Leopold’s Café and Bar.
Surrounded by peddlers, hawkers, beggars, street stalls and souvenir stands, stray dogs, an endless stream of traffic, and the ‘pleasant’ smells of Bombay, Leopold’s is a haven from the madness of Bombay.
Located on a busy corner of the Colaba Causeway – Bombay's main tourist ghetto, and heart of the city – Leopold’s is the place to be for travelers and hip, young Indians looking for a great time, good food and more importantly cold, cheap beer (a 660ml bottle goes for less than a quid.)
Leopolds has been faithfully serving guests since 1871 and has two levels – both air conditioned – with the top being a nightclub. But the real action lies on the ground floor, that serves as both restaurant and pub. The waiters are fast and attentive (they have to be, this place is just so popular), and surprisingly polite. Its décor is simple and probably hasn’t been changed in a few decades, but that’s no matter because its part of the charm.
The clientele is just as varied as its menu (that serves Indian, Continental, Israeli, Mexican, Chinese and Italian cuisine). You might even run into Gregory David Roberts (author of Shantaram and Leopold’s ‘regular’). So pull up a chair, drink a few drinks, and tell a few tales with other travelers from around the world. The atmosphere is undoubtedly lively and bursting from its seems with energy.
For a quintessential Bombay experience head to Leopold’s, practically a Bombay institution.
You won’t be disappointed.
Written and contributed by Tossed Sallard
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