Archies Nightclub reopens

HARARE - As I entered the newly-relaunched Archies Nightclub in Harare last Friday, I felt like I had been dropped right into a sexy fantasy world filled with glamorous girls and curious boys.

The club was full to the brim, the air was thick with disco smoke, and ladies tried to outshine each other on the dance floor as the male partners, beer in hand joined to boogie. 

Once inside the club, the overall vibe is very trendy. A state-of-the-art technical sound system, lasers and lights tantalise the senses with a wide and varied range of music, from current hits to old classics, spun by Zimbabwe’s top DJs.

And imagine that this is the first day in years that the club is reopening its doors and already, it is receiving so much support.

I am reminded by my friends that I should not forget that this is Archies, a must visit club for most mid-career professionals in the 80s, 90s and early 2000, more of them being of mixed race.

After closing its doors three years ago, Archies Nightclub returns as a cocktail and clubbing basement venue that serves a range of the best wines, cocktails, premier whiskeys and the local larger.

Once inside the underground club, I was taken aback by the club’s art of balancing elegant décor with superb lighting facilities to such a new level.

The décor has a gorgeous feel with deep wooden finishes which are perfectly highlighted in various forms giving a warm and stylish ambiance.

Archies Nightclub’s entertainment each night will be unique and events range from “Wicked Ladies Nights” on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The parties start at 2pm and are splashed by dancing girls in glittering costumes, with surprise appearances by some of Zimbabwe’s well-known and best-loved celebs and DJs.

Club proprietor Biggie Chinoperekwei was happy with his new acquisition and promised that Archies Nightclub would bring in exotic shows, exciting themed events, and the very best dining and dancing experiences.

“In addition, there is a full stage area which is brought to life each night with numerous performances and musical impersonations by professional entertainers.

“The venue boasts bars, a central dance floor and is perfect for mid-week private functions like birthday bashes, bachelorette parties, anniversaries and corporate functions,” said Chinoperekwei.

Music is on hand with DJs spinning chart hits and live cabarets on the weekends. “Archies Nightclub is the venue for over-the-top parties, with the right selection of music to keep you bouncing all night. From commercial, funky house, electro, and even a little bit of old school, the upmarket party goer will have a night to remember,” said Chinoperekwei.

There are two bars and a cocktail lounge that serve up some unique drinks. What makes the club’s concept unique is that the club, cocktail, lounge and disco spaces are all in one venue, but laid out in such a way that the party bunnies in full throttle do not impact on other revellers.

Chinoperekwei said the club’s food restaurant will open next week with a menu that offers local dishes that are popular with Zimbabweans. “We will also include meat platters with a selection of exciting dishes designed to be shared or a selection of specials from our main menu, if your appetite is more demanding.”

He added that the club is employs by professional people committed to delivering the best clubbing experience Zimbabwe has to offer. “If all that dancing makes you thirsty, you will love the special drinks served from our bars.”

The opening of Archies Nightclub means that nightlife in the central business district will receive a boost since it is the only venue to serve those who live and work in the city centre.

After the sudden closure of Jazz 105 Nightclub and several other high profile nightclubs within the city centre, there seemed to be a crisis in the CBD.

“The re-opening of the nightclub will definitely transform and change the face of nightlife in the CBD. While the club had been lying idle for the past three years, turning into a white elephant, we thought we could revive it and bring back the good old days for city residents,” said Chinoperekwei.

He said they were targeting young professionals, university and college students to grace their club. “With time, we would like to open it every day, but as of now we will be concentrating on opening three days a week — Wednesday to Saturday.”

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