Mumbaikars enjoy nightlife again as restaurants and pubs stay open until 1.30am | Bombay News

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Mumbai is known for its indomitable spirit and much has been written about how after every blow the city and its people spring up and face life in a positive way. And we are witnessing it once again as the Mumbaikars bounce back from two years of prohibitive restrictions. Finally, action and fun are back on the city’s night scene.
The restaurants, resto-bars are now open until 1:30 am and the almost non-existent nightlife, a few months ago, is back.
“After the third wave, restaurants rebounded much faster. Our outlets in Mumbai were open until 10 p.m. during which time there was a good influx of people, and after the restrictions were fully lifted, we saw a large number of footsteps arriving from the first weekend. -same. Our interactions with customers are the same as in the pre-pandemic era,” says Mayank Bhatt, Business Head, Social.
“Our staff are excited to welcome guests back to the pre-COVID schedule”
Over the past two years, the hospitality industry has been hit so hard that many outlets have had to close their doors permanently. But now that restaurants and bars have been allowed to operate without any restrictions, there have been early signs of revival. Shaan Jaiswal, owner of Studs Sports Bar & Grill, Sakinaka, Mumbai, says: “We have been waiting for this for over two years. Our staff are thrilled and extremely excited to welcome guests back to the pre-COVID schedule.
Rachel Goenka, Founder and CEO of The Chocolate Spoon Company, owner of a chain of restaurants in Mumbai, said: “Finally we have a glimmer of hope with hours extended to 1:30. Last year looked promising. and we had to close at the height of the season was disheartening, things are looking up.
“Restaurants are reserved even on weekdays”
Most of the Mumbaikars who have come out recently have found that people are enjoying late nights again. and the city’s exclusive restaurants are filled to capacity even on weekdays these days. Bollywood singer Shruti Pathak recently visited Bar Bank in Juhu. She tells us: “It was not planned, but to my surprise, it was packed even though it was a weekday. It was so relieving to see people enjoying life like before COVID. I was happy to see that Mumbai was finally preparing for normality after the pandemic. Gradually, things are changing. But I feel that a little awareness is good so that there is no relapse.
Most of the city’s exclusive restaurants are filled to capacity even on weekdays these days. Singer Sukriti Kakar adds, “Mumbai’s nightlife seems to have opened up again and we can finally see the spirit of the city and the people enjoying themselves. I love dining out, can’t wait to do it again after more than two years!
Kaira Patel, a 27-year-old filmmaker, was going to a restaurant in the western suburbs on a weekday with her friends and had to wait for a table. Kiara says: “Last weekend, my friends and I went to the classic Italian restaurant, Cecconi’s. We love the vibe there. I called them and tried to reserve tables from 8:30 p.m. We finally got a spot at 10:30 p.m.! The fact that on a Thursday night it took us ages to get a reservation says it all. It was good to see that they were still following all the protocols.
“Finally, we’re going to party until after one in the morning!”
With restaurant hours now back to pre-covid 1:30 a.m. hours, young people and revelers rejoice. Chanpreet Singh, who works at a financial firm as a senior executive, says he and a few friends recently hit pubs and loved the scene in Mumbai. “We were so relieved to see that there were so many people there, enjoying and having fun. We first went to Silly (a cafe and bar), Khar and from there we went to Khar Social. We were five friends, mostly work colleagues and we had a great time there. The psychedelic techno music playing there added to our party vibe. Most of these places are now relaxed on the hours and are open till late. I’m glad we can party until 1am! »
“Health and safety are now absolute priorities”
As the restaurants prepare for high footfall and some of the operational challenges they face after reopening, they say hygiene and safety are their top priority. According to restaurateurs, like food, interiors and music, COVID safety is now important for diners.

Pradeep Shetty, Senior Vice President of Hotel and Restaurant Association of West India (HRAWI), shares, “We have conducted extensive training on COVID safety protocol and our premises are among the safest.”
Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), said: “By following safety and hygiene measures, we are confident that lives and means subsistence can be saved”.
“We foodies are finally breathing a sigh of relief”
Mumbai boasts of hundreds if not thousands of fine restaurants and this is only a reality because most of the Mumbaikars are diehard foodies among others. Charmi Gada, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and resident of South Mumbai, has always loved eating out and her family is like her. “Gustoso is one of our favorite fine dining Italian restaurants. Last weekend my husband and I went for a late night dinner after a long time. Since we both work, it has always been difficult for us to eat out in the last few months because the cut-off time was unreasonable 10:30 p.m. Now we’ve really enjoyed a delicious meal at the restaurant and finally breathe a sigh of relief that we’re living and eating like we used to. Anita Parmar, a resident of Matunga adds, “I went to the Bombay Canteen in Lower Parel on the London Taxi one after another last weekend. I’m glad restaurants and pubs are back to the previous deadline. Late night eating is back in Mumbai.
‘Khau gallis came back to life’
Going out to sit in fine dining restaurants is as much a part of a Mumbaikar’s life as eating at roadside stalls, khau gallis and chowpaties dotted around the suburbs. Late night snacks are a must for many and they make the most of summer evenings. Shrenu Pallikal, a production assistant, says, “I’m so happy that things have finally opened up. I missed my late-night walks – mostly to eat at the roadside stalls – and now I’m getting back to it! I love the sandwiches, dosa, pav bhaji, vada pav, grill, pasta and the variety available is mind blowing. Khau gallis has come back to life!
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