Kick back with heady cocktails or attend gigs by trance artists, here’s a list of hottest must-attend parties and performances
The Big Bombay Pub Crawl
Brace yourself for an evening of cocktails as you bar hop through seven pubs: the names are kept secret. You can also pick from two routes. If you enjoy sticking to your whisky or vodka, go for the Drinking Stiff. If something more experimental floats your boat, sign up for the Tricks and Mix. We suspect it won’t matter by the end of the night.
When: April 1, 8pm (meet up point yet to be announced); Price: Rs 2,500; Register on: tinyurl.com/bombaypubcrawl
Mumbai Cocktail Week
After Delhi, the week-long celebration over cocktails comes to Mumbai. Meet mixologists from Shanghai, Singapore, and New York; attend master classes, enter competitions and party at venues like Havana Club, The White Owl and The Bar Terminal. What’s not to love?
When: April 2 to 9; Various venues; Price: Rs 599 onward on wowtables.com
If the only reason you haven’t given up on pants is because it’s socially unacceptable, you should rejoice. Hoppipola has kicked off a new property that encourages you to let go of your prim and proper dress code. Slip into your most comfortable pyjamas, night wear or even bath robe, and have a pillow fight with your friends.
When: April 15, 7.30pm; All Hoppipola outlets
Dash Berlin India tour
After a gig at Ultra Miami 2016, Dash Berlin (Jeffrey Sutorius) is gearing up to play In India once again. He will kick off a three-city tour with VH1 Supersonic in Mumbai, before going on to play in Pune and Bengaluru.
When: April 15, 5pm onward; Where: The Lalit Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E); Phone: 6699 2222; Tickets: Rs 1,145 onward on bookmyshow.com
Conferences meet clubbing
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) brings its Global Sessions to India for the first time. Expect interactive sessions with DJs, conferences, networking sessions, master classes and performances by top DJs. Headliners for the night program include bass monster Nucleya and Arjun Vagale.
When: April 7 to 10; Various venues; Tickets: Rs 5,500 onward on amsterdam-dance-event.nl
Settle down on the terrace and unwind with folk melodies as the sun sets. Singer-actor Pranita Pandurangi will perform as famous personalities — from Gauhar Jaan (famed singer and dancer ) to Heer (from Heer Ranjha).
When: April 3, 7pm; Where: The Hive, opp Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village road, Khar; Call: 096199 62969; Tickets: Rs 300 at the door
East meets west
If you find the usual EDM fare boring, head to the Ballard Estate Festival. Instead of a guy behind a DJ console, you will see German musician Prem Joshua on a sitar, flute and soprano saxophone. Check out their track Shiva Moon, it’s a crowd favourite.
When: April 23, 8pm; Where: Ballard Estate, Fort; Tickets: Rs 150 on insider.in
Sway to psychedelic tunes by Goa Gil, without actually going to the sunny state. One of the earliest trance artists in Goa, American-born Gil started off by jamming on the beach in the ’70s.
When: April 10, 5pm; Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel; Call: 098710 22339
Sip on your drink and watch the sun set. The new Sundowner Collection menu includes craft cocktails, champagne and wine by the glass, apart from premium whiskies.
When: 5.30pm to 7.30pm; Where: AER - Bar & Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel, Dr E Moses Road, Worli; Call: 24818000
Sports meet sundowners at Wink’s Sporty Sundays. Sit back, enjoy your drink and watch a game on the big screen. Sure beats being at a noisy sports bar.
When: Every Sunday, 6pm; Where: Wink, Vivanta by Taj - President, 90, Cuffe Parade; Call: 6665 0808
Whoever said sundowners were just about the alcohol. Feast your way through a menu featuring canapés, sushi and thin-crust pizzas.
When: Every Saturday, 5pm; Where: Novotel Imagica Khopoli, Sangdewadi, off Mumbai Pune Express Way, Khopoli; Call: 70309 51549
The Sunday Club with Chandon
If live music and free-flowing bubbly is your idea of a perfect evening, you’re in luck. The classy rooftop bar’s sundowner event will be on all summer. The big draw: live jazz music.
When: Every Sunday, 5pm to 8pm; Where: Asilo, 40th floor, St Regis, Lower Parel; Call: 6162 8031