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THE STORY arrived on Gurgaon’s patchy nightclub scene with the promise of being different. At least its catchy launch campaign gave us that feeling. Fortunately for us, it has kept its promise in good measure. This snazzily designed, multi-level nightclub, popular among Delhiites who are forever looking around for relief from their city’s boarding school-like Cinderella hour, opens into a kidney-shaped lounge, leading on to an extensive bar that is kept busy throughout the week. The second level opens into a terrace, a novel feature in these real-estate squeezed times, that offers instant nirvana on a crowded, sweaty night when you are desperate to escape from the impregnable cloud of stale deo. The action can get quite frenetic on that one day of the month when the club has its Bollywood Night (or the HollyBolly Night). A couple of months back, DJ Suketu was at the console; on October 24, Ashish Nagpal will take charge. For serious drinkers, I recommend Trip On Tuesdays, where you can plunge into the Rs.2,000 all-inclusive liquid buffet. On Thursdays, the Ladies Nights, women get unlimited jell-o shots and certain brands of alcohol for free. It can’t get better than this, but make sure you have designated driver. The crowd, thankfully, is grown-up and corporate, so you are not likely to find your teenaged daughter’s with your neighbour’s son.
When one talks about the nightlife of Delhi NCR one thinks of those spectacular bars and trendy nightspots dotted all over the city. These are the bars that gives the city its esteemed reputation by being their classy fabulous self. Part of the city’s glittery landscape is some really luxurious bars which are generally part of some five star hotels, lending the place a stunning backdrop and affluent grand sheen. For Gurgaon ‘STORY Club & Lounge’ was like a breath of fresh air when it arrived on the scene. The bar promised to be a place where you don’t have to rub against the sweaty limbs to reach for your drink. Housed at the plush The Westin Hotel at Sector 29 in Gurgaon, STORY came across as a posh classy space with a corporate client base.
STORY believes in quality, which it delivers through its menus. It carries a superior bar menu encrusted by delectable cocktails and every possible booze label from all around the world. If you are a booze aficionado then you have come to the right place. Dip into their wide range of scotch, tequila, vodka, rum, gin and cognac. But try their delicious cocktails too. Food menu is loaded with finger foods to give your drinks company. Soak up the booze with, pudhina lamb seekh, chilli prawns, stuffed jalapenos tapas, assortment of bruschetta, dahi ke kebab, Spanish lamb meat balls and STORY pappadum cones. Don’t go home hungry. Tuck into, pizza Quattro formaggi, tofu with chilli garlic sauce, tenderloin lasagne, quesadillas, bhuna gosht with onion rice, Thai basil prawns with jasmine rice, STORY barbeque chicken burger and pollo allo spiedo patate e asparagi.
An evening as great as this deserves an equally fantastic finish with an array of scrumptious desserts such as, oreo chilli brownie, kala jamun cheese cake with crunchy carrot and caramel chocolate pie with dark mousse. The variety may be short but mind-blowingly delicious. STORY Club & Lounge owes much of its success to its breath-taking ambience. Get ready to be dazzled by immensely high ceiling and a stylishly designed room to reflect opulence. The feel is entirely modern as this multi-storied bar opens into several levels which includes a snazzy terrace area too.