New bar taps into sim­ple plea­sures

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - CHLOE RANFORD

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’’.

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