Walk and learn about South Mumbai's social and cultural history from two of the city's architects -- Abha Bahl and Brinda Gaitonde.
There are all manner of places in Mumbai that are great for exploring with a bunch of friends. But what if you're on your own but still want to get out and about? Here are some events, venues, activities and organisations that are great for going along to on your own, proving that in Mumbai you never have to be lonely.
1. The Great Bombay Bar CrawlBar crawlers love Valhalla not only for the drinks, but tapas and chic atmosphere.
Organized by Best of Bombay, this crawl will take you around five to six bars in a vicinity in one night. You get a welcome drink at each bar, and get to meet people and watch them get more and more wild as the evening progresses. Just don't laugh too hard as you'll be doing the same thing.
2. Karaoke Night
"Sing, sing a song. Make it simple, to last the whole night long!" Grab the Goan spirit, a drink and a partner in rhyme and sing along to the happy tunes of Soul Fry's karaoke machine. A great place to mingle with other wannabe pop stars.
How much: Just your food and drink costs.
Contact: +91 (0) 22 2604 6892
Where: Soul Fry CASA, Silver Croft, Pali Hill, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400050
When: Saturdays: 7-10pm
3. NESP -- Network Of Single Professionals
NESP is a social networking/fundraising group that was created to help raise awareness for non-profit organizations and charities around the world. You can meet like-minded people, and also support a cause of your choice.
How much: Rs 150, which goes to charity.
Where: New location every time, so get in the loop.
When: Once a month. Check the NESP Facebook page for updates.
4. Poetry and Rap with Bombay Elektrik Project (2 projects)
Monday Shorts: A fortnightly screening of locally made short films at the Mumbai Times Café in Bandra, where audiences and the filmmakers interact to create an elektrik (sic) vibe. The aim of Monday Shorts is to create a networking hub where writers, directors, cinematographers as well as financiers meet to discuss ideas and the art and entertainment industries.
Slam Poets: An opportunity to watch talented local poets as they go nose-to-nose in front of a live, whooping and cheering audience. A noisy, heartfelt, rowdy, and sometimes political poetry session that always gets the crowd going. All the poems must be original. Prepare for some profanity, and there's also no bar. Perhaps the two are connected.
How much: Both free.
Contact: +91 (0) 98209 19199 or +91 (0) 22 2640 4115
Where: Café Goa, Agnelo Building, Khadeshwari Mandir Marg, Off St John Baptist Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai.
When: Check Bombay Elektrik Project's Facebook page for updates.
5. Geek Get-together
Chai and Why? at the TIFR and Prithvi Theatre is a monthly get-together of informal discussions about the hot scientific topics of the day. The main aim of the event is to engage those people interested in science but rarely get the opportunity to discuss their views or ask questions of someone in the know. Chai and Why? is informal and accessible -- much more so than a public lecture. With a casual meeting place, plain language, and participation encouraged, it makes for a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background.
How much: Free
Contact: Lalit at +91 (0) 22 2614 9546
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Mumbai.
When: First Sunday of every month at 11:00am
6. Bird Watching
On the Eastern coast of Mumbai (Sewri and Dockyard Road and Mahul creek near Chembur) you will find the flamingoes who make their seasonal pilgrimage to the area. So settle into a Sunday of bird-watching with some snacks and a flask of tea and share the sight of these unique birds with other nature lovers and photographers.
How much: Free
Contact: Rajaram Mahulkar +91 (0) 98678 39221; Pundalik Koli +91 (0) 98671 58517
Where: Sewri or Chembur
7. Documentaries and more: Vikalp"Le Château de L'araignée" is French for Akira Kurosawa's 1957 hit Throne of Blood.
For cinema lovers who tire of Bollywood's usual fare, Vikalp is an effort to bring documentaries, short films and independent cinema to the city. A lot of the films are fun, experimental, educational and alternative. Meet like-minded film fans as well as some of the filmmakers.
How much: Free
Contact: Chandni at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Prithvi House, Opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu, Mumbai.
When: Once a month. Check Vikalp's Facebook group for schedule listings.
8. Mumbai Darshan
Mumbai has had many masters over the centuries, with each leaving their mark on the architecture and ethos of this city. South Mumbai is offering free guided tours of the city's history, either on foot or by bus.
Walk through South Mumbai and see more than just the walls of Victoria terminus and Prince Of Wales Museum.
How much: Walks are generally free, unless specified.
Starting Point:The Bombay Heritage Walks, c/o Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwala.
Navyug Niketan, Ground. Floor, 185 Walkeshwar Road, Teenbatti, Mumbai 400 006.
When: Private tour may be organised or walks happen as part of the Kalaghoda Art Festivals.
Contact: +91 (0) 2369 0992, 2683 5856
Take a ride on an open-top bus and tour through some of the legendary landmarks of Mumbai, such as the Gateway of India, Taj Hotel and Colaba Causeway. With the sea breeze blowing through your hair, this is not a simple drive-through, it's a great site-seeing experience. It's organized by the MTDC, and operational throughout the year except during the monsoons.
When and Where: Saturdays & Sundays. First tour is from 7pm and another at 8:15pm. Duration is one hour.
How much: Tickets are Rs 90 for a seat on the upper deck and are available from the Gateway of India Counter of MTDC.
Contact: +91 (0) 22 2284 1877
9. Salsa Night
For the lovers of swing and other fancy ways to dance, Zenzi Bandra and Zenzi Mills have a perfect outing for you. The Salsa extravaganza at Kaytee Namgyal’s Salsa-India. For the beginners, teachers are available, while singles can (hopefully) find partners and for couples there is that corner on the dance floor waiting for you.
How much: Rs 400 cover (includes one drink) for men, after 10pm. Ladies free.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Salsa Wednesdays @ ZENZI MILLS
Where: Sun Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Contact: +91 (0) 22 4345 5455
Salsa Sundays @ ZENZI BANDRA
Where: 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, 400050.
Contact: +91 (0) 22 6643 0670
10. Foodie and feel good
Out of the Blue offers two of life's more blissful experiences under one roof: Good food combined with a great spa experience. The spa treatment includes aroma-tea candles, flowers, incense sticks, a D-Stress zone (where you get a foot or hand massage while sipping wine or a spa drink) and music. It’s a great place to head out for a business lunch. The Spa Lunch includes a lavish salad spread, assorted dips and breads, with choice of main course and dessert buffet. And each guest gets to take home a small spa gift.
How much: Rs 375 plus tax.
Contact: +91 (0) 22 2600 3000, +91 (0) 93248 39393
Where: Out of the Blue, Hotel Pali Hills, 14, Union Park, Khar(W), Mumbai 400052.
When: Fridays: 12-3:30pm
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