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Friday, October 06, 2006

Mystery bar number 45

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Last week's mystery bar was too easy: it's the bar at the Bolton Hotel. It's nice to see a hotel with an accessible bar, stylish (if unexciting) decor and quality staff. In New Zealand we've tended to think of hotel bars and restaurants as being exclusively for guests rather than an addition to the city's dining and nightlife scene, which might explain some of the anti-Hilton reactions. While the Bolton might not be part of most people's bar itinerary, it's restaurant Bisque has gained a reputation for spectacular food worth braving the wilds of the Terrace for.

Mystery bar #45 - the barLurching back downmarket, it's time for a new mystery bar. This is not the sort of place where you'd expect a smoked quail salad, and in fact I'm not sure what sort of food to expect, if any. The decor and theme says "buffalo wings and burgers", whereas the clientele and management suggested kim chi and gimbap. The confusion extends to the name of this place, and the name on the license and door was different from the signs on the outside of the building.

The interior is also a bit of a mish-mash, or perhaps "palimpsest" is a more accurate word, since it seems to bear the traces of many previous existences, with each new owner just adding a token layer of new gimmicks. Perhaps it was a mistake to visit it during twilight, as it's definitely the sort of place that benefits from darkness (and an impaired sense of smell). That's not the point, though, as there's really only one thing the patrons come here for (apart from drinking, of course).

13 Comments:

At 12:55 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Alan said...

A strip club?

 
At 1:02 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Baz said...

Hey! Stop taking photos of the inside of my house!

 
At 1:29 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

santa fe lapdancing club, on Mud-wrestling night? does that explain the colour of the walls?

 
At 1:31 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

....cos i figure that was on your way home last night after the great Debate.....

 
At 1:55 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Nope, not a strip club. The entertainment on offer is of a more interactive kind (strip clubs can be interactive too, though that costs extra. Apparently).

 
At 2:29 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Sarge said...

Er... Rain?

(Surely not)

 
At 3:04 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Simon said...

...out on a limb, but that Korean karaoke place, name escapes me...

 
At 3:07 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Baz said...

Give us a clue. What was the martini like?

 
At 3:20 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Jo Hubris said...

Club K?

 
At 3:50 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Nope, not Rain, Club K, nor any other karaoke place. The form of interactive entertainment on offer is hinted at in the second picture.

 
At 5:05 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Maximus said...

the Que Room. Cue Room? Queue Room? the White Room? (despite being brown)
a place for playing pool? or somewhere where someone called Jack lives? The White Stripes Wellington hideaway therefore?

 
At 5:08 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Marc said...

When is the Mystery Bar every going to be some place that I actually go to......?!!!

 
At 1:46 AM, October 08, 2006, Anonymous DeepRed said...

I believed I actually passed by the place in question last night, it's either Breakers or the White Room.

 

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