Mumbai - The year has to end with a bang, doesn't it? Trends may differ and the happening waterholes may change, but certain spots in Mumbai never lose their charm. The best part - you don't need to burn a hole in your pocket to enjoy here.
Girgaum chowpatty- Bang in the heart of south Mumbai, the girgaum chowpatty has always been a favourite spot for revellers who flock to it on New Year's eve as well. Take a stroll on the beach, enjoy bhelpuri or panipuri and enjoy the breeze under the open sky. Walk across to Bachelor's and enjoy some of its fresh fruit juices and exotic ice creams. From the chowpatty, walk on towards Marine Drive, click pics on the backdrop of Mumbai's famed Queen's Necklace or just relax in a buggie ride away from the noise and razzmatazz.
Colaba -Gateway of India- While Mumbai's glitterati downs its Dom Perignon at the Taj Mahal hotel, lesser mortals gather at the equally imposing Gateway to bring in the new year with balloons, candyfloss and by clicking pictures with near and dear ones. Take a stroll down the street and move on to Colaba causeway, grab a drink at Mondegar, listen to your favourite renditions. If you can reach the causeway by 8 pm, you can even grab a table at the iconic Leopold cafe, where on the first level, you can groove to eclectic music at no extra charge. If you want to have your own party, get your booze from the nearby popular watering hole Gokul, and some lipsmacking kebabas from Bade Miyan's.
Bandra- North of the island city, nothing beats the queen of the suburbs - Bandra. Just strolling on Carter Road with your loved one can make this evening special. For the foodies, there are many options on Carter's - grab a chair at Cafe Coffee Day and enjoy the sights or walk along the sea side at the Band Stand, feeling the breeze - and if you are lucky, you might spot your favourite movie star.
If you are in the mood to seek some divine intervention to bid adieu 2016 with, head to Mount Mary, where the serene atmosphere will fill you with calm and the spectacular decorations and lighting will lift your spirits.
From Bandra, you can move towards Juhu to keep the party going. The traffic along Juhu Tara road may prove a bit of a dampener but the enthusiasm, crowd and revelery is never much affected. Malls along this stretch are also favourite spots to spend this last evening of the year. These have decorations, food stalls and quite a few interesting selfie points and often, an in house band playing which adds to the festivities. Most malls stay open till late on this evening.