New bar taps into simple pleasures
A new bar on the block gathers one man’s favourite things in life, all under one roof; ‘‘coffee, beer and vintage motorcycles’’.
Part workshop display, part cafe, part bar, 5Tapped opened on Blenheim’s Scott St last week with an invite-only harvest party that has been the talk of the town since. Owner Hadyn Mearns said the bar had been years in the making, and he was excited to finally see it become a reality.
The bar’s point of difference was a constantly rotating selection of drinks - featuring a range of craft beers and gourmet coffee.
‘‘We have just five coffee varieties at all times,’’ Mearns said.
‘‘We purchase a kilogram of a specific coffee brand and then once that runs out, we switch over to a new one.’’
The bar opened last Tuesday serving Velo, Karajoz Black Label, Alpenzano Brew, Eighthirty Coffee Roasters and Java Joes.
‘‘Although I expect that these will run out quite quickly,’’ Mearns said.
Keeping with the ‘five tapped’ theme, the bar started with a Terao pilsener, a Boneface sour pale ale, a Southpaw fresh hop pale ale, a ParrotDog fresh hop sour and a Liberty Brewing/ Hawkers black IPA.
Sample them while you can though, because like the coffee, these brews will be swapped out for new varieties once the kegs are empty.
Although the bar doesn’t currently serve meals, hungry customers are able to order dishes from their favourite Blenheim restaurants and get them delivered to the bar, Mearns said.
These included Pizza Hut, Lemongrass Asian Fusion Restaurant, Master Roast & Master Oriental, Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill and Village India.
‘‘Orders are phoned through and someone from the company then comes around and delivers the food,’’ he said.
‘‘This avoids the need to have a commercial kitchen and also helps out local suppliers.’’
It would all be served up in an ‘‘alternative, eclectic’’ bar made up of materials’’.
‘‘We collected a bunch of materials and tried to be as resourceful as possible,’’ Mearns said.
‘‘The atmosphere is pretty unique because a lot of stuff is already vintage.
‘‘We also have a complimentary workshop display of vintage ‘‘largely recycled bikes and cars.
‘‘It’s my home collection, which I worked on myself.’’
Mearns said he was ‘‘excited’’ to get feedback from people.
‘‘I’ve been dreaming of it for five years and I hope the bar creates conversation.’’
5Tapped, on Scott St behind Harvey Norman, is open from 8am-8pm, Tuesday - Saturday.
5Tapped is an ‘‘alternative, eclectic’’ bar made up of ‘‘largely recycled materials’’.