10 Best Live Music Venues In Mumbai

Posted at September 6th, 2016 | by Tithi Mukherjee | in Grapevine

There is never a dull day in the city of dreams. Mumbai is always up with party scenes and live music. Sip a cocktail and sway to your favourite tunes or don ethnic wear and do the whole classical music evening, Mumbai will spoil you for choices. Care to look at options? Here you go:

Blue Frog

blue frogThis place has revolutionized the live music scene in Mumbai. Tuesdays through Thursdays are typically reserved for rock, jazz and world music, while Fridays and Saturdays are electronica nights. The Frog also has a role in promoting India’s non-Bollywood music scene, hosting a metal night one Sunday every month and an hour-long slot to aspiring singer-songwriters on weeknights.

Location: Lower Parel

Hard Rock Cafe

hrcMore popularly known as HRC, it is known for its awesome crowd and gigs, which are organised every Wednesday and Thursday. Come here to listen to the most happening bands (national and international) and vibrant crowd.

Location: Opposite Yash Raj Studios

Mehboob Studios

mehboob studiosThe iconic Mehboob Studios, founded in 1954 by prominent Hindi film producer and director Mehboob Khan is rented out for purposes other than movie making. Head over for an evening of amazing live music from upcoming singer-songwriters.

Location: Bandra

Asiatic Society Library Steps

asiatic societyThe library of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai hosts free concerts organised as part of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and the Mumbai Sanskruti festival of Hindustani classical music.

Location: Town Hall

National Centre for the Performing Arts

national centreMumbai’s premier cultural venue, this place boasts of both an eclectic programme of events and a wide range of performance spaces– from the 285-capacity black-box Experimental Theatre to the regal Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.

Location: Nariman Point


bonoboThis Bandra bar and restaurant has become the den of choice for the city’s art set. Fridays and Saturdays are the gig nights here, and past performers have included genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist Shri and British beatboxer Testament.

Location: Bandra

Not Just Jazz By The Bay

jazzThe location of this pub is itself so idyllic, overlooking a deep blue Arabian Sea,that you will automatically fall in love with it even before you enter this place. Just as the name suggests, you can listen to Country and Rock music along with Jazz. You have live performances on Saturday, on other nights of the week are Karaoke nights.

Location: Churchgate

Cool Chef Cafe

Cool-Chef-Cafe-pub-copyCool Chef Café is fast becoming an incubator for the up-and-comers of Mumbai’s alternative culture scene. In any given month, you’re likely to find dubstep DJs, street dance crews and still-wet-behind-the-ears punk bands on the bill.

Location: Worli Village


AurusLocated in Juhu, restaurant and lounge Aurus is frequently used by Bollywood royalty to host birthday bashes and “success” parties. But Aurus is equally renowned for its legendary Sunday sundowner sessions, which start around 5pm and end after midnight. You have eight-hour-long techno/trance/house soundtrack provided by DJs and electronica acts from across the country and around the world.

Location: Juhu

Shanmukhananda Auditorium

338542-shri-shanmukhananda-chandrashekhar-saraswati-auditoriumMumbai’s largest auditorium is also a perennially popular venue for the city’s biggest gigs. Shanmukhananda also hosts the annual tribute concert that tabla maestro Zakir Hussain organises every year in memory of his father, Allah Rakha Khan, on 3 February.

Location: Sion East

Tithi Mukherjee


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