Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Mystery bar number 17

An anonymous commenter was the first to get last week's mystery bar: it was indeed Cobar at Days Bay. It has quite a good reputation for food, and the outside decks are always popular. The décor is surprisingly bland, but there's very little competition there, and in any case, a good proportion of the target demographic probably thinks that "early 90's hotel lobby" counts as cutting edge interior design.

Mystery bar #17 - interiorThis week's mystery bar is a bit more central. Unlike Cobar, it's had to choose between views and evening sun, and has chosen the latter. The interior is nothing special, with the same combination of dark wood, brown leather and cream walls that's become the safe choice these days. But it's the exterior, or more precisely the ease with which the interior and exterior blend together, that's the selling point. There aren't many places in Wellington where you can take a comfy leather sofa into the sun and enjoy a decent Pinot Gris.

Mystery bar #17 - mysterious machineryThe one unique thing about this bar's décor is this piece of machinery outside the doors. I suppose it gives a sense of history to the place, but it looks a little odd, and I'm pretty sure that this is the only thing in the bar that comes from Birmingham.

Despite bearing copious amounts of beer-related branding, this is not exactly a beer barn. It's much more intimate and upmarket than most of its neighbours, and it boasts a long list of cocktails and wines. There's even an impressive cellar list, though I have one small piece of advice for them: if you aspire to be the sort of bar that sells first-growth Bordeaux, it's a good idea to ensure that your wine list spells "Chateau La Fluer-Petrus" and "Chateau Mouton Rotheschild" correctly.


At 6:06 pm, January 20, 2006, Blogger the_sifter said...

Loaded Hog?

At 6:07 pm, January 20, 2006, Blogger the_sifter said...

Damn - let me retract that post - Speight's Ale House (Thorndon)?

At 12:57 pm, January 21, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

I don't think either quite counts as "intimate and upmarket" :-)

At 9:04 am, January 24, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Hmm, getting close bushwacker: do you know the name of the place in question?

And yes, I've been surprised by the number of visitors from overseas. Apart from the Waitangi competition, I would have thought that my blog would only really interest Wellingtonians. Some of the Japanese hits are illusory due to dodgy IP address tracking: some of my readers show up as being from Japan, when I know that they're on the Terrace or in Gracefield. I did get a fan email from a professor in Polad, though!

At 9:11 am, January 24, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

er, I meant "Poland" of course

At 8:44 am, January 25, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

You've got the location, but for chocolate fish awards I need a name...

At 10:20 am, January 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugo's. Or, according to some of the branding, Hugo's Stella Bar.

Strange little place, considering the prominence of Stella branding yet not having it on tap, instead going with Speights and Guinness.


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