Night clubs resort to heaters

ENTERTAINMENT night spots are cashing in during this cold winter spell, thanks to the heaters and portable fireplaces that are keeping patrons warm while guzzling ice cold beers as they dance the night away.

A trip to popular joints by the Weekend Post including Mereki in Harare’s Warren Park, Chikwanha in Chitungwiza and several other night spots dotted across the capital revealed most fun-loving people are not easily deterred by the chilly weather.
Instead, night spots which provide these portable heaters commonly referred to as mbaura, are usually packed to the rafters.

Popularly known as paGarden, Chikwanha Hotel’s open air joint has also incorporated gas heaters as part of efforts to ensure warm hospitality, a development welcomed by revellers.
“As long as the bar has got enough heaters to warm the place up, I will always come through during the weekend. Doro rinenge richitonhorera rinonaka asi nechando ichi zvinotoda paine mbaura kuti zviendeke. Kumba kunotouya kuno,” Arnold Gwanzura, a patron at Chikwanha Hotel gardens said.

A visit to Mereki revealed that the mbauras had become a hit this winter season. PaHuku, another open air entertainment spot in Hillside, has however been experiencing a slump in business because of the absence of mbauras. ‘‘It’s better to drink inside the vehicle rather than getting the chills outside. We are thinking of moving to another place because at least they have heaters to keep us warm even as we hang outside,” Collin Murehwa, a Harare reveller who was at the popular spot last Saturday night said.

Be it indoors or outdoors, most entertainment joints this winter have prepped themselves to ensure that they attract as many patrons as possible by setting up portable fireplaces and air conditioning systems to ensure the partying crowds feel at home and are kept on their feet.

Flipping through the entertainment pages of Zimbabwe’s daily newspapers, one is not only attracted to popular entertainment joint’s adverts with skimpily dressed and voluptuous women but it is the detail contained in the adverts that catch the eye of revellers; “Cold beer, full bar and catering, tight security plus mbaura dziri ti-i!!!!”

With most entertainment joints claiming to cater for different tastes in the entertainment circles, one thing that has been common during this winter is providing warmth to revellers.
The Weekend Post also visited an exclusive upmarket club boasting of serving various cocktails, exotic drinks and stunning entertainment where a number of mbauras were placed even on the dance floor.

The heaters were illuminating the upper deck of the club with flames which just gave off a kind of irresistible warmth to revellers.

A number of people who would have spent much of the night around Harare usually top off their night and start the next morning at this warm joint because it closes in the wee hours.—Kudzai Chawafambira

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