Hg2 : The Hedonist


Forget those ultra-modern, uber-stylish Cape Town clubs. Can you say cheese? Well, even if you’re not a fan, it’s worth knowing that Cape Town’s quintessential Eighties’ music venue really likes to turn Old School into cool. The vibe, crowd and music are eclectic and unified only by a desire to dance, flirt and drink to the accompaniment of familiar tunes that come straight from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. The Cure finally collides with The Clash, and Michael Jackson is resuscitated for a much-applauded appearance alongside Duran Duran and Bonnie Tyler. There’s quite a grungy sound, too, and some more rock-based music from those eras, so not always ideal if you’re the type who prefers the smooth, even beats of the electronic age. The venue is a pretty cool place to hook up with free-spirited, open-minded individuals, since the whole idea here is to go against convention, not to mention the pretence and posing of most modern clubs. Even the new location, in eternally hectic and busy Sea Point, comes with a bit of an edge, and when you walk down the entrance stairway into the darkened cavern (so typical of Eighties clubs in South Africa), you’ll feel as if you’re stepped into a time-travel capsule. The venue now sports two dancefloors (one specifically for smokers).

120B Main Road, Sea Point,
Sea Point
Opening Times
8.30pm-4am Fri/Sat
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