Queenstown awash with too many bars – poll


Queenstown’s got too many booze barns, according to the results of a snap scene.co.nz poll. 

The latest and relatively unscientific weekly scene.co.nz poll asked: Does Queenstown have too many bars? 

A total of 49 voters – or 59 per cent – reckoned the place was overflowing, whilst 34 – or 41 per cent – voted ‘no’. 

Queenstown’s bar scene has surged in recent months with the addition of The Ballarat Trading Company, South American-flavoured Melt, Searle Lane and Social, an expanded Revolver bar offering regular live acts in a new Shotover Street spot, a new upstairs spot at Buffalo Club plus the raunchy new Cadillac Club in the place of former short-lived strip joint Rolla down Church Lane. 

Plus there’s more to come. 

Aucklander Leo Molloy has plans to start a Queenstown version of his popular Auckland Viaduct bar Cowboy. 

For once, the glass of Mountain Scene’s long-serving chief news hound and consummate Queenstown barfly Philip ‘Scoop’ Chandler is only half full. 

“There’s no way the town or visitor numbers can sustain all those bars. 

“For the first time in my 25 years here, I believe we will see some major casualties in the next year or two – despite my best efforts,” Scoop says.