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What's on tap: Rubbing elbows with the Bollywood crowd on the city's spangled club circuit
Why it's worth a shot: Anyone who envisions India as a nation of puritanical strivers has another thing coming at Mumbai's nightclubs, where the whiskey flows freely and Pilates-toned women are at ease in tank tops and tight jeans. The capital of India's massive entertainment industry, balmy Bombay lures wannabe stars and starlets from all over the country; it's like L.A., New York City, and Miami rolled into one (and more populous than all three combined). Downtown has its share of posh clubs, but the movie stars and jeunesse dorée generally stick to the ritzy enclave of Bandra.
Booze route: Start at celeb favorite Olive Bar & Kitchen; a heavy hitter like Bollywood star Aamir Khan is more likely to be there on a weeknight, while the after-dinner scene is liveliest on Thursdays. The same goes for Balinese-inspired Zenzi, on nearby Waterfield Road, where with enough swagger (and rupees for bottle service) you might be able to stake out a corner couch. The beats are heavier at Poison, a recently opened club co-owned by It-boy DJ Aqeel that reportedly has a strict anti-sari door policy (traditional clothes are considered provincial among club kids). Step away from the fabulousness of it all at Hawaiian Shack, a bamboo-accented lounge with an '80s soundtrack and cheaper drinks. The younger crowd is heavy with film-industry typesbefore the night is out, you may even be able to talk your way into a walk-on role.
Hangover cure: Post-drinking stomachs wary of curry would do well to hit the waffle station at TTaxi's Western-style brunch of Cuffe Parade.
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