Pop-up bar The Find will close this month as owners shift their energy to their reborn The World Bar.
The Shotover Street venue opened in June 2013 after Queenstown’s iconic teapot-serving bar burned down that May.
But co-owner Gary Livesey says “precious neighbours, a poorly-designed building and a dodgy location” made
running The Find a battle.
It is located in the same building as live music venue Revolver, which was forced to close by neighbours after noise complaints.
“We’ve mitigated most of the problems but it’s certainly restricted us.
“This is our own choosing. We had quite a good relationship with the neighbours but it’s more the fact the amount of effort and energy focused into The Find and now the new bar is quite tiring.”
Livesey says The Find has a future though in another venue. It’s just outgrown the Shotover St site.
“It would be better to look for another venue where it’s easier to make it work.
“There’s no set timeframe as yet, we’ve got ideas and really random ideas.”
Born of a boozy conversation, The Find was intended to be open for three to six months but was still going two years later.
Three or four of the staff will migrate to The World Bar, now on Church St, while others were scheduled to leave
anyway, Livesey says.
“We’re really proud of everything we achieved.”
Livesey says The Find was doing decent business, while The World Bar is now “crazy” but the bar scene in town as a whole appears to be having a mediocre winter season.
The last night closing party will be August 30.
“To say we’re going to go out in style is an understatement,” he says.
“The roof will be well and truly raised.”
The line-up over the next three weeks includes The Peacekeepers, a Ladi6 afterparty, Gay Ski Week QT opening party, and other acts, along with resident DJs Stubacca, Salmon, Kommissar, Johnny, Ribera and Beau.
“We might even turn it up,” Livesey says.