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Flash new nightclub aims to put Cape Town on world's party map

The doors open today at Cape Town's first "super club", a R35-million venue styled on London's most ostentatious party venues.

The super-luxury Trinity, in Bennett Street off Prestwich Street in Green Point, has been built in a historic former warehouse. Spread over five floors are restaurants, bars, a member's lounge and a state-of-theart dance floor. Just the sound, visual and lighting equipment – the acclaimed Funktion One system, which is a first for Africa - cost R7m.

The club is the vision of Kevin King and Fergus D'Arcy, two property and business entrepreneurs whose previous projects have included the Hippo Boutique hotel in Gardens and the Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa.

Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit Helmbold said yesterday that the development would give Cape Town more clout on the world's party map.

"Visitors and locals love the fact that Cape Town offers gritty authenticity alongside total luxury.

"Trinity will add to Cape Town's reputation as the ultimate place to play and party this summer. An investment of this magnitude also shows real confidence in Cape Town's long-term tourism prospects," she said.

King told the Cape Argus: "Green Point contains some wonderful historic buildings. Our building was a wharfside warehouse built in 1908 and was initially adjacent to the original Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

"We have modelled this club on the finest, most celebrated clubs in the world - specifically all top party capitals such as London, Dublin, Paris, Ibiza, Berlin and New York.

"We will also be introducing to Cape Town technology never seen here before, such as Funktion One, the audio-visual system used at famed nightclubs such as Privilege, the largest club in Europe on the Spanish party island of Ibiza, the Berghain club in Berlin, Germany, the Cielo club in New York and Armani in Dubai."

To transform the old building, bought for R15m, King and D’Arcy have spent R20m entirely refurbishing the building’s insides.

Trinity will initially employ over 100 full-time staff.

It will host events like intimate classical and jazz recitals, live international and local band acts, comedy evenings, and fashion shows. It will also host local and international DJs.

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Holy Trinity! There's a Super Club Opening in Cape Town!

We make a pilgrimage to nightlife's hedonistic new church

In an old brick warehouse with great wooden columns in Green Point's Bennett Street Trinity offers a super-sized, state-of-the-art entertainment and restaurant Mecca reminiscent of the UK's 'super clubs'. After our pilgrimage to this multi-level restaurant and opulent nightclub that will host jazz, comedy and a who's who of the world's best DJ's we've got a sneaky feeling that this sensational new venue will shake up nightlife in Cape Town.

Level 1:

You enter the main entrance where you are greeted by friendly hostesses and through the next set of doors you stand in a glass box overlooking the street below. The Trinity Cafe which offers light breakfasts, pizzas and burgers features a central fully-working pipe organ which ascends through all three levels of the venue and is surrounded by a stage that hosts regular comedy and jazz nights. You also notice a food bar, drinks bar and unisex toilets.

Level 2:

The Trinity Grill offers you a menu of soups, salads, seafood and steaks and is set by marble counter tops whilst the Trinity Cocktail Bar offers a broad selection of cocktails and shooters. You wander into a private function and dining room called The Cube which features a dance floor, a DJ booth and Oregon pine floors.

After a couple of cocktails to get you in the mood you're ready to join revellers in the Funktion One Nightclub. Through grand Indian Temple doors you see a raised bar with four LCD screens and a motorized projection screen whilst a DJ spins minimal techno and house beats from the pulpit of a 7m long stage. The water feature in the centre of the dance floor is a vibrant array of colours and smoke as well as a statue of three angels. A mezzanine level with comfortable couches overlooks the dance floor and provides relief from the action on the dance floor.

Aside from unique visual features you're impressed with the nightclub's 'Funktion One' sound system which is the first to be used in South Africa. The state-of-the-art system has provided live concert sound for Massive attack, featured at Glastonbury festival and at night spots in Paris, New York, London and Tokyo. Coupled with screens and projectors the venue is ideal for watching sports, product launches and conferences.

Through glass entrance doors you enter the exclusive, members only Salon Prive whose carpets carry the Trinity logo and complement traditional upholstered furniture, ottomans and leather bar seats. Your membership package offers you access to the opulent Salon Prive as well as rewards on food and drinks, accommodation in the city, first notice of upcoming events and guest list.

Level 3:

You enter an intimate restaurant with airport lounge-style viewing windows and direct access to the roof garden and Salon Prive. You browse a menu filled with Asian delights from expert local chefs including sushi platters and Thai dishes. You take the stairs to an enchanting roof top garden featuring vertically-planted vegetation reflected in mirrors, cantilevered umbrellas for summer and cosy fireplaces for winter.

Trinity will open on 15th December and feature UK DJ sensation James Zabielia, Cape Town based Trinity resident Dean Fuel, Chris Jack, Anthea and Ivan (Killer Robot). Tickets are R100 pre-sold from Webtickets and R120 on the door (15 Bennett Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 1367).

By Lisa Nevitt

Source: Cape Town Magazine
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