FTV needs to get all the sexy party people back
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.