Mumbai may have earned its moniker as the city that never sleeps, but its otherwise low-profile cousin can safely say the night is still young in Pune! A truly diverse youthful population and easily traversable distances make Pune a strong player in the nightlife stakes. If you are looking for recommendations on where to get the party started, here are our top picks for Pune’s best party places...
SWIG: PERFECT FOR THE INDIE-HEAD
Savour a Johnnie Walker or call for their signature Jägermeister Mojito and lie back in the dim fuchsia glow of this cosy and popular nightspot in Koregaon Park. The food is good (their Keema Pao, Jalapeño-Cheese Beignets and Chicken Sliders can keep rowdy stomachs placated for hours) and there’s a foosball table on hand too — but it’s the music that takes centre stage here. Spanning Underground, Indian Classical, Sufi, Fusion and more, Swig’s tunes of choice and line-up of performers is eclectic. They also host monthly art nights, where artists collaborate with musicians. The results keep Swig’s hipster patrons flocking in.
1 LOUNGE: PERFECT FOR THE OPEN-AIR AFICIONADO
Feel claustrophobic shaking your booty under mega-watt lights in an enclosed space? Head to Mundhwa to enjoy the leafy environs of 1 Lounge; one of the grooviest places to catch up with friends post-work and hang around till the dance floor heats up. DJs are known to be partial to the latest Bollywood tracks — Masala Coke on the bar menu should clue you in to the desi vibe — but the mean mutton Galouti Kababs coming out of their kitchen will keep you coming back for more.
Call +919014105898 now to book a table.
18 DEGREES: PERFECT FOR THE ALL-ROUNDER
Drink? Dance? Eat? Impress? It’s all on the menu at this rooftop resto-bar, which has taken rustic Pimple Saudagar more than a few notches up on the glam scale. Spread over several thousand square feet, 18 Degrees plays host to three theme restaurants and lounges on different levels. The Bali-inspired Beehive Greens is lush with private gazebos and swings, encouraging you to party without a care in the world. The rather exotic Breeze Arabia is ideal to order a mezze platter and catch up with business associates. Whichever setting you choose, we suggest you settle in with some Cîroc and rock the night away!
MI A MI: PERFECT FOR THE COOL KIDS
This swanky basement club at the JW Marriott in Pune stays open till 2 am and is a riot on Saturdays; but you can drop in on any night of the week to catch the who’s who of Pune’s young and restless brigade. While the décor is garage-grunge, the company is anything but! With private enclosures, risqué white beds, an island bar, a shots bar and a glittering dance floor rocking with Progressive Techno House, Mi A Mi takes its name very seriously. Great service and memorable cocktails justify the price tag and if you are willing to dish out the big bucks, then take our advice and dress the part!
KUE BAR: PERFECT FOR THE WILD THING
Sign up for Pilates classes and swing your hips even during the day, because you’re going to need the practice post-sundown at this rocking club at The Westin. Pop art on the walls and intelligent lighting compliment the thumping music and hot moves on the dance floor, while the space comes alive under a multitude of colour changing LEDs. Take a break at the stylish long bar with a Lick ‘n’ Promise — their signature cocktail — while you nosh on treats including Batata Vada Lollypops and Gongura Chicken Wings.
Call +919158889307 now to make reservations.
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