CloudEleven opened at the Kempinski last night with a bang. Adam Mowafi gives his humble opinion...
If any of you are wondering about all the fuss made over Amr Hosny’s new venue, CloudEleven, which opened yesterday, here is my honest opinion: it's going to be one that lasts. Over the last two years, there have been many attempts at re-invigorating the good vibes in places which wish to play music with words in it, and for the most part, they have failed miserably.The reason is simple. Most of them weren't able to strike the right balance. While the Nacelles and Audios have done a great job with less commercial endeavours, there is a glaring gap in the market for older people who do want to occasionally dress up but don’t really want the pretentiousness associated with pre- revolutionary times, just nicely mixed commercial tunes.
The actual venue is perfect, holding approximately 150 people on the roof top of the Kempinski Nile Hotel, giving it a stunning view. The décor is simple but tastefully done and the bar was exemplary at the task of getting me drunk. The fact it only holds a small number of people is a plus for a place aimed at a sect of partygoers whose numbers are dwindling due to the fact that a lot of them are in Tora or Canada. That warm fuzzy feeling you get from the place is the same as night out with good friends at a local bar and that is a very high compliment indeed.