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

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Smooth texture

There's a new site in town, and it looks like it'll be taking over a lot of WellUrban's territory. It's called Texture, and since mid-December it's been covering Wellington's drinking, dining, shopping and nightlife scenes.

Texture bannerIt's a very slick site, though a bit slow to load with all that Flash and Javascript, and it comes loaded with RSS feeds, community forums, tag clouds and all that Web 2.0 goodness. As that might lead you to expect, it's not a product of one person with too much time on his or her hands, but a venture by Positively Wellington Tourism. It's the content that'll make or break it, though, and while it's yet to develop much presence on the search engines, the forums are busily discussing vital topics such as "Matterhorn vs Mighty Mighty?" and "What's the best drink you have had lately?". It's also been the bearer of some sad news, such as the fact that Cabaret has closed, and will now just be an extension of Chow.

A quick look through the links, reviews and gallery shows that there's a definite upmarket scenester bias to the site: I don't expect you'll see a "Glassons vs Supré?" thread, or a discussion on where to find the cheapest petrol in Tawa. Not that I'm complaining! In fact, have a glance at the Drink, Eat and Shop sections and ask yourself: would you find something like any of those places in, say, Tauranga? Exactly. It's another great reminder of why we love Wellington.


At 12:10 pm, January 12, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

It might depend upon when you go there. I've been there late on a Saturday night, and the only people dancing were (what looked like) a property developer from Whitby and his permatanned wife. There are other times when it might also suffer from what a London guidebook once referred to "Cool Brittania" tourists: people who've read that Matterhorn is the hip place to go, and go along to check out what all the fuss is about.

On the other hand, most of the time I've been there it's been great. Maybe my criteria are different to yours: I like a quietish, upmarket lounge bar which is also a serious restaurant. Perhaps Mighty Mighty is a bit closer to the old, pre-refurb Matterhorn, and will appeal more to the alternative, students-and-musos crowd. Still, both of them seem quite friendly to us civil servants, eh Jo? ;-)

At 1:08 pm, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be so snooty Jo, it doesn't suit you. i go there all the time, and always recognise other welliingtonians.... i love the Matterhorn, totally and unreservedly, both the food, the drink, the location, the decor, the music, the waiterpeople, the barman, the dj... etc etc. It can do no wrong.

At 1:28 pm, January 12, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

It amused me to overhear a young woman in Plum the other day saying "Oh, Matterhorn is sooo not Cuba Street any more, it's like, so posh." Ahem. And speaking like a Valley Girl is sooo not Wellington.

"there's just something about the'ho that makes my skin crawl" - the smell of deep-frying as you walk in the door?


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