Experience Blackout in Jaipur
Ambica Gulati
Well… an invite to Jaipur… it’s probably going to be one of those ‘please the foreign tourists’ kind of affair, I thought to myself. A done this, seen this kind of new restaurant… But I didn’t know I was going to end up dancing and wishing the night wasn’t over at Blackout.
It was Thursday and Ladies night at Jaipur’s newest rooftop lounge cum nightclub cum eat out family place—Blackout. And DJ Aadi (aka Aaditya Ankit Huku) had been invited to make the party rock. His instructions: no Punjabi, no Bollywood!
Divya Nair, Palak Dua and me on a platform high above the city, the lights of the Nahargarh Fort beckoning us, a glass of Mushy Love in my hand, Greek Salad and Chicken Chaat on the table, we listened to the music, heads shaking, feet tapping.
DJ Aadi
Letting loose on Ladies Night
And then Palak decided to join the party downstairs, DJ Aadi was in full swing and the crowd was shaking and finding space to dance. Couples and friends were having a rocking time. None seemed to be bothered about the other, but three architecture students—Chavi, Vimi and Chitrang—joined us for a short chat.
Blackout wasn’t even remotely what I had perceived it to be. Japiur has changed as has the rest of the country. The local youth love partying hard but are well behaved. The girls and guys look for a decent fun place with no sleazy behaviour and Blackout gives them that.
While the six of us chatted, shoulders and heads shaking, Palak decided to get us some blue syringe shots…It had to go down in one go. The effect: Everyone wanted to do more shaking and leg moving this time, as DJ Aadi kept the party going.
A fun place, this terrace lounge, rooftop nightclub, all day coffee shop styled restaurant is certainly a place that could be anywhere in the world. It’s very chic but family-oriented at the same time. It’s not hard disc but a place for being anywhere, anytime to enjoy a chat, dance or drink and eat.
Abhishek Singh, the man behind the venture, told us that this was Jaipur’s elite locality and his dream was to give Jaipur a completely standalone chilled out, relaxing place. The décor is not minimalist but blends beautifully. There are gazebos and high platforms. The city lights look glorious at night. The music system is the best, as the DJ told us. The blacks and the whites of the gazebos are attractive as the night lights shine bright.
The multi-cuisine menu ranges from Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian and more. On offer are Vietnamese Sugarcane Prawns, English Beer-Battered Fish Fingers, Butterfly Prawns Pil Pil, Leg and Peg, Grilled Basa with Mash Potatoes and Lemon Caper Sauce, The Blackout Creme brûlée and it goes on.
We did try a bit of everything and definitely cosmo flavours and tastes is my verdict.
Syringe shots
Mushy Love
Beers, wines, regular drinks, and cocktails make up the bar menu—to name a few Riders on the Stone, Mushy Love, Chilly Hot Chocolate Shot, Classic Spanish Sangria, Tequila Sunset.
There are options for the non-alcoholics too from juices to soft drinks and mocktails.
Blackout is the promise that this evolving incredible India offers to anyone visiting the Pink City.
Meal for two at Blackout: Rs 2,000 with Alcohol
Address: 9th Floor, Ahinsa Circle, C-Scheme, Jaipur
Timings: 12noon to 12midnight
Contact for reservations: +91 9928116900
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View of the city from Golden Oak
Blackout is not the only hospitality venture Abhishek Singh offers, on the eighth floor of the same building is a boutique hotel, Golden Oak. This is where we stayed. Done in black and white, the hotel is very comfortable and has around 20 rooms. Two even have an aquarium. The best part is that each room offers a different view of the city. The quality of service, the staff, quality of things, all really good. The hotel has a tie-up with a nearby spa—Aura Thai Spa—where you can unwind after you have explored the pink city’s treasures. The hotel can even offer a tour package to the places to see.
We also did a day’s sightseeing. Though I have seen the city many times, every time there’s something new to be seen and done.
So, the chef packed us some sandwiches and rolls and juice. And we were off in our cab. Chander Singh who belongs to Jaipur took us first to a place to shop—a three storey store seeing Rajasthan local stuff. Then we went to Jaigarh Fort, where we saw the largest canon in Asia, a store, museum of weapons. This fort is managed by the royal family still.
A little one eats on the road from Jaigarh to Amber Fort
The weapons are interesting, as they are old swords, daggers and each weapon has a mantra for it. A temple of Hari and Bhairav in the fort is what keeps the blessings of the divine with the family
Then we were off to Amer fort. We saw a baoli on the way up, a Shiva temple, Meera temple, and then the fort. The interesting bit is that the tunnel which connects the two forts has now been fully restored. This is something I need to do next time in Jaipur.
View from Amer Fort
We wanted to hang around for the light and sound show, but the heat had got to us, so saying our goodbyes and taking the blessings of the Goddess Kali who guards this fort, we came down to the old bazaar. While Palak and Diva shopped their hearts out buying bangles and sarees and dupattas, I looked at the pink lights of the fountain and an old, old banyan tree.
Banyan tree on the bazaar crossing
Tired, but we enjoyed a round of drinks at Blackout, and back to Delhi in the early morning Double Decker train. Now that’s a journey you must experience. Chai, coffee, chips, biscuits, bread omelette, vegetable cutlets, all vendors keep doing the rounds. And you experience the times gone by, wondering why the airplane was ever invented as train journeys have so much character. But this needs another post.
Goodbye Jaipur!
Golden Oak
Address: 9th Floor, Ahinsa Circle, C-Scheme, Jaipur
Tariff: Single Occupancy Rs 4,000; Double Occupancy Rs 5,000 plus taxes