On the improve: Cargo Gantley's new bar fit-out


Resource consent’s been granted for a brewery/functions centre behind the historic Cargo Gantley’s at Queenstown’s Arthurs Point.

The building, expected to open towards the end of next year, will match the design of the existing bar/restaurant, which dates back to about 1863 when Arthurs Point was first  settled.

It’ll also mark the culmination of several improvements made since Meron and Malcolm Blakey leased the venue in early 2020 and local-based tech entrepreneur Rod Drury bought
the property later that year.

The venue’s latterly added new bathrooms, two new dining areas, a brand-new bar ‘‘which
fits in with the character of the building a lot better’’, Malcolm Blakey says, and a deck with
louvre roof and heating.

Blakey used to brew from their Gibbston venue, Cargo Cellar Door, at Waitiri Creek, ‘‘but it was too small to handle the amount of beer we were selling through Gantley’s, so we decommissioned that brewery and sold it’’, he says.

They currently get their recipes contract-brewed by Queenstown’s Searchlight Brewery and
Otago Polytech’s brew school in Cromwell.

With their new brewery, they’ll have three 3600-litre tanks, with capacity to expand.

‘‘We’re really looking forward to operating our own brewery again and being able to produce not only our classic range of beers but seasonal beers and new releases,’’ Blakey says.

Most of the new building, however, will be taken up with a multi-purpose events space, from which the brewery will be separated by glass.

‘‘We see it as a really versatile space that can be used for a wide variety of community events and corporate ones,’’ Blakey adds.

‘‘We’re hoping to have weddings, conference groups and gala dinners.’’

It’ll have standing room for 240 people and seating for 170.

‘‘It’s a long time since Queenstown’s had a new kind of function space like this.’’

The building’s been designed by Queenstown architecture and design firm, Yoke.