If there was one word we’d use to describe BASE when we visited the d3 club in April for its opening, it would be unprepared.
Mainly, it wasn’t prepared for the level of hype its opening would generate. The staff didn’t know how to handle the crowd that turned up. We were moved around from pillar to post by our hosts, who, to their credit, were eager to help, but such eagerness led to tables being double booked and customers a bit miffed.
It was difficult to navigate our way into the club – with multiple queues and no clear indicator of where to go among swathes of partygoers.
And the less said about getting a drink at the bar (and its prices) the better. It was, to say the least, chaotic.
Now, it’s a different story. It’s not still not yet perfect, and its self-proclaimed “super-venue” status sets a high bar to live up to. But a lot of the issues we first encountered in April have been (or are being) ironed out.
We arrive at 11.30pm and the place is quiet. But not for long, as 12.30am sees the club verging on rammed, shortly before the headliner begins.
Getting a drink at the bar does get progressively harder as the night goes on, as expected, but the staff are more helpful (in a constructive way, this time) – bartenders are clear on prices – and our wallet avoids another sucker punch.
The music is heavy EDM, and the accompanying light show is spectacular. As a result, this open-air club glows like a beacon for miles around.
Fittingly, luxury cars line the street approaching the club’s entrance – a suitable image as it gets closer to its “super-venue” label. And we’re sure it will get there soon.
The bottom line A big night out that’s rapidly improving.