Aizawl has come a long way since the time of spirit worshipping and Jhooming practices. It has now become one of the most progressive cities in the region, with budding businesses in every field. People are realizing the potential of entrepreneurship for multiple business ventures. After its recent transition from dry to non-dry state, there has definitely been a drastic change in the lifestyle too. The once dull night scene has now transformed into a place of enjoyment, where supercalifragilisticexpialidocious music meets adventurous escapades.
As the city is small and huddled together, most of the ‘cool’ places are on the outskirts of the town. The journey itself, to get to these venues, becomes quite an adventure. Aizawl doesn’t have any clubs or pubs as yet, so youngsters have just a handful of places to go in terms of actual venues. These places generally do not serve alcoholic beverages so parties here usually turn to become a BYOB situations. Amongst others, CEV, Heritage Lounge view and Siby’s Farm are a crowd favorites, where most bachelor/bachelorette parties, wedding after-parties and birthday bashes are hosted.
The night usually starts with a meet and greet, catching up over drinks and a smoke or two. It can even be called a mini-fashion show for some, where the trendsetters come to play. As the DJ starts spinning, the crowd comes alive, bopping to every beat, swaying to each rhythm, captivated in the music. A majority of the tracks played at these social soirees are Hip-Hop, trap and trance – suggesting heavy influence of the western culture.
Parties at these venues finish at around 1AM, but it does not stop there. ‘Roadside’ – which means on the roadside, away from traffic or residences, and continue the party there – is what continues later. Music is blasted using car woofers. This is for those who are not done having fun, and who want to drink, smoke and dance a little more.
Although Aizawl lacks the typical club scene, the raw and unfiltered fun that the youngsters enjoy is definitely one of a kind. For those who prefer conventional parties, bars & pubs are slowly opening up in the city.