Top ChoiceOpera in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Royal Opera House

India's only surviving opera house reopened to suitably dramatic fanfare with a 2016 performance by Mumbai-born British soprano Patricia Rozario, after a meticulous six-year restoration project that saw the regal...

Top ChoiceJazz in Pune

Shisha Cafe

It's a magical atmosphere anytime, but live jazz Thursday nights at alfresco Shisha are a Pune institution. Snuggle up on Iranian-style lounges downstairs or reserve a seat at a marble table under hanging Arabian...

Cinema in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Liberty Cinema

The stunning art deco Liberty was once the queen of Hindi film – think red-carpet openings with Dev Anand. It fell on hard times in recent years, but is on the rebound and is now hosting films again. It's near...

Live Music in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Humming Tree

This popular warehouse-style venue has bands (starting around 9pm), DJs and a rooftop terrace. The cover charge is anything from zero to ₹300. There's a good finger-food menu and happy hour until 7pm.

Cricket in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

A mecca for cricket-lovers, hosting many matches per year. Check online for the schedule of tests, one-dayers and Twenty20s.

Theatre in Mumbai (Mumbai)

National Centre for the Performing Arts

This vast cultural centre is the hub of Mumbai’s highbrow music, theatre and dance scene. In any given week, it might host experimental plays, poetry readings, photography exhibitions, a jazz band from Chicago or...

Live Music in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Quarter

The Royal Opera House's signature entertainment venue (besides the Opera House itself, that is), the Quarter counts unique spaces like an airy, glass-fronted cafe and mozzarella bar, a Creole-cuisine-inspired...

Live Performance in Kochi (Cochin)

Kerala Kathakali Centre

Kerala Kathakali Centre

In an intimate, wood-lined theatre, this recommended long-running arts centre provides a useful introduction to Kathakali. It also hosts performances of kalarippayat (4pm), classical music (8pm to 9pm Sunday to...

Theatre in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Prithvi Theatre

A Juhu institution that’s a great place to see both Hindi- and English-language theatre or an art-house film, with the Prithvi Cafe for drinks. Its excellent theatre festival in November showcases contemporary...

Casino in Panaji

Deltin JAQK

Deltin JAQK has three floors with 50 tables. Admission includes gaming chips to the value of ₹2000, or ₹4000 with the premium ticket. There’s a lavish buffet on the dining floor and floorshow entertainment from...

Performing Arts in Panaji

Kala Academy

On the west side of the city, in Campal, is Goa’s premier cultural centre, which features a program of dance, theatre, music and art exhibitions throughout the year. Many shows are in Konkani, but there are...

Live Performance in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Mudra Cultural Centre

Kathakali shows at this cultural centre are highly entertaining. Make-up and costume starts 30 minutes before each show. Arrive early for a good seat; use of cameras is free and welcome. There also two...

Comedy in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Canvas Laugh

A popular comedy club that hosts around 50 shows per month, with twice-nightly programs on weekends (most comedians use English). It’s 900m west of Lower Parel train station inside the High Street Phoenix...

Spectator Sport in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Wankhede Stadium

Test matches and one-day internationals are played a few times a year here in season (October to April). Contact the Cricket Association for ticket information; for a test match you’ll probably have to pay for...

Casino in Panaji

Deltin Royale

Goa’s biggest and best luxury floating casino, Deltin Royal has 123 tables, the Vegas Restaurant, a Whisky Bar and a creche. Entry includes gaming chips worth ₹1500/2000 (weekday/weekend). Unlimited food and...

Live Performance in Munnar

Punarjani Traditional Village

Entertaining (though aimed at tourists) daily performances of Kathakali and kalarippayat, 7km southwest of Munnar. Same-day tickets are usually available but for the best seats consider booking ahead.

Live Music in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Indigo XP

Always buzzing, this huge venue hosts bands, DJs, acoustic musicians and stand-up comedy. On the upper floor there's a large terrace for dining and lounging. Also a good place to catch the cricket or footy.

Theatre in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Ranga Shankara

All kinds of interesting theatre (in a variety of languages and spanning various genres) and dance are staged at this cultural centre. Hosts an annual mini-festival in late October/early November.

Booking Service in Mumbai (Mumbai)

NCPA Box Office

Box office for Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts. You can also book online at Book My Show (https://in.bookmyshow.com).