Sandton’s ZAR club is all about big bucks

2010-10-31 11:54

Sandton’s ZAR nightclub, which Kenny Kunene co-owns with his business partner, Gayton MacKenzie, is not the place for people on a shoe-string budget.

On a Friday night it costs R200 just to get inside. This does not guarantee you a seat once you are inside the lounge, though.

ZAR guest relations and marketing manager Malcolm X says that getting a couch that can seat about four people will set you back at least R5?000.

Yet this is no big deal for a clientele who would not mind splurging R450 000 on one bottle of 50-year-old Glenfiddich Scotch whisky.

Not everyone can afford to spend that much, so there are cheaper options – such as the bottle of 25-year-old Hennessy cognac which goes for R73 000.

You could still get a tot from that same Glenfiddich bottle for just R15 000 if you are loath to part with R450 000.

Of course, there are cheaper options such as good wine for those who do not have deep pockets. For example, a bottle of Rupert & Rothschild goes for about R930. If that’s still out of reach, a cider costs about R24.

Malcolm X says ZAR is the only club that opens seven days a week because of the constant stream of patrons, most of them from the Radisson Hotel.

It’s these well-heeled tourists and some locals who have spent huge sums of money at ZAR – which is named after the South African currency – since it opened about four months ago, he says.

“Some of them include heads of state.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, for example, came here during the World Cup.”

Malcolm X was taken aback by the controversy Kunene’s party caused, and so were some patrons.

“Someone called and said how the hell does anyone complain about R700?000 when (he) paid a bill of R1.3 million for one night.”

The club, he says, is not the core business for its owners but “a hobby through which we network”.

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