On a rainwashed evening, UB City is a spectacle. Its glittering spires cut through the cool air, jagged as diamonds. As you approach and its doors slide open to reveal an expanse of marble and gold, you feel the thrill of possibility. Anything, you think, could happen tonight. Young women click across the polished floor in beautiful dresses and high heels; young men pad softly towards the lifts. There’s laughter, an injunction to hurry. There’s the sense of urgency, of a night that has already begun to pass into memory, and they want to make the most of it.
Upstairs, in Shiro, the giant, calm face of a Buddha presides over everything. Waiters weave expertly between the tables carrying plates of beautifully arranged sushi and sashimi. A woman sips Merlot; her companion drinks a cocktail. A group of friends toasts someone’s birthday before settling down to prawn dumplings. A teppanyaki chef sets up his griddle before of a couple, dazzling them with knife stunts, while businessmen lean languidly against the bar.
In City Bar, one floor below, something quite different is happening. The food has shifted geographically, now you can smell skewers of lamb being grilled and can order falafel pizza. The music is louder. The space is open and expansive, there are no walls, and the dance floor beckons.
But the jewel in the crown of UB City nightlife, undoubtedly, is Skyye. True to its name, there is nothing between you and that crisp Bangalore air as you walk the blue-lit floors to the circular bar at the centre. People lounge on the white sofas that line the balcony. Inside, the DJs bend over their console, their faces rapt with the music. A girl throws up her arms; this is the song she loves. You spend some time here, feeling the beat rise fast through the floor and spread through your body like a warm glow, like happiness, and then you wander back outside, where you notice with wonder that the floor has changed from blue to darkest purple, matching the colour of the night sky.
Caption: UB City at night
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