It first opened as Ra in 2004. Over the next six years, the spot was called Play, then Voyeur. Then people lost track. Now, it has reopened as Tryst.
How jinxed is the location, situated at High Street Phoenix after all? “Not at all,” says DJ Bunty Arora, who is part owner of the club along with Rishi Acharya and Rajiv Tandon. “We always did well. We just made small cosmetic changes because the city gets bored of places easily. But this time, unlike all those branding exercises, we’ve changed the entire structure of the place. It doesn’t have a dance floor anymore!” Instead, three large hexagonal tables are placed in the middle of the club, which patrons can move around.
Guests at these tables will have a personal bartender, bar, bouncer, stewards and digital screens that welcome them. “We also got a team from Spain to design the lighting in the club. The lights at the table react to human behaviour; they change from pink to blue every time it recognises a female or male voice. I think it’s the first of its kind in India,” he says.
The music, unlike before, will only be international club, house and hip-hop. “No Bollywood music,” assures Arora before we ask, adding, “We want to keep this place exclusive and high-end, which is why we’ve kept entry only on guest list and membership until now. But we are in the process of figuring out a strategy for entry by this weekend.”
The club, that can accommodate up to 400 people in all, and has seating for 200, will also be roping in international DJs and acts over the coming months. “The console has been designed by international standards for artistes to come in and play,” says Arora
Membership to this club will cost Rs 2 lakh, though around R 1 lakh will be redeemable over beverages.