There’s good news for Mumbai’s nightlife. A new lounge will throw its doors open to the city on August 21. Owner Edward Wang’s brainchild, Ren was previously a banquet hall that used to host private parties. “I figured people in Mumbai need new and classy places to hang out at, so I spent the last nine months preparing this space,” says Edward.Located above the Khar restaurant China Garden, Ren’s playlists will mostly comprise commercial international music. "We will play some Bollywood remixes too, and also have certain nights dedicated to some genres during the week," he adds.
According to the owners, the club’s design will also be one of its highlights. "The pillars in the premises are made of stainless steel, so they reflect the LED lights. And there are certain Chinese characters on the walls which emanate laser lights too," says Edward, adding, "No single wall in the lounge is flat. Every surface has movement and layers." Ask him if this is a conscious effort to ensure extra soundproofing, he says, "That’s the first thing we looked into. We do not want to disturb anyone. We even have our main licenses displayed at the bar."
The lounge, which will serve starters from China Garden’s kitchen, will not offer main course. Though entry will be on the basis of guest lists, a cover charge will also come into play eventually. “We’re undecided on that as of now,” he says.
WTF! Khar becomes The Hungry Birds Not many were even aware that the bar located near Khar station had secretly pulled down its shutters. But on Friday, Twitter was abuzz with news that the bar was making a comeback and had changed its name to The Hungry Birds. Watch this space for more.