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Apart from hosting partygoers at night, several new clubs in the city are making serious efforts to impress food lovers during the day.
If one walks into Rhino in Gurgaon during the day, it's easy to be lulled into thinking that one has entered a fine-dining restaurant — given the clean lines of dark woodwork banded with copper, wall-to-wall windows and the commodious spacing chock-full with tables and booths. The extensive menu, which pays a cheerful homage to world cuisine, and the elaborate beverage list comprising a wide variety of wine, stellar scotches, single malts and space-age cocktails (made using molecular gastronomy methods) — all strengthen the belief.
However, once the sun sets, the restaurant sees a dramatic change in clientele. Sober men in business suits and happy families give way to fashionistas in high heels and short numbers and guys in Ed Hardy T-shirts. The music, which is quiet rock during the day, goes up a few decibel levels, with a different genre being played each night. Welcome to Delhi's latest trend in hospitality entertainment: the all-day club.
"We were looking to open a space which is great to hang around and also offers a holistic experience," says Arfin Zukof, project partner at Rhino, who came up with the entire concept of Rhino and firmly refers to his "baby" as just a club, no night in sight. He adds, "We wanted a place which wasn't intrusive or exclusive. We've worked on all the facets of entertainment — from the wining and dining to music and the general ambience. Right now, we only have live music during the night, but within three months, we want to have it during the day as well. This is to assure visitors the same experience, whether they are coming for lunch during the day or to party during the night."
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