Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Finding a New Local: Day One

One of my favourite people on the planet, Eleanor, and I live in the 'mental health triangle' of Dunedin. It's named thus because of it's large number of 'half-way houses' (somewhere between an institution and a normal house I suppose). It's also interesting because it marks the boundary line between South Dunedin and City Centre - South Dunedin being infamously 'working class' (a street of barely coping second-hand stores, driven to desperation by the large Warehouse opened a few years ago).

Anyway, we need a new 'local', as always. So we are trying all the pubs within a short walk/ drunken stumble of our abode. First up, The Kensington.

If you bother going to the web-site, you'll see the pub is very much sponsored by 'Tui', which bothered me quite a lot and Ellie not so much. The branding everywhere and the Tui ads shown on a screen while music plays irked me, but after a while I conveniently forgot and noticed the many charms of this "upmarket, yet instantly inviting" (from their website) pub.

Upmarket it is not, but more importantly, there is Monteiths on tap and it's $7 a pint. Sold. Also, it's warm (lots of faux fires everywhere), there are multiple levels, a nice set of stairs, music Ellie knows the words to (Phil Collins) and multiple pool tables. Also, interest from the local boys (not mutual).

Cons: $25 for Fish'n'Chips. GET REAL I say.

1 comment:

g said...

Can you guys go to the Clarendon and I come too???