Mumbai’s Playboy Club is India’s Best Nightclub
The Mumbai franchise of the worldwide Playboy Club won the title of India’s Best Night Club at prestigious annual nightlife and bar industry convention held in Mumbai last week in association with Johnnie Walker the Journey. It is quite an achievement for this mid-town Mumbai club considering that it opened doors to patrons only in November last year. It saw off competition from some of the more established night spots from other cities including Myx from Kolkata, Fat Pigeon – Bar Hop from Hyderabad, Bangalore’s Bang, New Delhi’s Kitty Su, Mi-a-Mi from Pune, SinQ from Goa, and Chennai’s Gatsby.
Mumbai has had a long history of nightclubs going back nearly a century, but almost all of them, (besides a few exceptions such as the Studio 29 in the early 1980s, and the Piano Bar in the late 1980s) were invariably located in five star hotels. But in the last ten to fifteen years, most hotels found nightclubs to be a drain on their resources and slowly began phasing them out, which saw the advent of standalone clubs like Fire & Ice as a move to fill the void.
The Playboy Club follows in that tradition of standalone nightclubs. It is located in a former textile mill compound in the city’s Worli area. When it opened in last year, Mumbai joined the likes of London and Chicago with a franchise of the famous American men’s brand with the bunny logo. The striking looking place is spread over 8000 sq ft and can accommodate more than 800 people at given time.
What stands out is its 1980s style retro glass and chrome décor, complete with strobe lights, reflecting disco balls, over the top glass chandeliers, golden sofas, and laser beams framed against a massive dance floor. Adjacent is a private room designed like a mock-library, and in the foyer is a champagne bar. The owners are quite clear about the kind of crowd they want to attract. They want to cater to a well-heeled slightly older crowd.
As Bobby Mukherjee, one of the co-owners of the club was quoted telling an industry website a few months ago, “We cater to the crème de la crème of Mumbai, the kind that enjoys and can afford luxury. A close-knit elite crowd that wants to socialise, drink and dance, away from a younger crowd that is today found in most of the bars across the city.”
The cocktail menu at the club boasts of some eclectic poison including the Blonde Bunny (Baileys, cream and banana), Rich and Famous (single malt, smoked apple and hazelnut syrup) and the Frisky Rabbit (vodka, mulberry jam, and flowers). While the cuisine is an amalgamation of South-East Asian, European and Indian cuisines, comprising signature dishes such as the spicy har gau dumplings, asparagus tempura maki, grilled sea bass and lasagne, among other delights.
Where: Playboy Club, Birla Centurion, Gate No.2, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli | Ph: 84548 81609