At first there was a Mamilanji Club, the high-end members club and restaurant with an R&B twist. Closed. Then there was Tuatara. Closed. Kings Club arrived on the scene. Closed. Now, on 31st January 2013, the grand opening of Upper West, a Manhattan-inspired nightclub, has arrived. The question on everyone's lips, however, is will this new destination be able to extend their lease? Will its fate be any different to the other now defunct joints?
Considering the vast amount of complaints of overly-expensive entry and drinks, tacky interiors and poor management at all of the aforementioned spots, the future does not (initially) look bright for Upper West.
Even though the club has already attracted the attention of an affluent and party-loving crowd, such as Francesca Hull and our very own ambassador, Diego Bivero-Volpe, one could have their doubts about whether Jad Lahoud and Alexander Nall-Cain have learnt from the mistakes of the previous clubs...
The prices remain high and the management appear to be equally as disorganised; the opening was originally planned for mid-November but was delayed until the end of January. However, the modern and minimalist interior design is far less offensive to the eye than the gaudy yet somewhat dingy décor of the Kings Club and the prices may be acceptable to the older, sophisticated target audience (The entry policy is strictly 21+).
Only time will tell whether this Chelsea-Manhattan hybrid will defy the odds and can establish itself as a Sloaney success.
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