FTV needs to get all the sexy party peo­ple back

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD TO GO - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

ON MY list of 2010 club­bing ven­tures was the new-look Fash­ion TV Café.

But my ex­pe­ri­ence was not a great way to start the year of big prom­ises: when I go out I usu­ally have a re­ally good time but to call the vibe at the new FTV dull is an un­der­state­ment.

I don’t be­lieve it’s just them, though – there has been some­thing not-so-fes­tive about the nightlife th­ese past few weeks. You’d think this time of year would be the height of the club­bing scene in Cape Town but I’ve found it all quite bor­ing.

Maybe it’s just that I had high ex­peca­tions, or pos­si­bly with all the scary death statis­tics peo­ple tend to stay off the streets at this time of year.

FTV was a prime night spot in the city cen­tre in Hout Street. The club re­opened with a new look and un­der new own­er­ship a few weeks ago. I found the ex­pe­ri­ence less than over­whelm­ing, but I’ll cut the new owner some slack see­ing he had to take over a club that was go­ing down fast be­fore he came along.

The fran­chise club had been one of the places to be seen at and was a reg­u­lar hang out for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties.

A year ago FTV started los­ing its flair, partly be­cause sev­eral new clubs had popped up and the crowd wanted a new scene.

The new owner has stripped out the clas­sic, el­e­gant decor and trans­formed the club into some­thing light and fu­tur­is­tic.

There is an an all-white look at the bar, couches, on the floors and ceil­ings, em­pha­sis­ing that this is a new Fash­ion TV Café.

Ran­dom neon lighting from the ceil­ing is a nice touch and is some­thing dif­fer­ent since most clubs are go­ing for the classy chan­de­lier look.

An­other im­pres­sive as­pect is the out­side chill area where a gen­er­ously-sized bal­cony has been built, the per­fect place to pull crowds in sum­mer.

Trou­ble is the venue has not been pulling a de­cent crowd for the past few weeks.

The only way to make that place feel as good as it looks is for FTV to roll out their A-game and get the sexy party peo­ple back.

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