Last Saturday saw city’s most famous faces partying into the darker hours of the night, a rarity, given the 1am official deadline that is killing Mumbai’s once legendary nightlife.

Last Saturday saw city’s most famous faces partying into the darker hours of the night, a rarity, given the 1am official deadline that is killing Mumbai’s once legendary nightlife.Industrialist Ness Wadia hosted a raging sundowner, with over a hundred friends toasting the upcoming nuptials of a friend at his residence, the Beach House in Prabhadevi, and on the other end of the private party spectrum, model-turned-actor Dino Morea kicked off an exclusive, invitees only, pop-up nightclub, called the Playground, replete with shiny disco balls, at the Four Seasons hotel in Worli that had Bollywood’s hottest names — Hrithik Roshan, Karan Johar, Ayan Mukherji and Kangna Ranaut — amidst another 450 champagne- and cocktail-loving guests, in attendance. And the Four Seasons is known for its stellar cocktails!Whilst Ness’ party was quintessentially private and on the down low, with a very discreet South Mumbai crowd hitting the bar, Dino’s was private but with a price tag attached. “Mumbai needs a nightlife desperately, so my business partner Vishal Shetty and I formed the Playground, to give people who love a good party just that. We started the first pop-up nightclub in collaboration with the Four Seasons, wherein we turned the ballroom of the hotel into a nightclub that invoked the lost vibe of the city’s most famous discotheque, 1900s and the beloved Fire N’ Ice nightclub. If you are on the list that I curate, the nightclub is yours to enjoy for the night with small eats and a running tab from the Four Seasons menu, like you would at a nightclub anywhere else,” says Dino.”It was a massive success, with everyone loving the concept of a nightclub popping up inside a contemporary hotel and my friend Nandita Mahtani (who he has been dating forever!) helped me tremendously with redesigning the interiors of the ballroom for the same, and we intend to pop up all over Mumbai.”Ness’ sundowner went on way past the tequila sunrise hours and Dino’s nightclub played its last song at 3.30am, but the mood at both parties was undeniably very “A little party never killed nobody, we’re gonna dance until we drop,” from the title track of the Baz Lurhmann film, The Great Gatsby.Mumbai has always loved a good party, with or without a price tag attached!

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Of sundowners and pop-up nightclubs!