What is the first thing you think about when you read the word India? You probably think of a big country, curry, Taj Mahal, Mumbai and curry again. Well, just like any other country, India has a nightlife apart from the traditional tourist attractions. From restaurants to clubs, the Indian people are always partying from early night, around 9 PM, to late night, up until 4 AM. However, unlike many other places, there is a law that the bars must abide by, but it does not stop the Indians!
Although India is known for its architecture, cuisine and religions, there is a nightlife that stands out from the normal tourist guide. While most tourists go to India to go sightseeing and to experiment with different cuisines and religions, others are able to accidentally – or not – find an exciting nightlife that differs from what most outsiders know. New Delhi, for example, is a quite modern city that sadly shows the gap between the poor and the rich, however, it also shows the gap between the Indian nightlife and historical attractions. Although there is a law that prohibits open bars after 1 AM, most Indians continue to party on rooftops or hotel lounges until 4 AM. By the way, interestingly enough, Indians love to dance. Therefore, whether there is alcohol involved or not, an Indian nightlife demands music to be danced to.
Because of the law that prohibits open bars after 1 AM, it is advisable for you to start your nightlife early, along with the Indians, and get used to the idea of it ending early too. Furthermore, if you are fond of the idea of drinking, get used to the fact that most bars will be closed early and, surprisingly or not, Indians are not really fond of drinking, especially women. However, if you love to dance and do not mind a cheap beer, then Mumbai is the perfect place for you! The city offers lots of different bars, pubs, and clubs, that can be divided into two categories: the cheap and the classy. Both serve alcohol, however, the latter is frequented mostly by male public and upper class, and can only be found in major cities. As for women, although most Indian women do not drink, you can occasionally find discounts and free drinks. Some bars are exclusively for tourists or immigrants, such as the Urban Pine, and offers a new look at the Indian nightlife. Furthermore, just like any other bar, you must pay to enter and to consume inside, unless you are a VIP in a classy bar. However, as previously mentioned, all bars must abide by the law and close after 1 AM, therefore, start partying early!
Although India is quite known for its architecture and diverse culture, the country hides a wonderful and lively nightlife that defies the country’s calm appearance. Even though there is a strict law against bars and alcohol, the Indian people proves that they do not need it to have fun, on the contrary, their happiness can be found in dancing. Therefore, if you are looking for a fun place to spend hours and hours dancing without the need to worry about alcohol or drunk people, India is the right place for you!