Bar’s last blast before makeover
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.