Backbencher reopening

February 4th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Sophie Speer at Stuff reports:

Seven bespoke puppets of the “most influential” politicians in the Beehive will join old favourites when The reopens in Wellington this month.

But owner Alistair Boyce is not saying who the MPs are – and each puppet will be unveiled by the politician it was modelled on, to give them “a right of reply”.

Spontaneously combusting tea towels caused a fire which gutted the Molesworth St pub and restaurant – a favoured haunt of political types – last June.

Work is on track to reopen the bar with a private function on February 12, followed by a soft public opening by the end of that week.

Yay.

Not only is the Backbencher my local, I am by definition its oldest patron as I went for a drink there on the day it first opened in the early 90s, as it was 100 metres from Red Cross House on Hill Street where I was then working. And one of their displays even features some of my more mischievous work of the mid 1990s!

So will be great to have it back again, and to see what changes have been made to it.

Political panel show Back Benches would again be filmed in the bar, with Prime screening 20 episodes, hosted by Wallace Chapman, from April.

Also a welcome return.

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8 Responses to “Backbencher reopening”

  1. anonymouse (716 comments) says:

    I think the term you want is “longest standing patron” there are certainly older patrons than you at the back bencher :)

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  2. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Yay!

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  3. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    Not always standing :-)

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  4. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Time for another bloggers drinks DPF?

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  5. Pete George (23,567 comments) says:

    Good to see both the pub and the show will be back in action. One of my ambitions is to visit Wellington to partake in both (I went to the show when it was in Dunedin a year or two ago).

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  6. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    DPF:

    And one of their displays even features some of my more mischievous work of the mid 1990s!

    The mind boggles…. Going to share? 8O

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  7. Mobile Michael (452 comments) says:

    @Elaycee – Young Mr Farrer put out a satirical press release in the mid 90s that Michael Laws had been murdered and that Police were interviewing 2,000,000 suspects, including Jim Bolger. The Police took a dim view of the use of their logo and arrested him. I think the matter was eventually dropped, but Tom Scott had a very good take on it. I hope the display has survived…

    I’m sure a judge would’ve thrown it out anyway as no one could have read it and thought it was genuine.

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  8. Tauhei Notts (1,714 comments) says:

    Would I be classified as a curmudgeon if I was to explain that Wallace Chapman is, in my opinion, an unwelcome prat. But it is great that my favourite Wellington watering hole will re-open.

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