Not Guilty bar has new name

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Queenstown’s historic courthouse – now a watering hole – has a new name.

The bar, formerly known as Guilty, has been changed to 1876 Bar and Restaurant after new owners ran a re-naming competition.

Queenstowner Masako Shinagawa last night (Thursdsay) won a $500 tab for her name choice 1876 – the year the stone courthouse was completed – when the new name and logo was unveiled.

New owners Michelle and Craig Eccles, who previously lived in Auckland for eight years, decided to steer away from “corny courthouse-themed names” and settled for the date-themed title.

“There’re no other numeric place names in Queenstown so it gives us a point of difference,” Michelle says.

The courthouse was converted into Guilty bar four years ago by publicans Barry Ellis and Wal Hayes.