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Coming soon: The Times Nightlife Guide 2015.
I've been researching and writing these annual nightlife guides for over a decade. This inspite of the fact that I am an early-to-bed-early-to-rise person. So, every year, I stay awake through many a night and do several night life rounds with Mumbai's young party-birds who guide me. We pop in unannounced into the city's nightclubs, discotheques and lounges, checking out the buzz, music and ambiance.
We loved the stunning view from the sexily glamorous, Exo. It pulsates and rocks on the 37th level of the Palladium hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows, Ossler chandeliers, leather upholstery and foot-tapping music by Exo's resident DJ Madoc are some of the key highlights of this two-floored nightclub. Rishi Acharya's haute spot also plays host to some of the most popular guest DJs specializing in different genres of music.
A few weeks ago, I had also popped in here for a sundowner only to find it packed and throbbing with the uber stylish guests. This time, we nibbled on their okayish snacks (they were from the Pan Asian Mekong Kitchen, next door), guzzled on the premium booze (Do ask for their signature cocktails, Spectrum and GQ.) Arjun cut the birthday cake (swiftly and thoughtfully served up by Exo staff) we danced as the music pumped up and left to check out two other night places. But not before concluding that Exo lived up to its name… The word "Exo" comes from "exosphere" suggesting height and an out of the ordinary experience.
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A long drive away from the city, this seaside hotel’s bar overlooks the swimming pool and the sea. You can spend the weekend here and chill in its rustic interiors to Western pop, country, Western classical and regular bar music. It’s a long drive away from the city, but a visit to this seaside hotel is worth the effort. Their unique cocktails (Blue Neon, On Aksa Beach, Sinking Sand, Beach Cooler, Hawaiian Punch) or some interesting mocktails (Shirley Temple, Golden Beach, Senorita, Sun Bathing). Complementary snacks like peanuts and wafers are served with the drinks. DJ Clyde spins here from 8pm to 11.30pm. Try Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Cajun-spiced Potatoes, Nachos with Salsa and Pepper Blasted Chicken as all these starters enjoy repeat orders by patrons.
HAPPY HOURS: 5pm to 8pm