As of November 2015, there are no legal dance bars in Mumbai. The possibility for dance bars to reopen became viable due to India's October 2015 supreme court decision to overturn the state ban on such clubs. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis vows to appeal the decision.
Dance bars are places that female performers dance for male customers in exchange for money. Initially located only in Maharashtra, the concept spread to other areas. In 2005, when the original ban took place, Mumbai had 700 dance bars, of which 307 were legal. Employing 150,000 people, including 75,000 bar girls, the bars faced accusations of facilitating prostitution.