A swanky new up­town pop-up

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The Union Bar in Illovo opened its doors to the pub­lic on Thursday evening as hip young pro­fes­sion­als came to explore the new “pozi” and blow off some steam af­ter a long day at work.

The venue has a spa­cious and so­phis­ti­cated in­te­rior, ac­com­mo­dat­ing its guests eas­ily. The am­bi­ent mu­sic was set just right for easy con­ver­sa­tion in a club-like set­ting.

Celebs who came to check out the new wa­ter­ing hole in­cluded TV per­son­al­ity, model and blog­ger Kim Jayde, Yfm’s Melo Maoka, urban crooner Tre­sor, fash­ion and so­cial blog­ger Melody Mo­lale, TV host Chris Jaftha, singer Moon­child Sanelly and DJ Doowap.

The Union Bar started out in Mel­rose Arch in Oc­to­ber 2012. This lat­est take on the classy pop-up venue show­cases its brand ma­tu­rity. Trend­set­ters, go there. I’m not sure what’s more of­fen­sive … the non­sense Tu­pac biopic, All Eyez on Me, or the noisy “in­flu­encers” in­vited to the movie screen­ing.

The film, which opens in South African cinemas this Friday (June 30), hasn’t re­ceived favourable re­views but has done well re­gard­less, bring­ing in $27 mil­lion (R349 mil­lion) since open­ing on June 16.

It landed at num­ber three on the box of­fice charts in a pretty com­pet­i­tive weekend that in­cluded Cars 3 and Won­der Woman.

Demetrius Shipp ju­nior, who has a star­tling re­sem­blance to Tu­pac, does fairly well but the film didn’t de­serve to make it to the big screen, to which I had a dif­fi­cult time pay­ing at­ten­tion as it com­peted with in­flu­encers’ cell­phone lights, their child­ish gig­gles at not par­tic­u­larly shock­ing nude scenes (just a woman wear­ing a T-string) and peo­ple get­ting up to chat with friends not seated with them. This has hap­pened at two Ster-Kinekor screen­ings. Un­less I am miss­ing some­thing, as a jour­nal­ist who knows most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in this city I found my­self recog­nis­ing only three peo­ple out of more than 100 guests of “in­flu­encers”. My un­der­stand­ing is that to make the grade you need to be known and have ac­tual peo­ple to in­flu­ence. I think it’s time hosts relook their “in­flu­encer” guest lists and as­sess how truly in­flu­en­tial they are.

– Rhodé Mar­shall

IT GALZ The ever chic Melody Mo­lale and fashionista Kim Jayde

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