World team rise from the ashes

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An iconic Queenstown bar destroyed by fire will begin its resurrection next week with a temporary new venue.

The World Bar team is pulling out all the stops to open ‘pop-up’ venue The Find for the final weekend of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, which starts tomorrow.

The World was to have hosted a final festival apres-ski party next Friday, June 28 – that’ll now be at The Find.

The bar and restaurant will be located in the street-side part of the former Revolver bar plus Thunderstruck tattoo parlour premises on Shotover Street.

“The Find will be around as long as it needs to be,” The World general manager Gary Livesey says.

“We’re already planning the new layout for The World Bar but it is likely going to be a while until we can get that up and running.”

Inspired by ad-hoc venues in hip urban districts in major cities and also Christchurch’s post-earthquake pop-ups, The Find won’t have the space to accommodate the larger headline acts booked to perform at The World.

“We envision The Find being a gathering point for friends, food and drinks, focusing the entertainment on smaller acts and unique multi-media events,” Livesey says, adding: “There might even be a couple of sneaky special events too, so watch this space.”

The World Bar’s 17-year-old venue – 300 metres away from The Find – burned down on May 24, after a fire spread from the kitchen of Fat Badgers Pizza restaurant underneath on Shotover St.

The fire claimed the premises and also the bar’s abundant memorabilia.

The Find concept came out of a South Island road trip by Livesey and marketing manager Chris Barnhart to find unique items that reminded them of the original bar and its vibe.

“Trying to replace 17 years’ worth of memorabilia is impossible,” Livesey says, “but we decided to look at this as day one of the next 17-year-plus collection.”

Revolver closed voluntarily in 2011 after a noise complaint from the owner of an apartment above.

The World team hopes to avoid the same problems by only using the front section of the premises and focusing on smaller acts.

Next Friday’s festival apres-ski gig – dubbed Thank George it’s Friday – features George FM DJs and will also double as The Find’s opening night.

Festival boss Lisa Buckingham says she’s over the moon that a new venue has been found in time.

“It’s great the George FM night will go ahead as planned. The World Bar was an integral part of the festival line-up and we’re so pleased.”

A festival workshop demonstrating ski and snowboard maintenance on Tuesday at 5pm has been shifted from The World to Lone Star.

Meanwhile, The World Bar has also launched a ‘Teapot Amnesty’ – encouraging people who have ever somehow ‘appropriated’ its famous cocktail teapots to surrender them for the new venue on July 1. No questions asked.