Known as the festival of colours and love, this free-for-all carnival of gulal, pichkaris, and water balloons is celebrated every year by millions nationwide, making India the biggest painting canvas on Holi! And we all love to party, don’t we? From hip-shaking dance moves to impressive improv drinking games, Holi is the icing on top of the “fun” cake. But after the all-day-rager where “rang” and “bhaang” has “barsoed”, this Holi party has left you a multicoloured face, new kitchen washcloths for your bai (made from cutting your splendid Holi party outfit of course!) and a mad mad hangover. All you want to do is spend some quality downtime, relax, have a beer or two and do a full second-by-second teardown of the Holi party. #Truestory
If you happen to be in the beautiful city of Pune during Holi, then here are the top 8 unwinding spots where you can maximise your chill.
The Flying Saucer, Viman Nagar
If open air terraces are your thing, then you have arrived in terrace heaven. You heard that right! Heaven. Sprawled over a massive space and armed with cozy sofas, sheeshas and pink drinks, it has all the necessary vibes for a good unwinding. Get a beer bucket, a big bowl of fries and make it your best friend for the night!
Independence Brewing Company, Mundhwa
Freshly brewed German Weissbrau, some bar nibbles and warm ambiance is the perfect loung-y recipe. This place has 8 fresh brews at any point of time (California Pale Ale is the bomb!) and a host of cuisines to give you culinary company. From Chicken Chettinad to an Ethiopian Samboosa, bring friends along and drown your troubles in a large pitcher! Or better still, start planning next year’s party already!
Habibi, Koregaon Park
Mediterranean food at its best and cheapest. Music to your ears, isn’t it? Fresh off the grill prawns, lava stone lime vegetables, tatziki and other house specialities makes Habibi a personal favourite. The ambiance is typically Saharan with tents and cushions on the inside and a cosy outdoor seating. Give in to the desert vibe, grab your lovely lady and settle down nice and easy. A pocket-friendly place, especially if Holi has given you the “overspending” blues!
A little ways down the road from Habibi is the serene calmness that is the Shisha Cafe. You could literally sit there for hours and not feel a bored bone in your body! And if you are especially lucky to catch a Jazz performance or two, I’d say your day is pretty much made. Pune’s premier chill zone complete with hanging carpets, lazy sofas and cheap fresh beer, I’d say it could very well be your second home! Apple, mint, lemon shishas with some great conversation and kababs, sounds like my idea of a perfect evening!
A no-nonsense bar that has happy hours till 9 pm on almost all days! It has a foosball table and a wooden high-chair table setting on the outside. If you ever want to spend some time by yourself unwinding, Swig is quiet and has a super friendly staff. Easy on your wallet and ears too!
The Little Door, Kalyani Nagar
Fresh off its Mumbai success, The Little Door in Pune is just as good, if not better. Step through the blue door to enjoy a supreme selection of hearty dishes (Greek Salad, Shwarmas, Spanish Wings, yum!), funny-named cocktails and a colourful ambiance. A pretty place for a Sex-and-the-City kinda gossipy evening!
High Spirits, Koregaon Park
How can I leave Pune’s pride, High Spirits out of this list? Sacre bleu! A joint like no other, High Spirits is where you want to be every night of the week, post-Holi party or not! Cheap drinks, great food and a super friendly setting makes this the permanent chill spot in Pune. And sometimes there is Karaoke too! Catch some deep house, get a glass of Sangria and fade into the weekend.
Hope this year’s Holi brings you and your family much joy, happiness and laughter! So get ready to party it up and down and make this year a super colourful masterpiece! Kyunki, Holi hai!!
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