Party All Night

Party%20All%20Night.jpgPakistan is officialy dry but still few clubs are there, most of them private but few operated by leading hotels. Most of their clients are foreigners and elite class. In big cities like Karachi and Lahore there are many clubs. But few also exist in Islamabad. One of them is “The Bassment” at Marriott Islamabad.

“The Bassment” was previously known as “Muddys”. This is where you experience the modern side of Islamabad’s night life. Girls n guys of higher upper class and elites could also be found here dancing and socializing. On the outside you can see smartly dressed bouncers to keep trouble off the deck. You can single them out by their big muscles and black attire.

On New Year’s Eve, special arrangements are made by hotel and security is very strict. So you might be searched and/or investigated by security personnel before you enter the club. You can also expect refusal to entry. For hotel residents, Rs.1000 ( $18 approx) is entry fee per couple. For others its Rs. 1,500 ( $25 approx) per couple. On special events like New Year, higher rates could be expected. On special occasions due to rush “stags” (single men) are not allowed. It is better that you take your own significant other there, because you rarely find loners. If you are lucky, you might find someone that might give you company on the floor.

Wear sensible outfit which covers your body parts. Smart and comfortable attire would certainly get you some attention.

(Note: Reposting from some of my older “guest” posts because the older ones had to be deleted as per ISB MB policy)

11 Comments so far

  1. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 8:07 am
  2. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 9:13 am

    Thanks for the info Sa’ad. We usually go to Royal Palm, Lahore for the New Year’s Bash but might just give this a shot this year.

    Of course not Sa’ad. This story is completely true and quite a norm. The one who wrote this story is probably not used to such a culture or gathering because the level of observation and detail she pens down speaks for itself.

    PS: Coke and Booze is a lethal combination and so is Ecstacy and Booze. So if any one of you is planning to have a good time, please make sure you keep that in mind while you are on a buzz. (and no this is not from personal experience but lots of observation and from rushing many stupid friends to the hospital lol)

    Happy Partying! ;)


  3. 1967 (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    It’s a question of choice always. Those who want to go these parties can do so by all means, and those who do not, nothing forces them into it. However, freedom of choice should always be there. I agree with Fauzan that for someone who has been to such occassion for the first time it would be definitely a queasy experience to share. But then I have seen people agape on watching people climbing mountains as well. It’s human nature, genetics has a lot to do with it. Secondly it shouldn’t be of surprize that ivy league institutions like MIT, Yale, and Brown host such on campuss parties, many of them being “au naturel”. Regardless of them being right or wrong, it’s more of a question of freedom of choice.


  4. Phil (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    O! (Mullah) Brother Were Arth Thou? (sarcasm)

    I have only heard of this place. Thanks to the permiscousity of our society, and my shielded nature, I am no where near being the ‘person’ that might be able to step into one.

    I think the article Sa’ad posted was about some gal going to a private dance party and shit… blah blah. Dont care.

    Btw, its the second time The Bassment is the topic on this blog.


  5. Phil (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

    Whoops sorry, my bad, khekhekhe… :D It WAS Mr. Asim back then too ;)


  6. Yahya (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 1:05 am

    “Wear sensible outfit which covers your body parts”

    Can I wear a brown bag over head or is a baklava necessary?


  7. Yahya (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    Phil my man, as the article suggests, you haven’t been born yet. Too bad when I used to live in Lahore there was nothing like this as far as I am aware except for *very* exclusive circles so couldn’t be born myself.


  8. Phil (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 2:46 am

    Yahya, I hope you dont mean to say attending a dance party or a club is something special to experience? No man, I really consider going out like this degrading to my own self esteem. You know, I dont like letting people in on me (like having a girlfriend, who are complete bitches at the end of it all and require you to literally adopt them for the rest of your lives, etc., etc.), and I like it like this.

    Plus that fact that ‘why people go to clubs and discos’ in itself doesnt settle with me ‘philosophically’. Yeah, I covered it up with something about our society, earlier, but had I been in London or New York, peer pressure etc. would have taken me there more than alot of times even if I had the will not to.

    Its good you never experienced anything like this in Pakistan before leaving for London. Most of us never do, or if we have, its not anyone else’s business…! This is a place for people who have cash to spend, time to waste, and really see it as no big a problem to let themselves loose for a while.

    Mind you, in the context of all this, I have been invited to attend or ‘hit the real shit’ whenever I have visited USA and I have declined them everytime without any good reason ;) Being born doesnt require one to go to clubs and discos, what matters most a reason to live after birth.

    I personally have no problems with people willing to have the cliched ‘good time’. Its their choice, and everyone has to make their own choice. This is a great post and I really dont feel like ruining it for the author here with my ‘does and doesnts’.


  9. anjli (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    pls invite me


  10. emran (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 3:37 am

    Is there anyone who can invite me to new years eve party? I am sick of my routine robotic life. I want to see somthing other then computers… Help me out …..

    Em


  11. Yahya (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 3:49 am

    “Yahya, I hope you dont mean to say attending a dance party or a club is something special to experience?”

    No Phil it was all meant as a joke and light tease. I avoid this even here in UK. Really. :) Paka Musalman. :) You don’t believe me? :)



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