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Shimmy Beach Club: Cape Town’s party oasis is no more [photo]

Andile Sicetsha - 08.12.2020

Shimmy Beach Club was once an oasis. Today, it’s dilapidated and stripped of its effervescence.

If you have ever been to Shimmy Beach Club and appreciated its shimmering effervescence then the images you will see below may leave you winded.

Shimmy Beach Club is no more?

The seaside entertainment venue has hosted some of the most epic events in recent times, with the most memorable ranging from a month-long DJ Black Coffee residency to the moshpit parties of Grammy-nominated EDM star DJ EDX.

Hidden in the docks of the famous V&A Waterfront, it was a great escape for many and, in exchange for an entrance fee, offered a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

However, since late March, the seaside restaurant has been forced shut, much like many other entertainment businesses, due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The last notice from Shimmy Beach Club was a Facebook post in which they mentioned a ‘temporary’ closure with no definitive date of reopening.

We are T E M P O R A R I L Y C L O S E D until further notice.As our customers & staff is our top priority, we have…

Posted by Shimmy Beach Club on Thursday, 19 March 2020

In Pictures: Shimmy is now a ghastly site

The months have rolled on and some businesses have survived the worst of the pandemic. At Alert Level 1, a semblance of normalcy has returned to the Mother City.

Restaurants and event spaces are back in business in the festive season but Shimmy, it’s reported, has been stripped and left bare, it’s shimmery pool drained of chlorine and weed overgrown on its floors.

Click on the tweet pictures to view in full mode.

It looks pretty clear that there’ll be no A-list DJ residency this summer, and even more gut-wrenching, no New Year’s Eve (NYE) send-off of the magnitude needed to bid farewell to 2020.

Our attempts to get word from the restaurant’s management were unsuccessful at the time this article was published.

Without official confirmation from the venue, we will have to rely on the notion that images speak a thousand words.