The cliché around Eveline Street bars is that drunken fights are a norm and that you would be lucky during Christmas not to get a knife stabbing as a gift. But, Tropi-Well Bar on the corner of Eveline and Helen Streets proves to be an exception.
It opened its doors in September 2008 and has been operating ever since without any criminal activities having taken place there. Unlike most of your ghetto spots that are made of corrugated iron zinc plates, the brick wall waterhole has got air conditioning, a little lounge with a roof top for those who like to get away from the football cheering fans in the bar.
It has an entertainment spot with slot machines when you have spare change for a quick gamble. It has gained popularity with local celebs with the likes of Exit, Mushe and Satlam as its regulars.
“This is a nice hiding corner. We have proper security at night, and there are never fights here,” said the owner, Stephanus Nkole.
He added that he chose this specific corner as it keeps them in the game and out of unnecessary spotlight. The bar held its first Miss Tropi-Well Bar beauty pageant late last month, crowning Iyaloo Ndiwakalunga “Twaxy” as its first queen.
“This is our way of giving back to the community, we give models exposure as well as young upcoming artists,” Nkole said.
They also organise two other annual events where they give a platform to young upcoming artists for the sake of exposure.
The service is more than just a cake with cherry topping as you are able to have a waitress at your service all night and if you are lucky, you would find Tafel lager crews promoting their products at the bar.
“Business is good; I do not think we have competition. This is a great spot for outdoor corporate events,” he said.