Where to marry cricket and cocktails in Mumbai
Not all of us get to watch a cricket match live. But we can get some pizza and a bucket of unlimited beer before we settle in front of a big screen. Here’s where to do just that
All Chili’s American Grill & Bar
Nothing is more annoying than having to crane your neck to see if the ball hit the boundary or not. Here, you won’t have to. The chain’s Malad, Powai and Vashi outlets have a 120-inch screen and the icing on the cake is that it comes with shareable portions of finger foods that range from paneer bites and Texas cheese poppers to boneless buffalo wings. During happy hours there’s also a buy-1-get-1-free offer on margaritas, cocktails, domestic beers and select liquors.
Where: Powai, Vashi and Malad
The crowd: Office-goers
Finally, an offer on wine
If like most Indians, you have switched your beer loyalties, this is a good offer. For Rs 799 you get a Bira Growler. Hungry? Try the beet and feta cheese cigar rolls or the Dynamite Prawns along with many other scrumptious choices. But, there’s also a ‘Hey there’ for wine lovers. There’s a 1+1 offer on wine and sangrias from Myra. Not enough? Extended ‘Happi’ hours mean that if you buy four drinks, there will be four more free sitting on your table.
Where: Pinnacle Corporate Park, Bandra Kurla Complex
The crowd: Buddies who get together
MONKEY BAR, BANDRA WEST
If you are wearing a jersey of your favourite team playing on that particular day, you will get free cocktails. Free shots will be offered to those wearing the winning team jersey. Try the Pineapple Express, a West Indian drink, and the Broad Bean Caribbean, made up of fresh pineapple, mango and sweet peppers, for a bite.
Where: Monkey Bar, Linking Road
The crowd: Bandra’s chic and cool lot
The Irish House, lower parel
A DIY platter
Tired of the same menu? Here you can fill up a DIY sheet and make your own appetizer platter, which will keep you well fed as the wickets fall. And who can pass up the beer bucket offer of four pints at just R399? For matches where India is playing, there will be a liquid brunch at Rs 999.
Where: The Irish House, Phoenix Mills, Bandra and Fort
The crowd: After-office, happy-hour hunting gangs
True Tramm Trunk, JUHU
Well, really what else do you want when a match is on? Their offer on a certain brand of domestic beer is pretty decent and for Rs 699, you can even get three True Tramm Trunk signatures drinks — Tharra, Laila and Santra. Spoiler alert: The offer is only valid during match hours.
Where: Next to Options Showroom, First Floor, VL Mehta Road, JVPD Scheme
The crowd: The classy lot
Escobar, Bandra West
Pizza meets beer
Yup, you heard it right. While you cheer for your favourite team, the folks at Escobar - Tapas Bar, will ensure your glass never runs dry. The bar will be serving one of their signature pizzas paired with unlimited beer for R999 for the duration of the match.
Where: Escobar, VN Sphere Mall, 199, Linking Road, Bandra (W)
The crowd: Young professionals and couples
RoadHouse Blues, Andheri West
Domestic beer deal
If all you want is to be able to walk into a bar and watch the match, this is your home base. There’s an offer going on domestic beer buckets — a bucket of five pints with a portion of nachos will come for R750. The crowd at the 150-seater is usually chilled out and we have been told it’s a great place to catch games. The projector screen and second TV ensure you get video access from any table you’re at. There’s no audio, however.
Where: Tokyo House, next to Andheri Sports Complex, Andheri (W)
The crowd: Twenty- and thirty-somethings
Tipplers Lounge, Vashi
Beer (what else?)
Okay, we give up. It seems beer is the drink of the season. And, at this place there’s even more reason to drink up. The deals are named after your favourite hits. The NOT OUT will get you unlimited draught beer for R999 (From the first ball to the last), the Chauka lets you buy four beers (Rs 444) and Sixer includes 6 beers (Rs 666). The Free Hit brings a complimentary drink on every Free Hit occasion. There’s food too, but who cares right?
Where: Tipplers Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton, Sector 30A, Vashi
The crowd: Couples and friends
Hotel Sahara Star, vile parle
Head to the hotel’s global cuisine restaurant, The Earth Plate, which will transform into a battleground with flags of competing teams adorning the walls. Make use of two available packages, one for the 3 pm match, and another for 8 pm ones. The noon sessions come with Buds and starters for Rs 1,800; the night ones cost Rs 3,000 for a dinner buffet and beer.
Where: Hotel Sahara Star, opposite Domestic Airport, Vile Parle (E)
The crowd: Families and office-goers