World owners snap up CBD bar


The owners of Queenstown’s long-established World Bar night club, razed by fire two years ago, have bought another CBD bar, Monty’s.

After the fire they opened pop-up bar The Find, also on Shotover Street, but their hopes of returning to new premises on their original site late last year.

Co-owner Gary Livesey says their new bar will enable them to expand the fast-growing food business they’ve established at The Find.

After taking over March 20, he says they’ll probably close the bar so they can redevelop the premises in time for winter trading.

Buying Monty’s is “step one of our comeback from the fire”, Livesey says.

“We’ll definitely have a World Bar back in some shape or form within Queenstown, we’re not sure when and where that will be.”

Monty’s was opened in 2002 by local publican Barry Ellis, who retains his other CBD bar Pig & Whistle and two Dunedin bars.