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Cafe Mondegar

5-A, Metro House

Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba Causeway
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Ph: 022 22020591, 022 22830586

Timings: 07:30 AM to 12:45 AM

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At the end of the day, there’s not much one can say about Mondy’s. It’s a venerable Mumbai institution which only serves beer (and some snacks) and to pan it would be asking for trouble. Avoid however the “Inside story”, which is an air conditioned version of the original, costs more and is apparently well left alone. 

I somehow thought that digging was a Delhi pastime, but there seemed to be a fair bit of disguised unemployment in Mumbai too, with the road outside Mondy’s bearing witness to the same. Mondy’s is next to Regal theatre in Colaba and the place resembled nothing less than an archaeological dig looking for Mumbaipithecus man. Entering the place, this impression is furthered by Mario Miranda’s cartoons on the wall depicting MM in various states of revelry. 

The tables are pretty tightly squeezed together with waiters gingerly threading their way through narrow spaces with loaded pitchers of draught beer in both arms. Beer is one thing definitely not in short supply here. In fact it’s the only thing they serve. One end of the bar is marked by a jukebox, which has been there since time immemorial and costs 5 bucks for a turn of a disc. 

Most pubs are night places, but Mondy’s is a day place, where after a late leisurely breakfast one can stroll over, gorge oneself with beer and then go to sleep. 

The crowd’s a mix of working class stiffs, gora log and summer trainees staying at Wilson college, blowing their stipend while pretending to do earnest projects on the viability of turning Mumbai’s textile mills into bowling alleys. Mondy’s is also heavily into merchandising, with a range of stuff from mugs to t-shirts available at hefty price tags. 

Net-net if you’re in Mumbai and you’re looking for an unpretentious yet yuppy (an oxymoron, if ever I saw one) place to drink beer, this is where you should go. 

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