On Sat eve I went to the opening of a new night spot called Nisha. Nisha is in the same spot as the old Karma used to be, so that’s the Penthouse Suite, The Promenade on Victoria Road in Camps Bay.
Before I continue – I just have to state for the record… I think the name is terrible! It sounds like the name of a poppie with false nails and an orange tan who happens to work after hours as a “dancer”.
The owners consist of 2 JHB business men and a local guy. According to these 3 gentlemen, the name was inspired by the thought of a “Niche Market” – which is the subset on which the club is focused on. Um… OK then…
Hottie Aidan Bennetts (I’m still dreaming of him carving me a chair out of a piece of beach wood, preferably minimally clothed. ) and his new partner in design, Stephen Lasker, were asked to do the interior for the club.
As you enter you’re welcomed by a striking white theme with lots of neon lights:
It was quite hot inside. I was sweating and I was in a little cocktail dress. I felt really bad for the guys in long sleeve shirts. We joked that they probably had a tight budget and in the end it came down to either air conditioning or those hexagon lights. And clearly the lights won. hehe.
To be honest, the atmosphere was quite stuffy. Nisha didn’t have the laid back feel I’ve come to love about most Cape Town spots. They’re trying to sell the idea of ultimate exclusivity blah blah blah… but is that really what true Capetonians give a damn about? The people I usually party with don’t really care whether you’re seen at the right place, wearing the right label, hanging with the right crowd… they just care about being able to relax and to have a great time. No frills, no fuss. In the end we didn’t have too late a night there – my couch sounded like a more intriguing option.
So do I think it will last past the summer season? Not too sure. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
PS: Pics came out a bit dark – was hard with the neon lights.