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Friday, September 29, 2006

Mystery bar number 44

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Today I could write about important stuff, like the saving of the Overlander and whether there's still a need for scepticism; the final closure of the Tattoo Museum (no tiki bar, dammit); the vast new groundscraper planned for Harbour Quays; or the further transformation of Miramar into Geek Mecca. But it's Friday, so let's talk bars.

The last mystery bar was obscure enough to inspire a few different guesses, but LX got the building right and SirMatt was spot on: it's the Stadium Bar in the backpackers opposite the Railway Station. The building is one of Wellington's grandest art deco survivors, but it's gone a long way downmarket from when the Queen stayed there.

Mystery bar #44 - chairs and lampsThis time, we're back to the other end of the market. Today's mystery bar is better known as one of Wellington's finest restaurants, but it definitely contains a bar and as Stephen would say, they can certainly drop a decent 'tini. The decor tries hard to create a level of intimacy in a cavernous space, and generally succeeds through balancing light and dark materials while varying the ceiling height and introducing contemporary chandeliers.

It's a very suity kind of place, though that's not surprising given the prices ($15 Martini, mains pushing $40), and the staff seemed professional enough to treat casually dressed customers with the same attentiveness. And while it had a very hushed atmosphere when I visited, it's been known to get a bit more lively when there's a band playing.

Mystery bar #44 - the bar


At 10:52 am, September 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolton Hotel bar??

At 8:13 am, October 03, 2006, Blogger Hadyn said...

Sorry Tom this isn't a guess for the bar...

I don't want to sound like a vulture but will there be a sale of some kind at the tattoo museum?

Ok, I 'll guess...hmmmm...finest restaurants? Well, that rules out most (all) places I've been. Logan brown?


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