You snooze, you lose. Rule the night, Mumbai-style. We let you in on the places that don?t stop, not even for a power nap.
No matter where you make merry in South Mumbai, Bade Miya is always the after party to the after party. In a seedy lane behind the Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel, this kebab king and his crew hand out the yummiest kathi rolls and Mughlai dishes until the wee hours of the morning. While posh partygoers prefer to pass through for a Seekh kebab roll, the more adventurous use their car hoods as tables, and bare hands to polish off a plate of chicken tikka and naan. If you visit during the 2 a.m. rush hour - bars and clubs in the city (officially) shut at 1.30 a.m. ? prepare to wait at least 30 minutes for your late night feast.
Bade Miya roadside stalls, Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, call +91 022 22851649. Opens at 7 p.m., Rs 150 ($3 USD) for a chicken tikka roll.
Leena Mogre Gym
This is where (most) Indian television stars go after their graveyard shoots wrap. The only 24-hour gym in the city, Leena Mogre?s treadmills also move to the speed of Mumbai?s corporate slaves, call center executives and sexy insomniacs. Nightcaps include chocolate whey protein blends.
Leena Mogre, 482, 3rd floor, Link Corner Mall, Linking Road, Bandra (W), call +91 022 26481796.
24/7 Coffee Shops
Mumbai?s five-star hotel coffee shops are open 24/7, and they?re usually packed on weekends with Mumbai?s party overflow. Here, you can snack on sandwiches that cost $25 USD (as if you hadn?t already spent enough on those swish cocktails). Get a yummy Fiamma pizza at The President Hotel?s Trattoria , and split it five ways. If you?re in the suburbs, drop by Vista at Taj Lands End for uncomfortably expensive comfort food (get the dal makhani) and an almost definite Bollywood czar sighting: Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan live in the neighborhood.
Trattoria, Taj President Hotel, 90, Cuffe Parade, call +91 022 66650808; Taj Lands End, Bandstand, Bandra (W), call +91 022 66681234
In a bylane of Mumbai?s glitzy Juhu suburb, behind a rundown bakery, you?ll find some of the best Indian rock bands (and groupies) practicing for their next gig. You and your friends can stop to listen ? or pay Rs 200 an hour and take the next jam room shift to play your own tunes. 3rd Step is a 24-hour music quarters that, in addition to a jam room, also houses an instrument store and a record company ? all squeezed into 350 square feet of space.
3rd Step, lane opposite Sea Princess Hotel, Kishore Kumar Ganguly Road, behind Rajput Bakery, Juhu