Shoot Me the Pot and I’ll Pour Me a Shot

It’s funny how my only post before this was about the concept of “The Second Floor”, written more than a month ago after which I had to leave my city for the US, and now I find myself still there to write my second post about the same cafe’s formal opening.

So “The Second Floor formally opens to the public on May 13 insha Allah at 11 am, and right from their first day, they’re sticking to their word of having more than a good cup of coffee to offer us.

The cafe was originally set to open on May 12, and I found the reason for postponing the formal opening for a day later to be most aptly expressed. “12th May: The CJ is coming to town and the MQM is going to town.” Enough said, really.

The divine sprinkle of chocolate powder on the perfect cup of cappucino is that there is going to be an exhibition titled, “School’s Out” that marks the opening of “The Second Floor”. Here’s the advertisement poster.


Now I’ve seen Ms Asif’s work on display as she hails from our very own Karachi’s very own Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and the work displayed in the cafe is the same that earned her a distinction in her final thesis presentation. The teaser poster suggests her work as a step aside from conventions we tend to find comforting in our daily lives, and so I cannot wait to experience a combination of having to see the rest of her work and a good cup of coffee to sip on while I do.

8 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    It is most definitely going to be a welcome change for Karachi. Well done Sabeen (Beanz), I wish her all the success in bringing culture to the coffee house.

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm


    Will be there,

    Happy Launching ~ Opening , All the best !


  3. Jamash (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    A brilliant and outstanding concept to promote our culture and art scene, indeed an excellent addition to our city, many congratulations to Sabeen.

    Wish you all the success.

  4. zainub (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

    Can’t help admit that the free wireless access is the thing that excites me most, though on the whole, its quite an interesting concept. Making it to the opening sounds tough, but after everything I’ve read about it, it will be very hard to postpone going there for too long. Will certainly visit the place some time soon.

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    free wireless access is the thing that excites me most

    Only if they are not using a dialup connection at backend :-). Waise it’s not a BIG deal if they give free WiFi access. It doesn’t cost much,still I am sure they would be covering the amount of Internet charges in a single cup of tea/coffee. God bless Capitalism!

    P.S: Jatay Jatay Tony Bhai ko mera akhri salam. Marhoom boht he Manhoos Admi thay. Khud tu Doobay,Sanam[Diana] ko bhe Lay doobay.

    Would Mr.Elton sing “Candle in the Wind” for Mr.Tony? just wondering!

  6. Fatima K. (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    Wi-fi services are provided by Maxcom (, and they offer only DSL. I switched over to Maxcom myself from my previous ISP which gave me no service AND no customer service and so far I’ve had no complaints.

  7. Mehreen A (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:57 am


    Dear Friends,

    In view of the Black Day and strike calls, we have decided to postpone the opening of The Second Floor, for the safety of our customers, suppliers, and staff. We now plan to open our doors on Tuesday 15th May. We request that you visit our website for updates, just in case matters get worse. You may also check by calling on 538-9273.

    We’re very saddened by this attack on our city and share the pain of those who have suffered.

    Sabeen & the T2F Team

  8. wasiq (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Mr Amin sayani the radio celon’s presenter of the hit show Binaca geet mala is in karachi i wish to welcome him… my school days when cable/satellite tv has not yet invaded our homes…his mesmerizing voice and charming style was my only window to the latest indian music scene….

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