The party has shifted. While Mumbai’s famous nightlife is under threat from ACP Vasant Dhoble’s fine-slapping, bash busting and the cloud of individual drinking licences looming large, Delhi has had 10 new nightclubs in the last three months that the Maximum City reportedly saw hundreds of late-night eateries shut down. While club owners and party-lovers in the Capital stand in Mumbai’s support, they say the scene here has never been so good.
Apart from the many A-grade pubs and bars that have mushroomed in the city, scores of late-night eateries have also come up. "Nightlife in the city is becoming much more exciting than it was. People are coming out and enjoying the change. It is free from the hassles of what nightclubs and partygoers are experiencing in Mumbai," says Nitin Chawla, MD Zygo Club Gurgaon, who plans to open another outlet in Delhi soon.
"I am in Mumbai every week and I can say that the party scene is much better in Delhi. If you have all the required licences, nobody bothers you here unlike in Mumbai, where it’s kind of becoming autocratic," says Mohit Jain of Jynxxx.
Club-goers agree. "I’ve heard about the case of two girls suing Mumbai cops for accusing them of being prostitutes at a party. Delhi is better!" says Manisha Verma, 24."
"The bar timings are better and the cops are much more relaxed here so they don’t create issues," says Mohnish Kabir Malhotra, gay rights activist.
Delhi’s new nightclubs
Verve and B-Bar (upcoming)
Spasso Club & Lounge:
7 Degrees Brauhaus
Xes Bar and Lounge
Rock A Fella
The Guvment — DisQtek
Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen