New Year inventory: Head to Mumbai's trippiest Dec 31 parties
From Bollywood nights to the best of Electronic Dance Music pits, where will you be on New Year's Eve?
Start the party with an act by ASZTRACK and some fun EDM music by One & One. To match up to a musical start, the food will include appetisers, an elaborate dinner buffet and unlimited drinks and mocktails. Also indulge in the restaurant’s signature desserts like the tiramisu and the Italian Cheesecake.
At 9, St John Baptist Road, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W).
The desi do
Catch Hindi Rock band, Kartavya from Dehradun, experiment with different genres of music, ranging from Sufi, Classical to Bollywood. There will also be unplugged Bollywood music performances. Also enjoy signature Indian cocktails like the The Mirchi Lychee (a tangy sweet lychee with a hint of chilli), The Starfool Narangi Mojito (a burnt star anise with muddled fresh malta oranges) and The Chocolate Dalchini (a cinnamon flavoured chocolate drink with caramel).
At Cafe Haqq Se, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Get your cowboy hats out and be part of a Rodeo Night. On offer are tasty cocktails, foot tapping music and a mechanical bull.
Time 7 pm to 5 am
At Old Wild West, first floor, Trade View, Oasis Block, Kamala Mills Compound, PB Marg, Lower Parel.
Italian Cheesecake at Bungalow 9
No cover charge!
Opt for a simple yet delicious New Year’s eve with dinner and drinks. You can choose a table in the open-air garden, the terrace area for a beautiful winter dinner or even try the Burgundy Lounge and the Yellow Room. There will be a DJ to add some music and you can reserve a table or just walk in and hit the bar.
At Indigo, 4 Mandlik Road, Colaba.
Head to New York
Can’t be in New York? Head to the New York New York New Year’s Eve Gala, which will give you The Big Apple feel, complete with the ball drop, unlimited alcohol and a butler service too.
Time 10 pm onwards
At Tilt All Day, Trade View, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Cover Rs 3,000 onwards
Eat, drink, dance, repeat
On a budget? Groove at a party that offers a pocket-friendly option. They also have VIP tables for groups. On offer will be a variety of cocktails and a special menu for the evening. Get grooving!
At Boveda, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, near Infinity Mall, Andheri (W).
Cover R1,500 onwards
By the sea
Juhu has a new eatery called Jeon at hotel Sea Princess. The party here promises a lavish buffet including Balti Spiced Chicken, Bekti and Crab Cakes, Macadamia Crusted Lamb Rack, Mushroom Ravioli, pizzas and an elaborate Indian menu. With an uninterrupted view of the waters, this might be a relaxed way to welcome 2016.
At Sea Princess Hotel, ground floor, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu.
Cover Rs 8,000 (couple) and Rs 5,000 (stag)
Special alcohol deals
A specially priced alcohol menu with the best of domestic and international liquor and offers post 11 pm sounds like fun. Drink, dine and dance to Electro Swing and Deep House beats. Don’t miss the traditional festive dishes like Half Roast Chicken with gravy, Poached Figs and Caramel Crème Fraiche and Lamb Stew.
At Eddies, 6, ground floor, Silver Croft Building, 16th Road, opposite Mini Punjab, Bandra (W).
Be a mad hatter
If you own a fancy hat but don’t know where to wear it, here’s your chance. The Irish House is organising a Hat Party with an open bar, unlimited appetisers, a mid-night champagne toast and late-night snacks. Don’t forget to ask them for the party kit, which has some fun hats. Wouldn’t that make for the perfect new year selfie?
At All The Irish House outlets (Kala Ghoda, Lower Parel, Bandra, Andheri, Malad, Kurla).
Cover Rs 3,500 onwards
Simple and sweet
If you are not a party person and prefer a quiet dinner with the family, opt to dine at a multi-cuisine all-day restaurant. The buffet will offer house specials curated for the festive season. The dinner features a complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink.
At Saptami, Holiday Inn, International Airport, Sakinaka Junction, Andheri (E).
Cost Rs 2,499 plus taxes
For bachcha party
It's the perfect weather to be outdoors. Shake a leg with singer Shefali Saxena and dance to the best of Bollywood and international party anthems that DJ Vicky will spin at this roof top restaurant. The good news for parents is that they have a room made for kids, decorated with their favourite cartoon characters, and a kids menu, too.
At Mostly Grills, The Orchid, 70/C Nehru Road, near Domestic Airport, Vile Parle (E).
Cover Rs 11,999 (per couple) onwards
Bucket list party
If you choose to party here, be prepared to act on a list of crazy things to do. From taking a selfie with your favourite bartender, dancing with the DJ to downing four shots back to back — the list is endless and you can keep ticking them off through the night. The party will also feature Mark IV with his set of Hip-Hop, Commercial House and Bollywood tunes.
At Tonic, Famous Studio Lane, Mahalaxmi.
Cover R3,500 onwards
6 parties in one
You can choose from Ghazal performances, Retro music, EDM mania, Bollywood dance music and even a Kid Zone with animated movies — all under one roof.
At Aura Grande Hotel, Central Road, MIDC, next to Akruti Center, Andheri (E).
Cover Rs 2,500 onwards
For restless feet
DJ Chetas will be playing at Sapphire, the largest pillar-less ball room in the city. Also on offer are various food packages spanning different cuisines at their restaurants.
At Sahara Star, near Domestic Airport, Vile Parle (E).
Cover R5,999 (stag) onwards
Call 8989898922 (for DJ Chetas performance), 39807444 for other reservations
It's Mardi Gras
Ring in the new year with a Mardi Gras-themed party. Get into carnival mood as you try eight unlimited starters (four vegetarian and four non-vegetarian), unlimited IMFL and classic cocktails. DJ Vee will be there to get you groovy.
Time 7 pm to 5 am
At Radio Bar, ground floor, Hotel New Castle, Linking Road, Bandra (W).
Cover Rs 4,000 (stags), Rs 6,500 (couples)
Sexy rooftop affair
Dance the night away, under the stars at an extravagant Burlesque-themed party. You can groove all night to pulsating live performances from Ibiza, with Mumbai’s stunning skyline backdrop at the highest rooftop party in the city.
At Asilo, 40th floor, The St. Regis, Lower Parel.
Cover Rs 15,000 (couple) and Rs 8,500 (stag)
Tuck into a special menu which includes Roast Chicken Supreme stuffed with pepperoni sausage, buffalo mozzarella on saffron burnt garlic couscous and tomato basil coulis, Turkey Breast Roast with festive stuffing and Grilled Red Leaves Stuffed Ravioli with tomato chive cheese sauce.
Time 7 pm to 5 am
At Silver Beach Café, 16 Murzban Road, Fort, and Jaldarshan Building, near Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, Gandhi Gram Road, Juhu.
Go restaurant hopping
Reserve your table and you can eat a meal at any one of The Leela Mumbai’s restaurants. Citrus will offer a buffet with a range of Indian and international cuisine and a DJ to set the mood. For a five course Indian-themed dinner with a Ghazal performance, try Jamavar. If you prefer Chinese, head to The Great Wall. You can also party at 6 Degress, their poolside
At The Leela Mumbai, Sahar.
Cover Rs 4,999 onwards (plus taxes)
Burn the dance floor all night long at a party featuring DJ Denzyl and DJ Gary.
At blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Cover Rs 4,000 onwards