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Southerly: Five Simple Ingredients for a Good Pub

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  • Ben Austin,

    The Criterion in Oamaru (Tyne St historic area) has had 2 or 3 Emersons varieties on tap for a few years now. It has a pretty good historical vibe too

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    The Rockburn PA Pinot Noir does have a ring, we were going to call it the Devil's Staircase or something naffy
    Cheaper by the barrel and really cheap by the tankful, we are to our knees in the stuff and that has nothing to do with the little incident with the pump today

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 578 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    now if they only served Emersons here

    The undertaker pub combo is an old Irish tradition. Something to do with the temperature of the cellar and the convenience for the wake

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The Rockburn PA Pinot Noir does have a ring, we were going to call it the Devil's Staircase or something naffy

    Cheaper by the barrel and really cheap by the tankful, we are to our knees in the stuff and that has nothing to do with the little incident with the pump today

    But seriously, if you ever felt like doing a bin-end special for Public Address readers, just get in touch ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • andrew clive,

    The question of live music is slightly more complex. It should, in general, be restricted to dedicated 'live music pubs'. However, it can be an acceptable form of entertainment in regular pubs on an occasional basis. In this context, 'occasional' means no more than once a month -- and preferably on a Tuesday evening. Obviously, any live music should be gazetted well in advance, so that regular customers can make alternative plans, if necessary.[quote]



    no way jose!..music is first and foremost the most important thing in a pub besides the taste of beer & lots of good looking women ..
    & dont write off deejays or restrict bands to perform only once a month...go & drink at a bowling club if thats the kind of boring atmosphere you want..[no offence intended to bowling club patrons on board]..

    auckland • Since Feb 2008 • 37 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    While the mournful howl of a banjo in the teeth of a raging blizzard is undoubtedly character-forming for wee Bob, you might have to come back!
    The staff club currently has two Emersons, and two Three Boys beers on tap. Three Boys' Oyster Stout is surprisingly alcoholic for something that tastes like dinner.
    Hope the fire is raging, and the draughts, if not quite up to Three Boys quality, are not too draughty.
    PS- Loved the "Moon" story, too. One of our twins (aged 7) told me a couple of nights ago she was hiding in bed because the big moon scared her: following her about, and peering in ALL the windows. Reminded me of Arnold Lobel's charming "Owl at Home"
    Best- ;)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    I'll continue the aside - I loved the story too. But you knew that.

    Despite, or perhaps even because of, its remining me of this...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    That is, remin__d__ing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    Glad you liked the story, chaps. I'm just back on the internets after a long migration from Southland to Wellington. Very, very, long. Wellington feels like New York after five months in Riverton.

    I shall be visiting Christchurch for a few weeks later in the year, so will be sure to check out the brews at the staff club.

    Incidentally, on the subject of stories, I'm just blocking out a piece about some children who accidentally kill their baby-sitter. It's giving me an anxiety attack writing it -- heaven knows what it'll do to kids. Heh heh.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Tee hee! Sounds terrific. Not a wholesome "We Didin't Mean to Kill the Sitter" sort of tale, a la Ransome, I take it.
    Kids like being scared, but not too scared: the line is quite different from one to t'other. There should be an interantional rating system for this: as in "Baby-Sitting- it's not a description!" by D Hayward: three screams and a tingley spine.
    We had a character called Dr Scallywag- a back-fired attempt to make the real doctor seem fun. His modus operandi was to trap one or both twins in his Doctor's bag, for later consumption, and his theme song went:
    "I'm Dr Scallywag
    I have a big Black Bag
    And when I've caught ya
    Then comes torture
    Dr Scallywag
    And his Nurse Ratbag."
    Of course the twins always outwitted him, tricked him into his own bag or flushed him down the toilet. At least I think they did, haven't seen J for a few days....

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

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