This is a cocktail city, it shakes, but it’s never stirred. We toast successes, drown sorrows, and mix it best at the bar. Mumbai is well and truly open, all night long. Talking of Cocktails, currently you must be braving the blistering heat and how do you do that? Well, Mumbai’s pubs and bars soothe you down with their refreshing menu of Summer Cocktails. Whether it is mango, pineapple, mint or Kokum, shaken and stirred with your favorite poison makes for that ultimate Summer Beauty.
Head to these bars to sip on stunning summer cocktails:-
The Looney The Lover & The Poet
With a whimsical, almost hippie-like tonality, The Looney The Lover & The Poet displays handmade art, dream catchers and crafty setting only to cheer up your weekday blues. Talking about weekday blues, what can lighten you more than a refreshing glass of Summer Cocktails. Without batting an eyelid order for Sunset in Summer, smooth cocktail of smoked whiskey, fresh beer, rosemary, jalepeno and ginger syrup. This knockout hit goes light as feather. For virtuous drinking, sample The Sum of Us which mixes Prosecco, Campri, Vermouth and Raspberry Sorbet. Pair your Cocktails with succulent Chimichurri lobster served with handmade spätzle in sambuca butter. The seductive space with smiling staff offering wave between drinking and mixing is just something you cannot miss this summer.
Where: 21st street, Shubhgan Hotel, Off Carter Road, Sand Pada, Khar (W), Mumbai
Cost for two: INR 1700
The Bombay Canteen
Expect mood lighting and retro Hindi film tunes that hum sweetly in a nostalgic, old Bombay-style fit-out. Introduce a talented mixologist of French origin with a penchant for creative striking Summer cocktails made with home-made syrups and freshly cut fruit. Shake it all up with a discerning crown and you get The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai’s hippest new hangout. Sample the Tamarind Whiskey Shake, signature rare Tamarind mixed with Whiskey, Orange and Lemon Juice is a seductive cooler without a doubt. Summer is possibly the other name of Mangoes!!! Try the Aam Pora Margarita, a mix of Sauza Tequila, Smirnoff Vodka, Charred Raw Mango Puree and Lime and it might just be your new-found addiction!!!
Where: Unit-1, Process House, S.B. Road, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Call: 022 4966 6666
Cost for two: INR 2000
With a smarty modish setting, Hoppipola is a devilishly cool location!!! And it gets cooler with the best cocktails found in the booze scene. The Summer Cocktail, Black Swan, Spiced Rum mixed with Raspberry Puree and Cranberry Juice possibly gets to work on your nerves making you feel smooth as hell. The Summer Cocktail, Pom & Pop, White Rum mixed with Pomegranate and Tonic topped with Pineapple chunks have always attracted a keen crowd of booze enthusiasts. Whether it is Pomegranate or Pineapple, these summary fruits get to impress your finest senses.
Where: 759, 5th Lane, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West, Mumbai
Call: 76250 73615
Cost for two: INR 1500
145 Café & Bar
145 Café & Bar have always been the favorite watering hole for that locale. The doors open to a spacious tiled flooring, terracotta tiles, and a big pool table. You can’t miss the square-shaped bar with a curious and heady menu of Summer Cocktails. Some sensible classics stay put on the list, but adventurous seasonal drinks are worth perusing too. Start with the classic summer punch, Watermelon Thirst, fresh watermelon and basil shaken with lime juice, house ginger juice and vodka. The Cucumber and Basil Martini is an exotic cooler, Vodka mixed with fresh cucumber juice, slapped with basil leaves and lime juice makes for that perfect green booze for the scorching summers. And the king of fruits which makes its grand appearance in the Summers cannot be left from the menu of Summer Cocktails. Relish their Mango Mule with twist on the classic Moscow Mule with chunks of Mango.
Where: Temple Bar Building, 145, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
Call: 022 4039 6632
Cost for two: INR 1500
There are possibly very few bars and pubs in the country with such cheerful ambiance. Looming windows, bright-colored sitting, quirky knic-knacs coupled with the space almost always buzzing with laughter and mirth makes a Monkey Bar an instant hit. The Summer Cocktail Menu is a standout for sure. The ‘MoBar Specials’ have been specially curated considering the current scorching season. Mangaa, starring Absolute Vodka, the seasonal aam panna, cumin and salt is the star for obvious reasons. Another stunning cooler is Copper Monkey, 100 Pipers mixed with cooling mint, passion fruit and orange juice. Even the Hipster Smash combining Vodka, Cucumber, Watermelon and Mint is the ultimate Summer Cocktail.
Where: Summerville, Junction of 14th & 33rd Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Call: 022 2600 5215
Cost for two: INR 1800
Am sure we will be not contested much if we say Social will always remain Mumbai’s Hot star and that too for deserving reasons. That sleek wooden setting with a dash of color accompanied by dim mood lighting coupled with a familiar menu and the effervescent crowd can never go wrong!!! Talking about Summer Cocktails, you get to give a shot to the Social Signatures and even the Twisted Classics. Sooth yourself with the Acharoska which is nothing but Caprioska in a pickle combined with fresh Mint, Lime Wedge rendering it sweet and sour mix. However, as far as Summer Cocktails are concerned, The Famous Social Margarita steals the show. The usual Margarita flavored by an ice lolly of your choice from Strawberry or Orange has possibly won million hearts. Even the longest Long Island Iced Tea is a seasonal hit for sure.
Where: Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West, Mumbai
Call: 75063 94243
Cost for two: INR1400
The Sassy Spoon
The Sassy Spoon with its very vintage English décor has always been Mumbai’s darling. The elaborate menu has a special place for Summer Cocktails too. The Passion and Mango Martini at Sassy Spoon is sure to bowl you over. Shaken and stirred with vanilla flavoured vodka, triple sec, mango, passion fruit, honey and chia, this martini is not one to be shared. With the sweetness of honey, sour passion fruit and a whole lot of healthy chia, a chilled glass of this exotic Summer Cocktail calls for good times and nothing else. The Sassy Margarita is full of summer sass!!!! The soothing combination of muddled apple, mint shaken with Kokum, Don Angel Tequila, Triple Orange Liquor and fresh Citrus Mix is an absolute must-have for the Summer.
Where: Ground Floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Call: 99200 03500
Cost for two: INR 1800