This year seems to have started off on a good note for Mumbai’s nightlife. First, Shilpa Shetty’s controversial club, Royalty, opened its doors to the city’s party people a few weeks ago. The nightclub was forced to shut down last year, after its launch party created a ruckus in the residential neighbourhood in Waterfield Road, Bandra.
And now, one of Mumbai’s oldest discotheques, Polly Esther’s, which was also shut for many months and showed no signs of reopening, is back with a bang. “We reopened about four weeks ago after shutting down for renovation for about seven months. We will only be functioning on Fridays and Saturdays from now on. We don’t advertise our opening or closing, we have our data in place and our regular crowd makes it a point to visit us,” confirms Vinod Bagde, operations manager at Polly Esther’s, adding that last weekend saw a packed house.
The club charges Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,200 for couples on Fridays and Saturdays respectively, of which Rs 200 is the standard entry charge, and the rest is cover. Unfortunately, unlike before, the deadline is now strictly 1.30 am.
Located on the first floor of the Gordon House Hotel, Colaba, rumour had it that the club was facing licensing issues, and was forced to shuts its doors to the public until the paper work was in place.
However, the owners insisted that they needed to fix plumbing and electric work. The hotel’s F&B manager Farzad Virji had said then: “Polly Esther’s is not shutting, that is a rumour. Renovation work is still on and that will take some time.”