Bandra’s popular nightclub Poison has finally been replaced. Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra launched the new club, Royalty, at the premises of former discothèque Poison that closed down last year, on Saturday.
Shetty, who also owns a spa chain and a perfume brand, bought a 12 per cent stake in the IPL team, Rajasthan Royals, with Kundra, a year ago. Royalty has been designed to incorporate the team’s official colours of blue and gold.
“Where else in Mumbai do you get this kind of space? Bandra is a great location. We want it to become a high-end uber restro club, catering to a niche lot who enjoy the high life,” says Shetty.
“We would like to see cricketers coming here, but it’s not for the team, it’s an extension of the Rajasthan Royals brand,” she adds.
Though the layout of the 13,000 square foot club is not very different from Poison; Shetty and her sister Shamita, who were in charge of the new interiors, have upraded all of it and used interesting pieces of furniture to make it look opulent.
A golden statue of Lion Aslan, from the film —
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
— greets you under the entrance staircase, while chandeliers and antique style coffee tables are positioned throughout. A table in the VIP area will cost anywhere from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000. The VVIP area that overlooks the dance floor has been re-designed by Rocky S, with maroon sofas.
“There will be no cover charge for entry as of now, but we may add it later,” says Prashant Gunjalkar, a partner in the venture.
“It is a posh club and we want people to come in smart dress,” he says, adding the joint will have items like caviar on its menu.
Kundra says the management will reserve the rights to admission. “It is all about high-end, luxury and quality. Mumbai is very short of quality places where you can party safely and drug-free,” he says. “We also intend to bring over DJs from Ibiza.”
Poison’s former manager, Arup Saini is managing the new property, which will be open from Wednesday to Saturday. The DJs on board include DJ Lloyd of Poison, and Amit, who will play a mix of house, retro and Bollywood music.
Instead of the white sofas and blue lighting in Poison’s smoking room, Royalty’s cigar room, now has red sofas, mirror work and pictures of Maharajas.