Neighbours can be a real nuisance for your daily night outs at times. Take Zenzi, for example, which has been fighting a court battle with Arif Ali, a resident of the building where the bar is situated. Ali’s problem is the bar’s loud music. So, he filed a plea in the Bombay High Court stating that the shed, which operates as part of the bar, is constructed illegally. Recently, the shed area was shut and for the time being, Zenzi runs without it. The owners refuse to comment on the sub judice issue. But a source promises us good news shortly: “In a months time, the outer shed will be open to the public. The owners are just waiting to complete legal formalities.”
Then there is Royalty, which is due to open where Poison was situated. The Shilpa Shetty owned nightclub was ordered to shut down when Home Minister RR Patil directed the deputy commissioner of police, social service branch, to look into a complaint filed by a resident. Though it was supposed to open on March 17, post a grand private party, Royalty’s future now hangs in the lurch with residents threatening to file a PIL against the club, if it ever opens. Incidentally both the nightclubs are in Bandra.
But the Queen of the Suburbs also has quite a few other bars and nightclubs which run in residential areas, where the neighbours don’t seem to have any problems.
Take for example: Devika Jain who stays on the second floor of Sant Kutir, on Saint Theresas Road, which houses Elbo Room on its ground floor. “I really don’t have any issues with the bar or its loud music. I don’t think any resident in the neighbourhood has registered any complaint about the bar as well.”
Then there is Totos on Pali Naka, which has been running successfully without interferences from neighbours for many years now. Pamela Saldanha, who stays on the first floor of Lourdes Heaven where the pub is located, says, “It’s been more then 15 years since the club has been operational. I’ve never had any problems with the patrons or its owner Totlani, in spite of staying right above it.”
Then there is Hawaiian Shack on 16th Road, Bandra. Though it’s not located in a residential building, the surrounding area is full of apartments. Shantibhai, who lives in Crishan Building, next to the club says: “We have been facing numerous problems for so many years now, but there is no solution in sight.” Bang opposite the club is Rose Building, where Advocate Ramnath Kini stays on the second floor. Kini has fought numerous battles with the owners. His son Abhijeet, says, “My father has called the local police dozens of times. The police come and drive away the drunken miscreants.”
However, so far the residences of the area have refrained from filing court cases. The newly opened Bounce, also in Bandra has added to the woes of the residents. “Presently there is lesser noise at the new night club, but it’s enough to disturb anyone residing in the area,” adds Abhijeet.