Looking back at the best bashes
This year saw not just happening party trends, but some truly unique ones as well. From the snobbish invite-only soirees to the communal dinner gatherings, Mumbai woke up to out-of-the-box night-cultures. Here’s a look at six things that left an impactful mark on the night scene in the city this year.
Invite-only supper parties for the elite
They might be extremely hard to get an entry into, but invite-only soirees became the next big thing for like-minded well-travelled global citizens. Frenchman Gilles Amsellam organised the first edition of French Tuesdays — an exclusive bash at the newly opened Zinc in Lower Parel. The get-together looked not just for the crème-de-la-crème of Mumbai society, but for people who liked all things French too. The party allowed folk in only after approving of things like their income details and choice of music. Contact
Alternative bashes got better
With its no-frills atmosphere, cheap drinks and no-dress code, the Grime Riot Disco became a destination for those who liked to party differently. Music took centre-stage at these underground gigs, which saw DJs spinning quirky tunes. The Silent Noise or headphone party too brought the house down with its unique concept. The music played at this bash didn’t come through blaring speakers, but via headphones that attendants were provided.
Bars went digital
Bars and eateries upped their tech quotient this year. Royal China, Mainland China and Escobar introduced iPad menu cards. Faaso’s and Gostana started accepting orders through tweets and I-Bar attempted to woo people with a motion-sensitive interactive table.
New party zone at Mumbai Airport
With six new bars opening at the domestic terminal this year, fliers knew just how to endure the long wait times before boarding the flight. From a friendly joint that also offers delicious meals (Foodies Bar) to a small bar designed a la an English tavern (Signature Bar) to the posh joint in a far corner, perfect for (Good Times Bar), the option for getting that fix before the flight just got better.
Communal eating joints
This year, Mumbai opened to eating with strangers. Newly opened places in Colaba like Le Pain Quotidien and The Table offered the option of sitting at a large communal table, where you could share a meal with people you might not have known.
Bandra’s popular watering hole Zenzi bid farewell in style with weeklong festivities lined up before the final exit. Polly Esther’s at Colaba, is also believed to have shut down, though the management insists it’s currently being renovated. But the city got its share of new places, from Bandra eateries like Hakkasan, I-bar and Chez Moi, to Amadeus (Nariman Point) and Zinc (Lower Parel).