From Tito’s in Goa to Monkey Bar and Social, the men behind some of the biggest brands in the nightlife industry of the country and members of the advisory board of the newly-introduced India Nightlife Convention & Awards (INCA), talk to us about the party scene in India and where it is heading:
Mumbai-based consultant, Dilip Joshi—who conceptualised projects like Bling in Mumbai —feels that travel and exposure has made a big difference to the industry, with people emulating what they see abroad. It has lead to the opening of many places today that are on par with international standards, he says.
St Tropez in South of France
Memorable nightlife experience: Back in 2008, in Poison nightclub, we had over 50 girls dancing on the bartop. That’s when I realised that India has woken up to partying.
If you have ever been to Goa (for business or pleasure) then Tito’s is a name you must have come across. The man behind the brand, Dilip Joshi, feels that the party scene sees more action now as there are bigger acts and bigger DJs being brought down and more advertising, thanks to social media.
His party spot: London
Memorable nightlife experience: Privilege in Ibiza where they got trapeze artists. They were dressed as birds with gold dust on their bodies—like a full-on circus. This was 15-20 years ago. I’ve always tried to improve my place by looking at something like that.
Mumbai-based restaurateur Riyaaz Amlaani (Salt Water Café, Smoke House Deli, Social), believes that a very vibrant creative industry scene (theatre, music performances, bars, museums) is the key. “You need to make cities pedestrian friendly and you need to make people enjoy public spaces,” Amlaani says.
His party spot: Hong Kong Memorable nightlife experience: RG’s on Marine Drive. It has many fond memories for me because I spent a lot of my growing up years there. I met my first girlfriend there.
AD Singh, the name behind brands like Olive, Guppy by ai, Monkey Bar, Olive Bistro, Sodabottleop-enerwala, believes that rules, timings and other restrictions of open areas are very important.
“The nightlife has changed from dancing and more hard partying to more lounging, relaxing and chatting,” he says.
His party spot: Barcelona
Memorable nightlife experience: December 31, 1999, when the millennium was changing, we were at a party at Jimmy Gazdar in Goa. It was a lovely fort and I proposed to my wife that night.
— Simar Bhasin