Ringing in the New Year 2019 is something that people especially look forward to during the festive season. In Mumbai, people across the city welcome the New Year by partying and celebrating on December 31 in their own way.
While most like to party, some prefer to go to a temple, mosque or church, while others celebrate at home with family and friends. If you are in Mumbai and are keen to celebrate the New Year in style, here’s how to best enjoy New Year’s Eve in Mumbai.
Shake a Leg at an Exclusive New Year’s Party
A very popular way to celebrate New Year’s in Mumbai is at an exclusive New Year’s Party. These parties are held at hotels, pubs, malls or venues across the city. The country’s best DJs perform at these parties and there is amazing food with most locations doing special menus. Fireworks shows are also held at these parties. Entry requires passes that can be expensive and have to be booked in advance as they sell out fast. You can try booking New Year parties in Mumbai 2019 with EventsHigh for best prices and discounts.
Cost: Can go up to even Rs. 1, 00,000 (depending on where you go and what type of pass you purchase)
- Watch the Fireworks at Marine Drive
If you are on a budget and still want to enjoy New Year’s, head to Marine Drive to watch the fireworks display. Every year on December 31, a fireworks display happens at 12 am. There are massive crowds that attend the show, so it is best to get to Marine Drive early to find a place where the viewing will be clear. After watching the fireworks, head to the Gateway or Colaba to enjoy hot coffee and street food – on December 31, vendors are open till the wee hours of the morning.
- Enjoy a Special Dinner
Some restaurants in the city offer specially curated menus on New Year’s Eve. These menus have a different rate than the regular menu. While most stick to a few dishes, others have a long list of foods, and most places serve unlimited alcohol for a fixed price.
On New Year’s Eve, pubs, bars, and restaurants see a lot of crowd, so it is best to reach the venue early to get a seat.
Cost: On average, Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 10,000 depending on where you go and what you order
- Enjoy a Beach Party
If you thought of making it to Goa for the New Year but your plans didn’t work out, fear not. You can still enjoy a great beachside New Year’s experience in Mumbai. In suburban Mumbai, many coastal suburbs like Gorai, Madh Island, Aksa, and Manori have beach shacks that organize New Year’s parties.
While some are private, there are those that allow entry via a ticket purchase. You’ll have to keep in mind that these parties are for couples only; stag entries are usually not permitted.
Cost: Rs. 2,000 to Rs, 5000, depending on venue.
- Go on a Pub Crawl
If you are spontaneous and often make last minute plans and are stuck for something to do on New Year’s, go on a pub crawl. It is a common activity for Mumbai’s fun-loving and party-going youth. Most pubs in Mumbai have specially curated menus, hire good DJs and decorate the place for the festivities.
Cost: Rs. 2,000 to Rs, 5000 depending on venue.
These are the top 5 things to do in Mumbai on New Year’s Eve. While most people head out to parties or special New Year’s events, some still celebrate the day by burning the old man in their neighborhood and celebrating with their neighbors or family.
How do you love to celebrate New Year’s? We would love to know in the comments section below.
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