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What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista

Spanish high

Hostesses at the Cinco de Mayo night at Elbo Room

Tequila cocktails did the rounds at Elbo Room as Aspri Spirits presented the Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for ‘fifth of May’) night. In full flow were the Don Angel tequila margaritas among guests like Chunky Pandey, Acquin Pais and Gabriella Demetriades. You were spoilt for choice with a range of margaritas, from watermelon to frozen peach, fresh strawberry, fresh plum, pineapple, kiwi, jalapeno and even a mango margarita. The talk was on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, originated among Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.

Merry mix

Candice Pinto at the 100 Pipers Vh1 Sound Nation music awards at Hard Rock Café

Food and beverage go together. And when two brands combine to offer you this F&B treat you know you are in for a good time. This was the case as 100 Pipers, the Scotch whisky from the house of Seagram, and the famed Hard Rock Café joined hands at the 100 Pipers Vh1 Sound Nation Music Awards at Hard Rock Café. Guests sipped 100 Pipers and enjoyed the tasty hors d’oeuvres from Hard Rock Café. It was a first-of-its-kind multi-genre music extravaganza that witnessed 28 artists and bands perform at 23 gigs over a span of 10 days that finally ended at this awards night. Hosted by Cyrus Sahukar and Ramona Arena, awards were given across various categories and genres and presented by the likes of Shonali Nagrani, Carol Gracias and Gary Lawyer.

Spirited soiree

Guests at the Mir spirits party at Gallops

On the spirits front the city witnessed the launch of two new vodka brands – the 15 times distilled Russian Spirit and the nine times distilled Kruto. The launch party at Gallops at the racecourse was hosted by Mir Spirits who encouraged guests to sip and savour these two premium vodka brands and at the same time to live it up at the completion of three successful years of Salt brand solutions. Guests included former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen and fashion designer Shaahid Amir. It was a night of vodka shots and cocktails doing the rounds, followed by dinner.

Chain reaction

Mark and Alesia Raut at the launch of Dunkin’ Donuts

Foodies rejoiced as they had a bite of those famous doughnuts along with a choice of burgers, wraps, sandwiches, bites and salads at the launch of Dunkin’ Donuts on Linking Road. Teas and coffees were also on offer as also fine wine and champagne. The mood was upbeat that the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chain had come to town, registering its presence not just on Linking Road in Khar but also at Phoenix Marketcity in Kurla, brought to you by Jubilant FoodWorks.


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