai and are perfect for adventurous night revellers, who love being out in night. They are organized by tour operators specializing in off-the-beaten-track experiences and often include bicycles and all cycling gear as well.
Choose your tour carefully – most of these tours cover a distance of over 20 km and require you to be physically fit and have experience of cycling long distances. Routes vary but most of the Midnight Cycle Tours follow the coast, begin from Colaba and include Marine Drive and Haji Ali.
Most Midnight Cycling Tours in Mumbai begin by 11 pm or midnight and continue on till early morning around 4 AM, making them to be truly part of nightlife in Mumbai.
Mumbai Night Tours
Those not physically able or in the mood to cycle through the night, but wishing to enjoy the exhilaration of a night tour, can opt for the Mumbai Night Tours. These tours are specially organized to give you the best experience of the most fascinating landmarks of Mumbai, which are exquisitely illuminated at night.
Though marketed as Night Tours, none of these night tours are actually conducted at night; they begin in the late evening and end by 9 or 10, which means guests are free to experience actual nightlife in Mumbai as well on the same night.
Tours include long drives past famous illuminated landmarks such as the Sea-link and photo stops at Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive and Gateway of India. Many tours offer add-ons such as dinner, street food tour, and / or a visit to a night club.
Disclaimer: This Travel Guide to Nightlife in Mumbai excludes usual hotspots such as bars, lounges and nightclubs.