So, it took a while for me to finally head to Club 31, formerly known as Hemisphere or at least that’s what it was called when I was last there. Now, before I continue, let me just say this and get it out the way. If you suffer from even the mildest form of vertigo, be warned, this club is in the sky – literally! Club 31 is, as the name suggests, a “nightclub” on the “31st floor” of the ABSA building on Thibault Square. As one would imagine, the views of the city lights are breathtaking from up there, but if you fear heights in anyway whatsoever, it will take your breath away. Not in an “oh my word that’s freaking awesome” kind of way, no, not at all, it’s more likely to leave you in a panicked hyperventilated state of stress. There…now that I have that off my chest, and have recovered from the trauma, let’s continue.
If you happen to be on the guest list for Club 31 – this is good, as it is a trendy spot which attracts a large crowd. To avoid the queue I suggest you arrive early or you may face a long wait in the Cape Town chill. Upon arrival we were welcomed into a large marble lobby by friendly staff. From there we were elevated into the night sky with the help of some very huge friendly bouncers. I suppose it prevents any unwanted hanky panky in the lifts. It was clear from the minute we arrived that their focus is on friendly customer service as the doorman, bar tenders, owners and every staff member in-between, make an effort to greet patrons – which I can imagine gets a bit difficult as the crowds stream in.
The interior setting of the Club has not changed much since its Hemisphere days. Everything has a very sophisticated finish to it, so too is the ambiance of the place. I liked the neat, open layout of the club. There are two bars; one large oval bar and a smaller bar as you enter. Like I said, service is of top notch so you won’t grow old while waiting to order a drink. The bartenders give off a good vibe between their impressive flaring displays. There are bottle service tables (if you manage to book one) and seating throughout the club – especially important for the lasses who need to rest their dancing feet.
The music pumped from the get-go, a mix of fresh, upbeat house tracks which transformed into some mainstream tunes. It took the DJ no time in getting the crowd onto the dance floor and there they stayed. Speaking of the crowd, they echoed the sophistication of the place. So if you happen to be the regular riff-raff….no wait, if you happen to be the regular riff-raff I suggest you exit this site immediately by clicking the “x” in the top right corner! As I was saying, the regular crowd seem well behaved and out to have a decent night’s fun – from what I could tell. The dress code is smart causal. Guys had their shirts and the ladies were dolled to the nines. Yip, Club 31 is not your kind of ‘let it all go’ night club, you got to keep your shit together up there.
It’s definitely one of the hangouts in Cape Town, so if you’re looking for an up-market vibe, Club 31’s your place.