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clubs in Mumbai Sep 11, 2013
Tired of forking out hefty door charges only to find a club’s dance floor emptier than a government office on Holi? With Time Out’s guide to 2012’s most happening dance clubs, you’ll know exactly where to go to get footloose in the city.


Every weekend, “Sheila Ki Jawaani” and remixes of the Black Eyed Peas ring out from clubs across Mumbai. But dancers also need to consider which clubs are best for strutting in Jimmy Choos and which parties only get going in the wee hours. Check out our guidewithin- a-guide to the best commercial and Bollywood clubs.

Glamour pusses

Trilogy To even get to Trilogy’s dance floor in Juhu you must first walk its lipstick red staircase. Never before has a stairwell been such a glamorous fashion runway with the city’s best-dressed parading up and down it all night. The dance floor also gets pretty wild after 1am to commercial house and hip hop. Just remember, though, this is a classy joint. You won’t hear Bollywood tunes. But you will see the occasional touring Playboy modelcum- DJ behind the console. It’s open until 3am too.

China House China House in Santa Cruz might not be as pretty as Trilogy but the guys and girls who bop there usually are. What’s even better: the relaxed vibe. And once the clock hits 1am, the commercial house dance floor is as good as anywhere in town. It’s also open until 3am.

Tote on the Turf A recent challenger to Trilogy and China House for the title of the city’s best club to see-and-be-seen-at, Tote’s popularity has more to do with the amount of schmoozing going on there. But you’ll also find a keen dance floor at the Mahalaxmi bar most Wednesdays and weekends.

LIV Sparkly with a mirrored dance floor, Fort’s LIV is still enjoying honeymoon popularity with clubbers, who turn out in high fashion and eager dance steps.


The Big Nasty If hifalutin clubs aren’t your cup of tea, check out Mumbai’s most surprising dance hub, Bandra newbie The Big Nasty. It isn’t your typical club – the sound system is scratchy, no one is dressed to the nines and there isn’t a dance floor to speak of. But that doesn’t stop anyone from grooving on chairs or near the chain-rink dividers seven days a week. The fun is partly due to the play list and super-casual vibe. But The Big Nasty’s real secret is much simpler – cheap booze.

Late-night hero

High Lounge Leave your pretensions at the door. As the venue that’s (unofficially) open the latest on weekends, everyone arrives at the High Lounge, next to the domestic airport, post-midnight, drunk and dying to dance to Punjabi rap and “Chaar Baj Gaye”. Bonus points for the girls dancing on the bar.

Mature type

Hype With a slightly older crowd, Worli’s Hype takes a while to warm up. When it does, though, the smoke machine, Bollywood hits and manic MC don’t rest until the dance floor is moving. It’s deafening loud though.

Kino 108 Along with Trilogy, Andheri’s Kino 108 rules the suburbs. It’s not strictly a club, but everybody ends up dancing where they stand. It is also very clique-y, with everyone knowing everyone else.

Teen queens

Royalty Formerly known as Poison nightclub, Royalty in Bandra is back open and buzzing. Girls and guys turn out in haute couture and the big dance floor is packed. But we must issue a nappy alert – the crowd is young, very young.

Tryst Like a prom night after-party, Tryst in Phoenix Mills is the hotspot for giggling early twenties-and-under dancers who like their music a few beats faster. Avoid if you have a hip replacement.
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