Mahiki Nightclub: Pop-Up- Rio de Janeiro
Mahiki, has a well deserved reputation as one of London's hottest nightspots and an A list celeb hangout. It has been well earned. Opening a Tiki themed club in a sea of blingtastic West End joints was a brave move, holding hard to a no hip-hop music policy, must have seemed like madness at the time. Ensuring only top shelf liquors go into their signature punch drinks, surely an insane and expensive a margin cutting strategy?However, the overall offering for the punter, paying several hundred pounds/dollars for the experience, is better value than the majority of nightspots, most of whom are just cashing in on the bottle serve trend with little thought for quality serves or experience. Add a sprinkling of dancing on the tables, a smattering of beautiful people, a smear of A list celebrity, finish it off with a dollop of Royalty and you get one of the most fun nights out possible in London.
The brand is doing so well that branches are cropping up all over the World. Dubai is off to a rocking start and Delhi is next to come. The most recent and briefest foray was in Rio de Janerio. A pop-up 3 night only affair, invite oniy, don't you know. The Copacabana Palace hotel's Copa Bar, a hot enough club in its own right, was transformed into a Tiki carbon copy of the original London spot. The place played host to the After Parties for the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Finals…the hottest ticket on the party circut if you ask us…..
Ciroc vodka featured prominently on the drinks list, but the MAHIKI spirit and vibe shone through. Even Georgie, the beloved and larger than life head barman, made the trip, he oversaw the drinks, and serves and did a bang up job. The Treasure Chests were as delicious as always and went down like liquid candy. The music policy at Mahiki always kills us, its reminscent of an awesome wedding, a mish mash of danceable songs that have you pointing in the air and laughing with your friends without even realising it. Mrs. M never left the dancefloor, except when she was dancing on the chairs. Mr. M beat a retreat at a respectable 2AM each night, Mrs. M. usually closed the place down…
We had the great pleasure of partying with Piers Adams and his business partner Hooman, the men behind Mahiki and in fact much of London's club scene, brilliant fellas all round. Also spotted were: Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper and Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame, we were assured there were multiple Brazilian celebs there too, but unfortunetly would not recognise them even with name tags on….
Verdict: MAHIKI ROCKS!!!, even when popping up in Rio
For Who: Only those there at the time, sorry
The Damage: Gratis in this particular case…but expect to spend several hundred dollars or pounds at the permanent branches