Top things to celebrate on a Birthday/Accomplishment in Karachi

Ive been celebrated quite a few peoples birthdays in the past year now and I wanted to comment on some of the experiences.

Here is the list, in no particular order

1. Pizza Hut party deal, makes you feel like a kid again, for fun you could always compete for who can pack the most salad on the included salad bar deal.
2. Afreedi Inn, sitting on charpai’s and eating karhai is loads of fun.
3. Masooms/ Latte lounge has a great environment for sheesha, and celebrate get togethers.
4. Boat Basin never disappoints, and you can usually get a snake charmer to entertain, and order a large array of foods.
5. BBQ Tonight roof top or party room is a great place for meat lovers to rejoice. The food is delicious as well.
6. Sea view is great fun, get some pani puri, camel rides, roasted corn and then run around on the beach
7. House parties, invite Dhol wala’s to play and make/order the best desi treats like; chaat, pani puri, bun kebabs, gulab jamun, samosas etc.
8. Crab boating at the docks, is such a great and relaxing place to enjoy the rocking of the boat, eat some delicious crab and fish, and enjoy the company of your friends/family, no taking pictures though!
9. Beach hut gives you all the fun of seaview with the privacy of your friends/family, just be sure to bring out the rung to colour the earth! (and each other)
10. Deja Vu is great venue for events good food and a chance to crack jokes about someones age (if they are old enough to remember everyone on the walls.)

I realize most of these places are in the Clifton/Defense part of town. It would be great to hear about some other places or little places that one can have a great time at.

Where do you go to celebrate?

17 Comments so far

  1. Concerned (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Finally a decent post. A group of people I hang out with have a tradition of going out to Super Highway (mecca) to celebrate wht ever.

  2. Sufi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    For a ‘shahi’ treatment, doing it at Lal Qila gives a different experience.

    I like the rooftops in my apartments facing towards the airport, nice breezy afternoons, moonlight + some other soft lighting.. that’s what I like doing the best.

  3. Abdullah H. (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    sorry for being of the topic
    KMB posts and its authors represent particular area and class of citizens. I think all the authors are in Defence and Clifton or Gulshan area. This is also the case of so called citizen rights groups like “Shehri”. Thus all the campaigns, concerns are limited to what affect people in these posh areas. Neither KMB nor NGOs like “Shehri” are concerned about land grab, schools closure/ grabbing by mafia in other part of city.. IMHO this group should be renamed..

  4. zahra (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    neoka!!! you sound like you’ve lived here for a lifetime!! sounds like one heck of a year you’ve had :) good luck with everything…

    i used to love going to a close by Edhi centre and do something there, the best way to celebrate. and of course most of what you mentioned!

  5. Maliha (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    Great Ideas!! I recently visited karachi, and it was great, we stayed over at our uncles house in Bath Island, Cliffton, and we would got to Afreedi inn, Boat Basin, Sea View, and etc.

    Some places I would suggest:
    1. Definetly BBQ Roof Top, thats where my brother had is nikha.
    2. The royal Rodale for some fun bowling and dining.
    3. Pizza at the Karachi Club.
    4. Hollywood Chat on Tariq Road.
    5. Roll in’ on Boat Basin
    6. Fun time with friends and family would be a Exclusive Hut on French Beach!
    7. Last But Not LEAST, I would say Salt n’ Pepper by sea view.

    Oh’ I would say Lal Qila, but the food is nasty!!!
    But A nice romantic setting.

    It’s nice to refresh my memories, since I got back to the U.S. in January.

  6. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 1:10 am

    Dear Abdullah,
    You don’t have to be sorry to call a spade, spade. You have made a very valid point. By looking at this forum, one gets the impression that people in Karachi are enjoying a lavish life out there. they eat out at these expensive places and have loads of money and time to go to art shows and musical concerts.. sorry authors, but that’s too far from reality.. that’s definitely not the true representation of karachi.. but again, this is place to blog where you are free to say whatever you want as long as its not something obscene- atleast you should pay some respect OR you dont belong here. But in your case and like most of the Karachiites, if they want to share anything, please come forward, dont hesitate and just let it out.. i would call it an actual development when a richshaw driver would come here after work and say how his day was.. who was his worst passenger of the day and why? imagine, thats where we want to be..

    now having said that, let me tell you one of my experiences.. i went to celebrate a friend’s party at ‘Sheherzaad’, i guess.. the name wasn’t that catchy so my apologies for not getting it right if that’s the case.. but any ways, this party hall is located in Karachi Marriott.. it had the capacity of 70+ people and the food that they served over there was simply exquisite.. and to add to the delight for a music lover like me, they had this live ghazal arrangement which was awesome.. after the end of the party, they mgmt. served ‘paan’ to all and ‘gajra’ to the ladies.. for me that was one perfect evening, packed with fun…

  7. UZi (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 2:33 am

    @ Abdullah H.:

    I think all the authors are in Defence and Clifton or Gulshan area.

    You think WRONG. :P

  8. danny (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 3:39 am


    The bloggers write about what they are most familiar. If they happen to reside in Defence/Clifton, that’s what they’ll know best. I don’t think I’d want to read their opinions on areas of the city which they are not familiar. If you reside elsewhere and feel that issues/events in those areas should be blogged about, be proactive and take the initiative to become a blogger. I’m sure Mansoor (or whoever the current KBM administrators) are will give all due consideration to your request especially if you will blog about different areas/issues.
    Basically, don’t complain that bloggers don’t blog about what you want them to — they will blog about what they feel comfortable and knowledgable about. Similarily if you feel an NGO isn’t addressing what you feel is important, then go join them and influence their agenda instead of just complaining. Take the initiative!

  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 6:33 am

    Even though, I have been to some of the venues mentioned above for get togethers but to me the most fun I always have is when these events are celebrated at respective homes.

  10. Darthvader (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:23 am

    I heard the Hills around Mangho Pir are a pretty hot place to throw a party or to just go and do some R&R at the hot Slphur springs…any one like to shed some light on that ???

    thank you

  11. udass (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    good info neoka, still needs some more, can you specify the exact location of the CRAB BOATING AT THE DOCKS ?

    For me DAMASCUS is the best place to hang out with friends. But it was much better a few years ago when that area was not very much commercial in the night. Low lights, calm environment, arabian music, delicious forouge platter and ever best sheeshaa.

  12. Sajid (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    will go for a fishing via goth abdul rehman….

  13. wasiq (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 2:18 am

    finally somebody mentioned the Hollywood Chat….a pitstop for lotee pitee ladies in between the shopping….lol

  14. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    Creek-in opposite DHA Golf Club

  15. Neoka (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    Abdullah, you raise a very valid concern, one which I was conscious of while posting this entry. I realized that the majority of my experiences have been in what many would call the burgher area of town.

    I think Danny said it best when he said that if you or anyone was interested in contributing different perspectives, that we would welcome that full heartedly.

    Also the idea of getting the story of a rickshaw drivers day at work is actually very interesting, it might inspire a few of my next few posts…

    And thanks everyone for the places to visit!

    PS. UDASS: at the Karachi Port, there are boats that take people out into the sea and they cook you crab and fish. a great experience, if you dont mind the sight of lots of shipwrecked tankers, and huge shipping riggs. Its government or military owned, so you can’t take pictures… Great fun though!

  16. Abdullah H. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    Thanks for considering the earlier comment. The suggestion was to draw attention towards other areas as well. Until KMB finds some blogger or until I buy rickshaw :) to contribute I would suggest to include activities of organization that span whole city like The Citizen Foundation etc.
    As far as post is concerned, it would be great to include approx costs and locations so one gets better idea

  17. Abdullah H. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Thanks for considering the earlier comment. The suggestion was to draw attention towards other areas as well. Until KMB finds some blogger or until I buy rickshaw :) to contribute I would suggest to include activities of organization that span whole city like The Citizen Foundation etc.
    As far as post is concerned, it would be great to include approx costs and locations so one gets better idea like you did in your comments for UDASS

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