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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mystery bar number 66

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I was kind of hoping that someone would mistake the previous mystery bar for Matterhorn, because the décor strongly reminded me of it. It certainly appears that Allistar Cox and his team have aimed for a darker and more minimal look for this, the latest branch of Mojo in Bond St, than in some of the other outlets. It also moves a little further away from the daytime café model, as it has a full kitchen, function rooms, beer on tap and is open in the evening towards the end of the week, all of which bodes well for the upcoming branches at Kumutoto and in upper Cuba St.

Mystery bar #66 - the barA lot of my recent mystery bars have been more like cafés with alcohol than "real" bars, but that doesn't apply to this one. It doesn't open until well into the evening, and while some food is obligatory, it's all about the drinks. They specialise in cocktails, with an interesting list that twists and tweaks the classics without getting too silly. They're especially strong on Champagne cocktails, but there's a very comprehensive spirits selection and experienced staff who should be able to mix you any classic drink as well as leading you pleasantly astray with their own concoctions.

It's a themed bar in a way, but they haven't gone overboard. The décor is mostly a mix of elegance and retro kitsch, though there are a few prints and quotations around the walls to remind you of their concept, and a soundtrack and video loops that are a little more individual than you would expect for this part of town. One might almost have hoped for a little more surrealism, though I suppose after a few drinks the split-level floor, mirrors and carpeted walls might become disorienting enough on their own.

Mystery bar #66 - patrons and custom chandelier

17 Comments:

At 11:12 PM, November 14, 2007, Blogger Sarah said...

Curioser and curioser! It must be Alice.

 
At 11:46 PM, November 14, 2007, Anonymous cc_vince said...

and i'll never get use to not living next door too.....

Alice

cool bar, holly does well and there is nothing quite like kicking back in the comfy chairs AND still being at the bar

 
At 8:55 AM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Gemma said...

Ah yes - you guys are too quick for me. I woke up on Saturday with a large collection of their gaudy cocktail swizzle sticks in my handbag. Curious, alright.

I enjoyed going there the other night, but was a bit taken aback when the doorman asked to check my small handbag as I entered. I can't recall that ever happening in Wellington

 
At 9:09 AM, November 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alice? Alice! Where for art thou Alice? Anybody going to tell where exactly young Alice might be?

 
At 9:14 AM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Follow the white rabbit!

 
At 9:48 AM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Stephen said...

"the doorman asked to check my small handbag as I entered."

WTF? My only experience of this kind of thing (not that I usually carry a handbag you understand) is in Israel, where security requires this at the entrance to every public place.

Were they looking for WMD?

 
At 10:04 AM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Maybe he just really liked it and wondered where he could get something similar. Either that, or he was checking for little red and blue pills.

 
At 10:21 AM, November 15, 2007, Anonymous Marc said...

Well....New Zealand is apparently filled with terrorists...so he was probably doing his civil duty in checking any suspicious looking package....

Yeah....right....but it is an explanantion that might appeal to the Dominion Post....

 
At 12:42 PM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Gemma said...

Yes, it was really strange - when I did open it he only briefly glanced at the interior, so presumably anything suspect could have still made it inside with me...

 
At 1:06 PM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Gemma said...

And Tom, I honestly don't know what you're implying...

 
At 1:20 PM, November 15, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

More of a Matrix/Jefferson Airplane reference than an allusion to the original book. And certainly nothing to do with whatever you keep in your handbag! ;-)

 
At 2:12 PM, November 16, 2007, Blogger Sarah said...

Ooh, sorry Gemma, those swizzle sticks in your handbag may have been my fault. Perhaps they should start checking handbags on the way out...

 
At 2:17 PM, November 16, 2007, Anonymous James said...

Yeah sorry about that Gemma, we did that when you weren't looking.

I was fun tho.

 
At 2:27 PM, November 16, 2007, Blogger Gemma said...

Ha!! You sneaks. I guess I shouldn't have left my bag alone at the bar with such shady characters nearby... ;)

 
At 2:33 PM, November 16, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Hang on, when did the comments on this post turn into a chat room? Don't you people know about facbook?! ;-)

 
At 2:37 PM, November 16, 2007, Blogger Gemma said...

Ha ha! You love it, Tom - your blog, bringing people together. ;)

 
At 5:00 PM, November 17, 2007, Blogger Joanna said...

Given that Boogie Wonderland caters to Hen's Night-type parties, I can kind of understand why they check bags - they're wondering if you're sneaking in your own BYO, I guess.

 

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