Bar’s last blast be­fore makeover

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Like its name, drawn from Doc­tor Who’s time ma­chine, Queen­stown’s Tardis bar could be en­ter­ing a time warp.

Af­ter 17 years of pump­ing drum and bass, hip-hop, reg­gae and dance mu­sic, Queen­stown’s Tardis Bar opened its door on Cow Lane on Satur­day for the last time.

Own­ers Matthew Yates and Scott Stevens have shut the bar, for now, and were ex­pected to re­open again in six weeks with a ‘‘new de­sign con­cept’’.

Yates said it was not the end of Tardis, only ‘‘the end as you know it on Cow Lane’’.

The Tardis brand had ‘‘too much draw to it’’ and it was pos­si­ble a Tardis would open at an­other site, he said

The bar was opened in 1998 to fill a niche mar­ket and help Queen­stown party-go­ers steer clear from the ‘80s cover band mu­sic dom­i­nat­ing the town.

It has also been used as a base for up-and-com­ing mu­sic artists, in­clud­ing Paora Apera, known as P-Digsss, who went on to be the lead singer of top New Zealand act Shapeshifter.

‘‘It has al­ways been about the mu­sic,’’ Yates said.

‘‘It was re­ally tough for us [to shut the doors] be­cause we have en­joyed the past 17 years im­mensely,’’ Yates said. Long-serv­ing Tardis bar­man Pis­tol Pete served up the fi­nal drinks at the bar, for now, at the week­end. Photo: Che Baker

Long-serv­ing Tardis bar­man Pis­tol Pete, who joined the team 13 years ago, said ‘‘it has been fan­tas­tic’’.

The bar be­come ‘‘like a home’’ to him and a favourite spot for lo­cals, he said.

Yates was not will­ing to re­veal what the new con­cept at the site would be.

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