Live 60’s Café (An exhaustive review)
By Bharati Yumnam
Location: Sagolband Bijoy Govinda Mamang Leikai, Imphal.
Speciality: Roots of good music, branches of good food; fruiting good vibes.
Exterior: Located alongside one of the most busiest routes, L60’s is to be found in Sagolband Bijoy Govinda, Mamang Leikai. The traffic is of course a problem that obstructs us from reaching the destination on time. But anticipating through the loud traffic, your anxious eyes shall be met by a black sign board with ‘L60’s Cafe’ inscripted with white paint. The café is like a little treasure box. A little hustle-bustle to find but once spotted, totally worth the hunt!
Interior: L60’s is the brainchild of a keen music lover who does not believe in fancy trends or double-standards. This is what the warm ambience reflects back. As soon as you enter the rustic looking door, you were sure to be transferred to a new dimension. I was greeted with warm smiles and welcoming gestures. What I really loved was the accessibility of the café. There is a guitar and a ukulele in the entrance and most importantly, it is not put as a show piece. You can really hold the instruments and play around. In fact, the associates of the café are there to greet you with gratitude. The vibe is really relaxing. My most favorite part of the café is the wall that faces the entrance; which I would regard as the “Grammy Hall Of Fame”. The wall has newspaper cuttings of events which holds great significance in the history of musical evolution. My next favourite is the use of music instruments as bulb holders. Yes, you read it right. The café has the unassembled parts of a drum set, up as the bulb holders. Significantly, the tom and hi-hat cymbals is re-defined as a new entity besides being a musical instrument. The wonders of music is all put up on a white wall. The wall proudly represents the historic Woodstock, Bob Dylan’s Subterranean pamphlets, John Lennon’s quotations, Janis Joplin’s enigmatic smile and all about music.
Setting: The setting is really raw. No standardized finishing. That certainly does not comply with the idea of any principle café. It only means that the café does not definitely run behind trends or orthodox ideas. It is bold enough to be a hub for the music lovers; independent and durable. The café will start resembling a recording studio. The canny use of microphones as LED- bulb holders; dangling from the ceiling, the seating arrangements, the instruments and the wall of music-pride. What really took me back is the careless arrangement of the sound system. When I set for the café, I was listening to “Let It Be” by The Beatles. Coincidentally, after 10 mins of tolerating the traffic din, I was welcomed by the same song, and my earworm was relieved thus. The noise from the road faded away. The next numbers were some of the favourites by The Beatles, followed by Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”. The very-keen-observer side of me noticed that the songs were being surfed from YouTube and a phone. So every time the phone rang, the sound system got disconnected. I guess it was because the café was meeting a tight schedule as the Writer’s Meet was coming up in an hour. I really hope for the concerned, to lay their efforts on this matter. For I believe in uninterrupted music. The show must go on, you know. An organized playlist on a laptop or a music player would be very much handy. Other than this, the café really kept me engaging.
Food and hygiene: I ordered pancakes and they served me waffles. But that’s alright. For I love waffles equally. This café is among the very few who serves good waffles in town. Also, I have heard a lot about their pancakes too. The price is really economical and student-friendly (Yes, “student-friendly” is a thing now). To earn great food on such a reasonable price these days, is tough. Proper servings with proper cutlery, I might add. I really hope that they keep up with their quality and quantity of food, and focus on the management a bit more. Or was it because I ordered food during an ongoing “non-foodie” event?
The Verdict: If you are looking for a new place in town with good taste in music and good food, L60’s is not going to disappoint you. I really wish the hub was a little bit more spacious. Because people with the habit of talking loud are sure to be on the verge of being over-heard by the surrounding mates. Seriously, I heard how the New Year plans of the woman next to me went. Overall, the café is a really comfortable space to chill out. Extra points for hospitality and satisfying service. If you are ready to witness a new joint with your gang, make sure you visit this little place before it gets overrated!
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