DSC03083Now I’ve heard quite a lot of rumours about this new beach club which is only just a month old.  Everything from a playground for the super wealthy, high class “ladies of the night”, go-go dancers, pole dancing and mermaids in the pool to very mixed feedback around the service & the food… 

So with all this hype around Shimmy Beach Club, I decided I just had to pop in last week to check it out for myself. (even though I was battling some weird stomach bug and wasn’t my usual sprightly self… how’s that for blog coverage dedication hey 😉 )

Parking was a bit tricky.  There was a Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink & Full Circle Model Management party happening, so it was quite busy.  But the other reason you won’t easily find parking upfront is because parking is reserved for babies like these:

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My poor Mini Cooper just didn’t cut it… shame… don’t tell her, she’ll be mortified. To me she’s still my very own Ferrari…. (yes, my car’s a “she” OK.  She’s a lady.)

Once inside you’re greeted by lots of silver & sparkle alongside some kick ass sea views:

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And then as you walk past the bar to the outside you’ll find the private beach area with lots of white couches & loungers, a dance floor which apparently elevates & lights up as well as a big wooden deck area where one can enjoy some cocktails and chill.

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Of course a beach club wouldn’t be complete without an impressive pool (well especially a Cape Town based one, cause the sea water is just too bloody cold 🙂 ):

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And if you’re feeling peckish, they’ve also got a pretty big restaurant which is run by Chef Seelan Sundoo, he previously from The Reserve Brasserie, Grand Café Camps Bay and La Perla.  Starters range from R55 – R120, mains from R70 – R250 and desserts from R40 – R75.  So yes, a bit pricey, but not crazy compared to Cape Town standards.

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Thanks to my stomach bug though I couldn’t eat or drink anything.  So my poison for the day was sadly water only.  BUT I must say, it was served up with quite a lot of flair which made me feel slightly better about my depressing predicament:

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The new standard for water jugs for sure…

Overall I really did like the place from what I saw.  It certainly reminds you of the venues you’d see on MTV or Fashion TV with those big parties in Ibiza, Brazil and the likes.  As I noted above, I can’t say anything about the food/service cause I didn’t sit down to eat.  But from a summer party perspective, I think it ticks quite a few boxes.  I also didn’t stay too late, so can’t comment on any activities which possibly happen in the wee hours… 

There was no cover charge when we were there, but this past Friday I see they posted the following message on their Facebook page:

Dear Patrons, please note there is a R100 cover charge Monday to Saturday from 20.30 with exception of those with Restaurant and table bookings.

This news mostly got a negative response.  In my mind, it’s a tough one, yes one could argue it’s to keep certain unsavoury folks out, but then again you have The Grand and The Bungalow which are both great venues, offering a similar experience and they do not charge a cover charge…  so I’d be interested to see how this pans out.

Things to take note of:

  • Address: South Arm Road – V&A Waterfront – Clock Tower side  (From Buitengraght into V&A, head towards the Clock Tower, but pass the Clock Tower and stay to the right, head straight at next roundabout towards the Harbour Control Tower & Shimmy’s behind that to the right)
  • Tel for bookings:  021 – 200 7778
  • Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am to 2am  (Kitchen times: Mon – Sun 11am to 11pm)

Anybody else been and have some thoughts to share?

xxx