Entertainment Venues~Clubs, Discos, Bars and Cabaret

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A huge thank you to Bosco D’souza for getting this list started and a special appreciation to Michael Ali for his invaluable input.  Michael, you truly are a wealth of information.

I would also like to thank Menin Rodrigues, Nona Vanderlowen, Adrian Fletcher, Robert D’cruz, Sylvester D’souza, Theresa Barrett and Maxwell Dias for their feedback).

Clubs, Discos, Bars and Cabaret (in alphabetical order)

007 DISCO~ Beach Luxury Hotel: which featured Johnny Lion and the Jumping Jewels from the Netherlands… Eddie Carripiet also featured them on his show at Radio Pakistan

2001 DISCO~ Beach Luxury Hotel

3 ACES RESTAURANT~ Opp the Central Hotel

AGHA’S TAVERN~ (North Western Hotel) Beaumont Road behind PIDC

ASIATIC WINE STORES~ on Inverity Road besides Subhani Restaurant

BAR~ at the Carlton Hotel on Lily/Bonus Road

BAR~ at the Bristol Hotel

BAR OF THE CENTRAL HOTEL~ at Merewether Road (near the old Japan Airlines office)

BAR OF THE MONA-LISA HOTEL~ at Cantt Station besides the bus stop

BIG DADDY’S RESTAURANT

CASANOVA~ Taj Mahal Hotel

CASABLANCA~ Plaza Hotel

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

COLUMBUS HOTEL

DISCOTHEQUE~ Metropole Hotel

EMPRESS BAR~ on Mansfield Street

HORSESHOE RESTAURANT

HOSTELLERIE DE FRANCE~ Owned by Air France

IMPERIAL HOTEL~ on Moulvi Tamizuddin Khan Road (previously known as Queens Road)

IMPERIAL WINE STORES~ on Elphinstone Street

JAVED WINE STORES~ besides the Hideout on Clifton Road

JHAROKA AND ALMAS RESTAURANT~ Hotel Regent Plaza

JULIANA’S~ Holiday Inn Karachi (now Marriott)

KANU WINE STORES~ corner of Palace Cinema

KANWAL~Mehran Hotel

KARACHI BOAT CLUB

KARACHI GYMKHANA

KARACHI SIND CLUB

LIDO ~ Excelsior Hotel (corner of Zaibun Nisa Street) Grandfather Sunny Dias played there and met with Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto several 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.

LIQUOR STORES in the Saddar area

LE-GOURMET~Besides the PIDC Opp. and opposite the Palace (now Movenpic Hotel)

LE MARQUIS DISCOTHEQUE (at Sheraton and now Movenpic Hotel)

MARINA BAR ~ in the premises of Palm Grove Hotel opp. Rio Cinema

MERCHANT NAVY

MIDWAY HOUSE

MONDI’S ~ ( current Bread Center) BAR

NASREEN ROOM~ Intercontinental Hotel

PIRATE’S ISLE~TAJ MAHAL HOTEL

OASIS~ Taj Hotel (later became the PLAYBOY CLUB)

PALACE HOTEL~ on Club Road (later Sheraton and now Movenpic Hotel)

RITZ~ opp. Paradise Cinema BAR

ROMA SHABANA~ was on Frere ROAD

SAMAR~ Hotel Metropole

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER DISCO~ Avari

SHANGRILA RESTAURANT~ Palace Hotel (later Sheraton and now Movenpic Hotel)

SHERATON~ Lobby and Albustan (Now Movenpic Hotel)

SIND WINE STORES~ on Frere Street (Catholic Owned)

SKY ROOM~ Airport

TAJ HOTEL~ on Ziauddin Ahmed Road (Opp. Karachi Club)

THE HUT~ at ZELINS on the intersection of M A Jinnah Road.  The disco was owned by Mr Fazalbhoy and his wife Dr Zarina Fazalbhoy where the Dad’s Gratitude played in the early 70s.

TODDY/COUNTRY LIQUOR BAR ~ besides United Bakery on Frere Street

U-BAR ~ opp Brooke Memorial Church

VILLAGE RESTAURANT

WINNER’S BAR ~ on Frere or Napier Street

WOODS AND CAVES RESTAURANT

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

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4 thoughts on “Entertainment Venues~Clubs, Discos, Bars and Cabaret

  1. Guys good one, down memory lane, the cavalier was at pearl manor Clifton by poncho, I saw benazeer there with fizaan peerzada and poncho. I was an early member, just behind maxims in Clifton in late 70,s.
    Man Clifton breeze by night was fresh, and empty space and boat basin road next to kundan was now started to be laid.
    Also Big daddy’s arount St Joseph Saddar, the club if u recall.
    And of course julianas holiday inn and chingari in shear ton, horse shoe on drigh road(shah RA e Faisal).

    Forgot the band we 5 with aka the drummer, also played with alamgir.

  2. Hi everyone, I was amzed to find out accidently while brouzing Google about the Rock scene going in Karachchi..being a member of a facebook group covering Srilanka, Indian & Singapore Rock band scene in the 60’s & 70’s and I never knew that you guys have so much of interest in many genre of Music during that time…I wonder how is the Band scene in Karachchi these days are they still on to it…I hope. Let me post some of your Band Pics & recordings on our FB…do you guys have any covers done by local Bands ..Led zepplin, Jimmy Hendricks ,Pink Floyd ,Qeen & etc…..? Great stuff & keep it up. – Ravi Jinadasa

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