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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Mystery bar number 5

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Mystery bar number 4 turned out to be far too easy: it's Beau Monde in Tory St. Either you guys are very observant or you drink too much.

I'm hoping that this one will be a bit more of a challenge. It's down a corridor beside a restaurant, in a part of town that has a few caf├ęs and the odd pub, but is certainly not a nightlife hub. The bar is in a covered courtyard that feels almost outside: the floor and back wall are brick, and the translucent ceiling is covered in creepers and fairy lights that dangle down to just above your heads. It's very close to being kitsch (there are putti winging their innocent way through the greenery) but the plants and decor have been around long enough for it to feel charming rather than contrived.

It's not a cocktail bar, but a wine bar with a small but tasty wine list and a couple of interesting digestifs. The food is Italian, with the usual pizza and pasta and a few original dishes (try the Fegato Modo Mio), and the theme was continued by Dino crooning away. We didn't try the desserts, which sounded appealing, though this is not a place to have your cake and eat it too. It was very quiet early on a Wednesday evening, though I imagine that on a summer's night the courtyard's appeal would be enough for it to hum along quite nicely.


At 3:33 pm, September 22, 2005, Blogger Kate Borrell said...

The pretty pic and the sound of the conservatory out the back makes this sound like L'Italiano Cafe & Pizzeria. It's on Tinakori Road and I didn't think it was a wine bar.

At 12:56 pm, September 23, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

You're both right, in a way. It is Mezzaluna, and it was L'Italiano until recently. It calls itself a wine bar and restaurant, and while the restaurant part dominates, you're most welcome to just sit in the courtyard and drink. Which is fine with me!

At 2:16 pm, September 23, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

Well, another desktop wallpaper probably wouldn't cut it!

I've been meaning to organise a "Wellyblog pissup" to get a bunch of local bloggers (especially those with a proven interest in alcoholic beverages) together. If that comes to pass, and you can make it there, I'll buy you a drink as your prize. Deal?

At 5:30 pm, October 12, 2005, Blogger s. said...

I know at least two, poss. three welly-bloggers who'd be keen. Bring it, as they say, on.


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