Not quite a dive bar, The Local nevertheless has all the well-worn trademarks of a rough and tumble neighbourhood bar that’s as loved for its cheap drinks as it is for its comfortable vibe. Banksy-inspired stencilled graffiti and exposed piping decorate the walls and ceiling, while the drinking and dining area is strewn with chipped metal chairs and, on any given day of the week, a cabal of eager dancers and happy hour partakers.
Drinks are, in a word, potent. And the menu is vast, with an emphasis on hefty shots, test tubes, and creative cocktails infused with local flavours like Indian gooseberry, as well as a good range of beers, whiskeys, and – for the designated drivers – mocktails. Bar snacks and bigger plates cover a wide spectrum, from nachos and burgers to butter chicken paratha, and are as modestly priced as the drinks. Add to that the musical stylings of DJ Raz or the much-anticipated karaoke nights and you’ve got the makings of a great night out in Mumbai; as long as you’ve got the secret password to get you through The Local’s unmarked entrance, of course.