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The best Mumbai bars to watch IPL Twenty20 cricket

The Indian Premier League’s Twenty20 cricket, which started it’s fifth season last week, is the new religion in India. The bars of Mumbai are a great place to soak up the atmosphere, grab a cold beer and watch the game in (relative) peace

This blogpost first appeared on the Mumbai Boss blog

When we reviewed Bora Bora back in November, we remarked about the inordinate number of television viewing options. There are no less than 14 TVs plus one projector and another giant, six-panel LED screen. Bora Bora is an 80-seater bar, so that’s one TV for every five people. While they don’t have any special offers for the IPL (they will screen all matches), they do already have generously long happy hours, which run from noon to midnight, Sunday to Thursday. Provided you stick to Indian brands, you get a free beer for every two you buy, and one free drink for every spirit you purchase. They might have a DJ blaring pop hits on the weekends, but given the fact that Bora Bora is not among Andheri’s most popular pubs, there is also a good chance that you’ll always find room here.
Pint of Kingfisher: Rs198 excluding tax (around £2.40 – £1 is worth around 82 rupees)
Royal Plaza, next to City Mall, New Link Road, Andheri (West), +91 2674 8700. Second branch above Hometown Cafe, opposte Ramada Palm Grove, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, +91 91676 66770

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California’s top 10 beach hotels and places to stay on a budget

Few places are as synonymous with the beach as California, but staying on it can be expensive. So here’s our pick of 10 affordable and brilliantly located beach pads, from campsites and cabins to budget inns

These bohemian, higgledy-piggledy beach cottages sit in the heart of Crystal Cove State Park’s 3½ miles of winding white-sand coastline. They were built in the 30s and 40s and have been lovingly restored with vintage seaside furniture and period details. Each cottage is either on the beach or looking down on it from a bluff top, connected by winding wooden pathways and wind beaten painted fences. A cute nearby cafe, The Beachcomber, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and a takeaway Shake Shack serves burgers, fries and milkshakes (which is useful, because the cottages don’t have ovens).

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