This year, youngsters are renting out party pads within Mumbai for New Year’s Eve bashes, to avoid exorbitant last-minute air fares, pricey party passes, and the hassle of coordinating time off between friends.
The spaces — which include a 1-acre villa and garden in Jogeshwari, a 4-acre farmhouse and plot in Vasai, an 8,500-sqft bungalow in Versova and smaller venues at Kala Ghoda and Bandra — also make it easier for professionals to plan their bashes, allowing them to head out directly after work, attend their own party and get back to the office the next morning, if need be.
While catering options are available, hosts can bring their own food and drink.
Spanish Villa in Jogeshwari can be rented for parties. (Satish Bate/HT photo)
Best of all, the venues are either standalone plots such as bungalows and farmhouses or spaces in commercial areas, which means the party can get loud without neighbours or relatives complaining.
“We were considering a party in Madh Island and realised it wasn’t practical as it is a weekday and everyone has to work the day after. We decided to rent the House of Tales space at Kala Ghoda,” says Deepika Pandit, 24, a media professional, who attended a friend’s birthday here.
The prices are an additional perk — House of Tales, an elegantly designed contemporary space, costs Rs 20,000 for up to 12 hours and 100 people.
Other spaces, such as Spanish Villa in Jogeshwari, come with gardens where you can sit under the stars all night, and plenty of parking space.
“There were no restrictions on music, or what we were eating or drinking. And our group of 23 had the whole place to ourselves,” says chartered accountant Priya Das, 37, who rented Spanish Villa for a party with friends visiting from the UK.
Balang Farms in Vasai even comes with a swimming pool. “We had our own kitchen, and the option of calling upon a cook if we need to,” says entrepreneur Rudresh Chhabra, 32, who spent the day there with family ahead of his sister’s wedding in May. “And we didn’t have to waste too much time travelling.”
Joanne Louis, 37, an assistant film director is planning an extended family bash at Elita Almedia’s 8,500-sq-ft family bungalow in Versova.
“We’re looking forward to our party here because it’s right in the city and we can all eat, dance, bring in the new year together and just drive to work in the morning,” says Almeida.