‘Live Music’ Venues in Karachi ~ by Bosco Dsouza

© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

Bosco Dsouza compiled this list for us and we had some LMK members that provided additional information ~ see below.

2001 DISCO-BEACH LUXURY HOTEL

3 ACES RESTAURANT

BIG DADDY’S RESTAURANT

CASANOVA – TAJ MAHAL HOTEL

CASABLANCA – PLAZA HOTEL

COLUMBUS HOTEL

DISCOTHEQUE – METROPOLE HOTEL

DISCO – ZELINS RESTAURANT

HORSESHOE RESTAURANT

KANWAL – MEHRAN HOTEL

KARACHI BOAT CLUB

KARACHI GYMKHANA

KARACHI SIND CLUB

LIDO –  EXCELSIOR HOTEL

MERCHANT NAVY

MIDWAY HOUSE

NASREEN ROOM – INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL

PIRATE’S ISLE –  TAJ MAHAL HOTEL

SAMAR – HOTEL METROPOLE

SKY ROOM – AIRPORT

VILLAGE RESTAURANT

WOODS AND CAVES RESTAURANT

This is the list I can remember in alphabetical order, if anyone knows please add. ~ Bosco Dsouza

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Contributed by Maxwell Dias

Roma Shabana ~ on Frere Street

Excelsior Hotel (corner of Zaibun Nisa Street) ~ They used to have a bar/night club where a lot of distinguished people visited.  My father Sunny Dias played there and met Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto many times in the early sixties.

The bar would serve all sorts of local and foreign drinks and the night club would entertain the guests with cabaret.

Imperial Hotel ~ on Moulvi Tamizuddin Khan Road (previously known as Queens Road)

Taj Hotel ~ on Ziauddin Ahmed Road (Opp. Karachi Club)

Palace Hotel (now Sheraton) ~ on Club Road

UBar ~ just before St. Andrew’s Church Zaibunnisa Street

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Contributed by Theresa Barrett

The Hut ~ at Zelins on the intersection of M A Jinnah Road

Taj Hotel ~ where well known politicians used to frequent. This is going back maybe late 60s.

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Contributed by Michael Ali

The night club at the Taj was called the Oasis and later it became the Playboy Club.  There was another night club on the same road besides the PIDC opp. the Palace and it was called Le Gourmet.

Also the Beach Luxury had one at 007 which featured Johnny Lion and the Jumping Jewels from the Netherlands… among the songs they played were Tra la la Suzie, Devil Woman etc.  Eddie Carripiet also featured them on his show at Radio Pakistan.

Roma Shabana was on Frere ROAD not STREET. (correection)

Cavalier ~ A disco in Hotel Plaza (Cantt) run by Bhutto’s nephew, Poncho and his English wife, Stephanie.

The bars were:

Ritz ~ opp. Paradise Cinema

Mondi’s ~ ( current Bread Center)

Winner’s Bar ~ on Frere or Napier Street

Marina Bar ~ in the premises of Palm Grove Hotel opp. Rio Cinema

U-Bar ~ opp Brooke Memorial Church

Empress Bar ~ on Mansfield Street

Bar ~ at the Carlton Hotel on Lily/Bonus Road

Bar ~ at the Bristol Hotel

Agha’s Tavern ~ (North Western Hotel) Beaumont Road behind PIDC

Toddy/country liquor bar ~ besides United Bakery on Frere Street

Bar of the Mona-Lisa Hotel ~ at Cantt Station besides the bus stop

Bar of the Central Hotel ~ at Merewether Road ( near the old Japan Airlines office)

Liquor Stores in the Saddar area

AsiaticWine Stores on Inverity Road besides Subhani Restaurant

Imperial Wine Stores on Elphinstone Street

Sind Wine Stores on Frere Street (Catholic Owned)

Kanu Wine Stores corner of Palace Cinema

Javed Wine Stores besides the Hideout on Clifton Road

This was the Karachi I knew in my youth…all this is from memory…so correct me if I missed out on any. Warm regards,

Mike

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Contributed by Adrian Fletcher

Plaza Hotel (Cantt Station) the disco on the Roof Top

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Contributed by Nona DeSouza Vanderlowen

The disco owned by Mr Fazalbhoy and his wife Dr Zarina Fazalbhoy in Zelins was The Hut where the Dad’s Gratitude played in the early 70s.

The place at the airport owned by Air France was Hostellerie de France.

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Contributed by Robert D’Cruz Lobby and Albustan Dinning hall (Sheraton)

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Contributed by Sylvester D’souza 

Rooftop, lobby and Shangrila Rest.(Avari)

Saturday Night Fever Disco @ Dinshaw Hal. (Avari).

Jharoka and Almas Restaurant - (Hotel Regent Plaza).

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Contributed by Menin Rodrigues 

Juliana’s at Holiday Inn Karachi (now Marriott)

Le Marquis Discotheque at Sheraton

3-Aces – Opp the Central Hotel

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