This was our trip down memory lane. We went armed with nostalgia and accompanied by old friends. Ever since ‘Razz Rhino’ reopened last month, a visit has been high on our list of things to do.
What did we expect? Some of the magic of old. The stardust that clubs had back when we partied wildly into the wee hours — think Fire n Ice, J49 and RGs. Those who did, know exactly what we mean.
On any night of the week, you were likely to find Sohail Khan playing pool here. Actors Rohit Roy and Sharad Kapoor were regulars. But don’t be fooled into thinking anyone was at Razzberry Rhinoceros to see or be seen. This was just the place you came to party hard and have a good time — unpretentiously. It was all about the music. It offered the perfect balance of ‘dingy;’ just enough to be considered cool, not cheap.
So, what did we make of the new Razz? To say this Rhino has new stripes is an understatement. There’s almost nothing in common with the Razz of old, apart from the name. The stage (on which YRF casting director Shanoo Sharma was often to be found dancing in the a.m. hours) has moved and shrunk. The outdoor area (where we almost never hung out back in the day) has been turned into a bona fide eatery (we will accept that as an improvement). The pool tables are gone. There’s an indoor bar and a central space where one can dance (though no one was dancing while we were there). By way of recognisable faces, only Siddhanth Kapoor and Sherrin Varghese were visible when we visited.
Now we’re told to expect Zumba classes, a co-working space and film screenings during the daytime —more unmistakable change.
Perhaps we set the bar too high… as one does when revisiting a venue of cherished memories. So the new Razz isn’t like the old Razz. It’s designed to appeal to a new crowd. We can come to terms with that. What’s unforgivable, however, is that on the night we visited, both cocktails and mocktails were in short supply. Want the Mango Masala? No dice. The service was sluggish and on being asked to hurry (after already waiting for 40 minutes), our waiter responded with, “I am not a rocket.” That remark alone ensures we won’t be returning anytime soon. Time to tackle these teething problems, before more customers are forced to bare their fangs!
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