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Monday, September 18, 2006

Mystery bar number 42

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As I've already mentioned, the previous mystery bar was Ernesto. Some may quibble with my designation of it as a "bar", as it's clearly more of a café during the day, but in the evening it goes through a subtle transformation as the counter food is cleared away and replaced by bottles of hard liquor. Nice.

Mystery Bar #42 - barstools and lightsWhile Ernesto goes out of its way to achieve a casual boho vibe (serving bottles of wine with random tiny tumblers rather than stemware, for instance), today's mystery bar goes all out for jazz-age glamour. Custom furniture and light fittings combine with some clever use of proportions and colour to define spaces with varying degrees of grandeur and intimacy. There's a lot of dark leather and chrome, giving it quite a masculine feel, but that's balanced by heavy velour curtains and subtly patterned wallpaper.

The drinks selection is much more balanced than one might think at first, with prominent display being given to wine, beer and liquor. The wine list starts fairly modestly, but quickly shoots off into the stratosphere, with an interesting selection of European aromatics alongside the usual suspects. While not quite in the league of Matterhorn or Motel, the top shelf is quite impressively stocked with premium spirits, including the now-obligatory Tanqueray Ten. This is definitely an upmarket bar, but should appeal to a broad enough cross-section of Wellington bar-goers to succeed in a location that has proved difficult in the past.

Mystery Bar #42 - the bar


At 2:21 PM, September 18, 2006, Anonymous Johnny-johnny said...

Red Square?

At 2:39 PM, September 18, 2006, Anonymous speckle said...

Last Supper Club?

At 5:25 PM, September 18, 2006, Anonymous Jules said...

It would have to be the Hawthorne Lounge!

At 1:46 PM, September 19, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Nope, though I can see why you'd think of the Hawthorn Lounge. This place is bigger and newer than all of them.

At 3:55 PM, September 20, 2006, Blogger Side said...

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At 3:57 PM, September 20, 2006, Blogger Side said...

Reminds me of liquidate but for some missing bits.

At 4:00 PM, September 20, 2006, Blogger Side said...

Hmm and the different stools and lights and age, so no.

At 4:35 PM, September 20, 2006, Anonymous Jules said...

Is it the new place I am not quite sure what it is called but it is in the newly restored Wellington Free Ambulance Building. I think it might be called H bar.

At 4:41 PM, September 20, 2006, Anonymous Jules said...

Apparently its called the 'St John's Heineken Hotel'


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