Nick House replaces Rose with Inca-inspired club

Nick HouseBar and club entrepreneur Nick House (pictured) is to open a new Latin-Pacific late-night lounge bar and dance club in the premises of his former Rose Club.

Chakana, which means “tree of life”, is due to open in London’s West End in late November, offering “theatrical” drinks and an ornate interior inspired by Latin American and Incan myth.

Nick has brought together an international team to create the 300-capacity venue including London-born Andrew Dax, who has made his mark on the Ibiza club scene, Italian party co-ordinator Corrado Mozzillo and Argentinian curator Augusto Rossillo.

Chakana is being created in the premises of the glamorous speakeasy club Rose, which was opened by Nick and Piers Adam from Brompton Brands two years ago in Orchard Street, Marylebone.

Brompton Brands’ other venues include Mahiki, The Brompton Club, Bodo’s Schloss and Whisky Mist in London. Nick has also teamed up with model Kelly Brook to open the 1920s-inspired Steam & Rye in the City of London this month, with a bar headed by the award-winning Andy Mil.

The drinks menu at Chakana has been created by mixologist Isaac Morrison, drawing on the super foods of the Andes. Ingredients such as chia seeds, maca root, Inca berries and coca leaves are mixed with piscos, rare tequilas and dark rums.

Sample cocktails include the Peruvian flake, by Mike Butt of consultancy Soulshakers, which muddles pisco infused with coca leaves, lime and Demerara sugar, served in a striking jaguar head.

The Amazonian Bliss is made with pisco shaken with overproof rum, pear liqueur, lemon juice and aloe vera syrup.

For big celebrations, guests can drink out of a statue based on the Incas’ Machu Picchu site in Peru or they can share the Tree of Life shots, with glasses carefully balanced on branches.

Chakana is described as “an ancient Incan temple filled with mystique, wonder, rare artefacts and endless treasures”. It is inspired by the rites of Chakana, sacred to the snake serpent, ruler of the underworld.

These ancient shamanistic traditions include the revelation of knowledge through dancing, drinking of potions and the gathering of fellow believers known as initiates.

Intricate carvings of the snake serpent, puma and condor sit alongside depictions of the Chakana cross itself as well as a display of skulls lit eerily from within.

Entertainment is inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic 1996 vampire movie From Dusk till Dawn, set in Mexico, with a music programme led by deep house.

The dance area has a backdrop of rich golds, reds and oranges with winding tree roots growing downwards and enveloping the ceiling.

Snakeskin banquettes sit next to deep couches and old stools salvaged from abandoned drums, surrounded by heavy wooden tables, chests and packing trunks.

Carvings in stone and wood, featuring animals from ancient rainforests, can be made out by the light of flickering candles that drip wax from giant candelabras onto the deep-set stone floors.

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