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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Blogging under the influence

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As my earlier post indicated, if there's one thing that local bloggers agree on, it's that alcohol is a vital ingredient of Wellington life. It might even be, gasp, more important than coffee! But before I present my plans for a bar-review blog and a wellyblog boozeup, I'll unveil the identity of mystery bar number 7.

Mystery bar number 7This proved to be more of a challenge than recent efforts, and for good reason. It's only been open for a few weeks, it's up a long staircase, and the only signage is one of those flexible pavement signs that is put away when the bar's not open. Stephen's educated guess was the closest: "the *new* *improved* Workingmen's club". It's not a replacement for the Workingmen's club, though it may have taken over one of their rooms. Head upstairs to the club, and instead of heading right to the TAB, turn left and you'll find yourself in Morocco.

The name's a bit of a mystery, and perhaps something of a disappointment if you're expecting tagine kofte, cheap hashish and eager-to-please house boys. There's very little of the exotic Maghreb here, and it was a little too quiet when we visited in the early evening, but the comfy 70s furniture and intriguing cocktail list promise much in the way of laid-back drinking pleasure. Dedicated WellUrbanites may recall my earlier post predating its opening. Get there quick, before the bridge-and-tunnel crowd arrive from Courtenay Place.

Organising a proper wellyblog boozeup might take a bit more notice than this, but who's up for a preliminary round tomorrow night? See you at Morocco, upstairs off Cuba Mall, at 7ish. Bring friends and a robust liver.


At 1:04 pm, October 13, 2005, Blogger Baz said...

Sorry mate, funds are currently tighter than the space between Brash and the loonies^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Brethren.

Next month maybe...

At 9:26 am, October 14, 2005, Blogger Hadyn said...

Will be there and, if time permits, with bells on! Will try to bring other Welly bloggers with me.

At 2:37 pm, October 14, 2005, Blogger the_sifter said...

Might just be there...

I'll be holding yesterday's DomPost, opened to the crossword page, and using a pencil.


[Shall we have a no-photos rule so that we can maintain our anonymity?]

At 3:28 pm, October 14, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

OK, no photos, at least not identifiable ones. Black bars will be photoshopped across eyes if necessary, as is customary when people are cught in unspeakable acts.

I'll recognise you by your inverted conical head, and you'll recognise me by "hirsute and therefore aptly-monikered" nature.

At 5:18 pm, October 14, 2005, Blogger s. said...

You two slay me. You really do.

At 4:50 pm, October 15, 2005, Blogger s. said...

To-om. Where were you last night, To-om? We were there. Where were you, To-om?

At 9:33 am, October 17, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

We were there, probably 'til about 9ish: other bars awaited, and besides, they had no mint so they couldn't make any Agavitos.

Either you were there later, or you were the ones lurking beneath the World Map, but as none of those people had one hand on their mouth and one in their pocket, or had a giant martini protruding from their collar, we presumed it wasn't you.

At 4:02 pm, October 17, 2005, Blogger the_sifter said...

... we probably passed each other on the stairs, as I think we got there about then. We'd just had a couple of martinis each at Tupelo that were the size of a small bathtub.

We ended up 'lurking' on the pool table, somehow able to still shoot straight-ish.

I think the place has promise, in a way I hope it stays 'secret'.

At 9:36 pm, October 17, 2005, Blogger s. said...

You two slay me. You really do.

Oh wait, I already said that.

At 12:57 pm, October 18, 2005, Blogger s. said...

To-om. We were there at 8.30, To-om. Didn't see anyone who looked remotely like your 'avatar'. Do you look remotely like your 'avatar', To-om?

We were drinking beers out of bottles and playing pool with Mono staff and champion baristas. Using pool-cues, as it happened, not pencils. Nor were we - in the event - carrying yesterday's DomPost open to the crossword page.

I blame The_Sifter. Again.

At 2:08 pm, October 19, 2005, Blogger the_sifter said...

Mojo dude, not 'mono'.

Seesh, I can't be around all the time to fix up your mistakes... ;-)

At 4:52 pm, October 20, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

We were probably gone by 8:30, though I'm not sure of the exact time, as time becomes a fluid notion after a couple of caipirinhas. By that stage we'd pretty much exhausted the available cocktail repertoire (temporarily reduced due to unavailability of key ingredients), so it was time to move one.


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