Temperatures are soaring not just due to the excruciating summers but because of the heat generated by our main religion – cricket. It is that time of the year when you get your jerseys out and gear up for some cricket cheering. A big screen, cold beer, something salty (or as we call it chakna) and perhaps an argument are the staples of a successful match viewing. Make your way to the following bars and get bowled over by their specials during this season’s matches.
BREWBOT EATERY & PUB BREWERY
There’s nothing quite like watching a match on a projector in the middle of a brewery. For the qualifying and final matches get tanked up on unlimited in-house craft beer for Rs 999 (all inclusive) from the first ball of the game to the last alongside live commentary. At the spacious Brewbot not only is the beer delicious (you can learn to brew your own beer here) but these guys take their food seriously too. The Disco Fries are a perfect blend of cheese, meat and potatoes and the All Star succulent pulled pork sliders are a winner.
Address: G-01 & 101, Morya Landmark 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Phone: 022 39698091
THE IRISH HOUSE
With a name like that, you can be rest assured that the alcohol will be flowing and the fish & chips will be on point. Amidst its rustic brown stone and green walls, The Irish House in Kalaghoda has live screenings on a large projector. A pint of beer during the match is priced at Rs. 95. Like a true Irish pub, the menu has a whole lot of decadent and comforting options from crispy fries to cheesy nachos and big satisfying burgers.
Address: Rampart Row, Kalaghoda, Fort
Phone: 022 49150000
A BAR CALLED LIFE
If cricket and cocktails are your thing head to the new and trendy A Bar Called Life. Enjoy the live cricket action on super sized screens with some innovative and alluring concoctions with prices starting as low as Rs. 50 at 6pm and going up every hour, on the hour, until 11pm. Unique bites such as the Burrata Kadak Roomali and their signature Chicken Bhoot Wings are a perfect accompaniment to the cocktails.
Address: 30, C/O Paradise Banquets, opposite Juhu PVR Cinemas, Juhu Circle, Devle Road, Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme
Phone: 022 26200122
THE ELBO ROOM
Located off Linking Road, The Elbo Room is the neighbourhood’s watering hole and a personal preference when it comes to fuss free drinks. The charming little outdoor section of the pub holds live screenings on a projector. Stock up on chilled beers or firewater of your choice during their happy hours till 9pm (yes you read that right) from Sunday – Thursday and up to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Spicy chicken chilly sausages, cheesy garlic bread and an assortment of kebabs and pizzas here make for some comforting pub grub.
Address: Sant Kutir Apartments, Khar West, off Linking Road, Khar
Phone: 022 26483315
ROAD HOUSE BLUEZ
Known for its Sunday and Thursday karaoke nights, images of legendary performers like The Beatles and The Doors adorn the red walls of Road House Bluez. Matches are screened on projectors at the bottom and top level. Happy patrons love the happy hours (Mon-Wed, 6pm-midnight, Thurs-Sun 6pm-8pm). At RHB, the Chinese is greasy, the pastas are creamy and the Goan Chorizo Pao is everything you want it to be. Most importantly the popcorn is free (refills too) at this relaxed pub that is good for large groups.
Address: Ground Floor, Tokyo House, next To Azad Nagar Metro Station, JP Road, Azad Nagar
Phone: 022 30151874
THE WHITE OWL BREWERY AND BISTRO
Drinking at The White Owl is like hanging out at an uber-chic warehouse in New York City sipping on artisanal handcrafted beers. Knock back 1.5 liters of any of their fresh brews at Rs 795 during the cricket matches going on right now which are screened live on a 200 inch HD screen. The cricket fever is celebrated with a special snacks menu comprising of Mumbai Poppers, Royal Bruschetta and Spicy King-Wings, their take on classic bar nibbles.
Address: Lobby, Tower 2 B, One Indiabulls Center, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Phone: 022 33126124
Delhi-based Raasta has managed to garner a fan following in the bay very quickly and justifiably so. This reggae inspired bar and cafe spreads over three floors and a sunset worthy rooftop where sheesha is served in the vicinity of Khar. The happy hours at Raasta are till 8pm and the food has a Caribbean kick to it. But what’s really worth talking about here are the Bongtails, refreshing and potent cocktails served in a tall bong-like glass reminiscent of the real use of the mystical pipe. Guzzle down one of these and you’re sure to be pumped up for some cricket viewing.
Address: 4/5 Floor, Rohan Plaza, Ram Krishan Nagar, Road No. 5, Khar
Phone: 022 33126123