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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Democracy in action

Wellingtini: a guide for the thirsty - dead tree edition!At the risk of pimping the Wellingtonista awards ad nauseum, I thought I'd just point out that you have only two hours before voting closes. In case you need an incentive to vote (as if T-shirts and salads weren't enough!), I'll be throwing one more prize into the pool: a (very very) limited edition booklet called Wellingtini: a guide for the thirsty. This gathers together all my Martini reviews into one handy dead-tree format, adds some never-before-seen recipes, and garnishes it all with some surprisingly sober reflections and a scholarly bibli(ous)ography.

To be eligible, all you need to do is:

a) vote; and
b) turn up to the awards ceremony tomorrow evening.

As an aside, while compiling the reviews, I had to decide upon whether to include defunct bars. To do so would not be much help for the Martini tourist, but it may offer some insight into the reasons why those bars are no longer with us. A case in point is Boss in Dixon St, which is being replaced by Santa Fe from around the corner in Taranaki St (does anyone know what's to become of that location?). Boss was never exactly as classy as it wanted to be, and there were even hints that it was heading in this direction (we once saw a stripper being ushered into the back room by the staff), but some might say that this marks a new low for what has long been the Bermuda Triangle of Wellington bars (Dixon, Manners, Cuba). When Hope Bros is the most stylish and upmarket bar in the vicinity, you know you're in trouble.


At 3:47 pm, November 30, 2006, Blogger Baz said...

Doesn't that Wellingtonista link say that votes have to be placed *before* November 30?

At 3:58 pm, November 30, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Indeed it does, but the later link (about the awards ceremony) says "voting closes at 5pm on Thursday". I also know that Jo is still counting votes so: one hour left to vote for Crofton Downs as the most happening 'burb!

At 4:09 pm, November 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'When Hope Bros is the most stylish and upmarket bar in the vicinity'

And by quite a considerable margin too...oh lordy.

At 6:33 pm, November 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so... the lap dancers at santa Fe are to be right in the heart of the Welly night life, instead of round the side in a old garage?

Wasn't there a big kerfuffle a few years ago when Mermaids opened in Courtenay, and all hell broke loose from Blumsky (a former mayor). And didn't the council change the law so that could never happen again, and that none of them could have lurid sexy signs?

Ummm, so, what gives? Blummer must be spinning in his grave, if not just falling down the stairs.

And does the fact that Santa Fe is moving have anything to do with the developer of the Watermark on top of the old markets building, as he is steadily buying up all the surrounding buildings so no-one can build him out?

And (last thing), shouldn't Santa Fe move to the Coyote bar site, given that the architectural style is Sante Fe style? Or is that too much to expect from a porn king?

At 6:39 pm, November 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is that exclusive book(let) in an edition of about 2 then? And you've got no. 1 ? Man, that's gotta be worth a bundle.

At 11:05 pm, November 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given that th current Santa Fe site is right next to the Land Equity Group (the developers of the Watermark) building, I wouldn't be surprised.

At 8:06 am, December 01, 2006, Blogger Hadyn said...

Wait, Blumsky complained about strippers? Mark Blumsky? The same one who put up a big bilboard of a topless woman in Manners Mall to advertise his pizza company?

Perhaps he was angry that the Courtenay Pl location meant more people would see him go in?

At 7:21 pm, September 24, 2007, Blogger Sid said...

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At 7:22 pm, September 24, 2007, Blogger Sid said...

Would you have a PDF of the martini reviews? I've been trying hard to get a good dry martini here in Wellington.

At 9:13 am, September 25, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

I can make one available, if you let me know your email address. In the meantime, Capitol, Hawthorn Lounge, Matterhorn and Motel should all see you right.


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