Bombay Booze and the Bard

“Make it large,” – You’d often hear those words ringing in the ethos of the city of dreams. Its usage, however, is not limited to boardrooms, workspaces or mindsets of the people here, but also in watering holes scattered across every corner of this city. From fishermen devouring their pavva in local taverns mid-afternoon to millennials guzzling shots in upscale bars at night – Mumbai and Mumbaikars love their drinks and have loved it, since time immemorial.

Just like all tours curated by No Footprints, this is different!

Unlike a usual pub crawl offered by travel providers, this tour isn’t a guide to the parties in town. Instead, we focus on iconic bars that have significantly contributed to the alcohol history and the drinking culture in the city. You’ll learn about how once Goan ‘aunties’ ran what were Mumbai’s speakeasies during prohibition or about the rum that has for decades been India’s favorite across age groups. There are also engaging cocktail-making workshops and games!

Our tour starts with a visit to Mumbai’s oldest and most iconic bar, where guests sip on iconic cocktails that have been on the menu since the 1930’s. Further up, we move to permit rooms that have reached cult status among locals, where conversation move to the prohibition eras. From there, we upscale this experience by doing a cocktail making workshop at an urban gastropub. What’s more, you also get to sample some of Mumbai’s beloved ‘chakna’.

Our penultimate stop is Leopold cafe, the bar that was hit during the 2008 terrorist attack of Mumbai. Made famous by Shantaram, we learn the history of this iconic bar that’s been on Mumbai shores since 1871 – all this while playing some fun drinking games. Our last stop is a visit to a quintessential Maharashtra dance bar. Learn about these haunts which are struggling to survive today but once were money-spinners and have although inspired many Bollywood films but their own story is the tale to tell! So if you’re the kind who’d love to indulge in some cultural appreciation of Mumbai’s drinks and bars while you have endless fun, this tour is highly recommended.

Meeting point: Outside Regal Cinema at 1815 hrs

Things to note:

  1. Chits will be handed to the guests at the beginning of the tour. Each chit can be redeemed for one pre-decided drink/meal at each restaurant. Any additional order must be paid for by the guests themselves
  2. We expect proper decorum to be maintained throughout the tour. Any misbehavior will have the guest barred from continuing the tour.
  3. Dance performances at dance bars are organized at the discretion of the bar management.

Inclusions

  • Five drinks – one at each restaurant
  • One appetiser at one of the bars
  • Entry fees
  • Private Explorer
  • Interactions
  • Expert fees

Instructions

  • Timings: 1815 hrs – 2130 hrs
  • Tour Days – Tuesday to Sunday
  • Best time to visit: All year round
  • Physical Activity: Moderate
  • Special Note: Comfortable walking shoes are a must

 

Tour Video

Points to be noted

  • The taxes are currently at 5%
  • The taxes might be subject to change
  • For high-end luxury cars, please contact our office.
  • All the places we go to are safe to eat are tried and tested for their safety standard, however No Footprints is not responsible for any food related health issues on the tour
  • Please give us an update for any allergies in advance, if at all
  • If you want us to arrange for transport – please call us for costs
  • For high – end luxury cars, please contact our office
  • We do not conduct this tour on the day of the Mumbai Marathon.
  • The sequence of the tour is at the discretion of No Footprints and its guide on-ground.
  • The tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints, The partners will be informed in advance of the same.
  • If you are staying at the ship at the Mumbai International Cruise Terminal and need a pick-up from outside the ship, there we be additional cost of Rs 1000/- per person. This amount is to be paid in cash to the guide or the driver at the start of the tour.
  • For any tours in Bandra & beyond, away from South Mumbai, will be charged a toll of Rs 120. This amount is to be paid in cash to the guide or the driver at the start of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • We work on a 100% advance payment before the tour
  • This tour is subject to 100% cancellation fee if cancelled in 24 hours or less before the tour schedule
  • This tour is subjected to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between 72 hours – 25 hours before the tour scheduled
  • Rescheduling a tour 24 hours or less before a tour will be subjected to a 50% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints
  • Rescheduling a tour between 72 hours – 25 hours will be subject to a 25% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints

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