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Absolut Presented The Telegraph Xmas Eve At The Saturday Club

Mood & music: It was a party as much to dance the night away as it was to nurse your drink, relax with friends and enjoy the winter chill. The party warmed up from the word ‘go’ as Goan dance band Forefront set the merry tone with retro hits like Tide is High, Banana Boat Song, Grease Lightning and La Bamba in between smooth switches to Yeh mera dil and Senorita. European dancers Katrine and Amanda stormed the stage next with their belly- and fire-dancing brilliance and sent the mercury soaring as the crowd rose from their chairs and inched towards the stage armed with cellphone cameras. A laser show grabbed eyeballs as sharp green lights bounced back and forth to create a moving Santa or the club logo on sheer screens. Post-midnight, DJ Harish took over the console and upped the tempo with Dil garden garden, Chammak challo, Tumhi ho bandhu.... But the song of the night? Gangnam Style!

She was wearing: Barring a few who braved the weather to wear LBDs, most stayed sensibly and smartly dressed with their woollens, boots and trenchcoats in place.

He was wearing: Formal suits and evening jackets were the order of the night, coupled with mono-colour shirts and bright ties.

Food & beverage: On a night when the mercury dipped to 13 degrees, whisky and rum ruled. Chocolate cubes, pineapple slices and almond rolls from Flurys and pizza, pasta, momos, Cheese Macaroni Hotpot, chaat and dosas from the club kitchen made for a mixed platter. But Keema Ghotala and Tawa Fish on the one hand and Roast Turkey and Fried Fish on the other were in a photo-finish for top-sellers.

Clubspeak: “This year the footfall has been close to 1,000. The crooners from Goa brought back many old memories with their brand of music. The music was within decibel levels and although we had alternative arrangements to take the music inside, there was no intervention and no unnecessary crowd or rush,” said Brig. AK Dutta, secretary of the Wood Street club.

Text: Mohua Das

Pictures: Bhubaneswarananda Halder