The city’s proposed 3am deadline may not have come to fruition yet, but there’s no stopping the party people. With more and more options opening up every night, the city’s night owls saw newer haunts like Canvas, The Irish House and Big Nasty this year. While gastronomes were spoilt for choice with Michellin-starred eateries like Hakasaan and Yauatcha, the coming years will find Mukesh Ambani bring home the famous Vegas properties— Bellagio and MGM Grand — at Maker Maxity in Bandra-Kurla Complex.
Here’s where the margarita-sipping lot will be seen stepping in, in 2012.
1. Vinoteca by Sula
If Ivy, the tiny, cheerful wine bar in Worli, has been your spot for dainty drinking nights, there’s tough competition next-door. Set to open in March at Sunville Banquets in Annie Besant Road, Vinoteca, Spanish for ‘collection of wines’ will showcase as many as 70 wines from Sula’s cellar. The wooden wine bar, designed by Ritu Nanda, will also boast of Spanish delicacies put together by chef Silvia Grimaldo from Ibiza.
2. Shangri La
Adding to the ever changing urban landscape that defines Phoenix Mills is Shangri La, a five-star property, that was slated to launch in 2011. Now set to open between March to May of 2012, the hotel will comprise of 410-room that overlook the lush green race-course on one side, the Arabian Sea expanse on the other and the chaos of the mall down under. Keep your eyes open for their iconic Chi Bar, which is actually a spa!
3. Star Bucks Coffee
Spilling its beans and joining the ranks of Gloria Jeans is the popular coffee chain, Star Bucks, that will open in Bandra. While talks have been on for a while now, the coffee spot is expected to start brewing from March this year.
Since Red Light shut down, the partners have been secretly working on giving the city’s townies a new party spot. This time, however, it’s not a teeny-party hub, but an ‘exclusive’, ‘invite-only’ club at Fort where entry is limited to for those 25 and above. What’s more, there’s no entry price for this boutique nightclub and the only way to enter is to be rubbing shoulders with the city’s P3P.
The French chain of luxury business hotels was set to open end of this year, but its opening is now pushed to January next year. The 302-room hotel at Bandra-Kurla Complex will feature an Indo-French restaurant called The Pondicherry Café and a poolside lounge called L’Oh.
6. F-Bar and lounge
Delhi’s party hub will soon have a fashionable address in the city. Set to open early 2012 at India Bulls, Lower Parel, the club plans to bring home the biggest DJs to the city and will be near Blue Frog.