Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ladies Who Lunch: Mumbai Nights at AER!

After a very busy day sightseeing in Mumbai, it was back to our hotel to shower and change for the evening.  Being more akin to Europe, in that people tend to dine later in the evening, we went in search of a hip Mumbai place to end the day with a drink and unwind.  Lucky for us, my good friend who lives in Mumbai is up on all of the hot spots and suggested we meet at Aer  in the Four Seasons Hotel in the section of town known as Worli.  
Located roughly mid-point from our hotel and where my friend was coming from, we hopped in a cab and headed over.  In the process, we experienced Mumbai rush hour traffic, which slowed down all progress to a crawl.  After the 1 1/2 hour cab ride that it took to go a relatively short distance, we were ready for that first drink!

Taking the elevator to the top floor, I had no idea what to expect.  The mirror and glass staircase leading up to the 34th floor rooftop lounge has a very clubby feel to it, hinting at what awaits you ahead.  Decorated with sleek minimalist furniture in cozy groupings and sectional areas, Aer has a modern luxe feel to it.  The lighting continuously changes the atmosphere from blue to pink, green or purple, giving it a modern club vibe.

The crowd at Aer was an interesting mix of Ex-Pats, Mumbai businessmen and Bollywood celebs, most definitely the BPs of Mumbai (Beautiful People).  The drinks are good, the atmosphere congenial, and the clientele beautiful, but the real star of Aer is the view.  Offering a panoramic view of old and new Mumbai,  the glittering lights of the city lie beneath you and the skyscraper canyons surrounding you are breathtaking.  I am a true city boy and I like nothing more than a gorgeous urban view.  Aer delivers that and more.

We spent a few hours taking in the view and chatting over drinks as darkness enveloped Mumbai.  A perfect place to begin the evening!With a final look at the city that was lying in wait for us, it was time to take off for some of Mumbai’s fine dining and continue creating a memorable evening.

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