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Offbeat Originals

Offbeat is back!

by Stephen J March 3, 2011

The Offbeat Originals story has a happy ending it seems — they are open for business, since Tuesday even. We can report that the fishburgers are just as they always were. Previously: What happened? Most missed Signs of life And the original Wellingtonista Offbeat review

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Offbeat is on

by Robyn January 28, 2011

When Offbeat Originals mysteriously and suddenly closed last year, we were terribly update. Back in October, a sign sadly advised that the joint was “closed until further notice”. We didn’t hold out much hope, nominating Offbeat in the Most Missed category at the TAWAs. But today Wellingonista Tom spotted this new sign: Reopening February? Yay! […]

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TAWA5 Most Missed

by Alan November 20, 2010

We loved you… and then you were gone. When will we see you again? When will we share those precious moments? (etc etc.) Here are some great Wellington things we miss:

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Bars and Bites

by Tom January 28, 2008

This is in the vein of The Wellingtonista Bar Fly-les, but I thought I’d give it another name since it’s about food & coffee as well as drink.

  • Have I been unobservant, or has Offbeat Originals only just started offering lamb as an option in their famous burgers? And tapenade as an accompaniment?! [insert drooling noises here]
  • The Buena Vista Social Club seems to have been successful as a certain mayoral campaign. It has closed (rather inconveniently for certain fringe shows), though it is apparently due to reopen as a gay bar called S&M. No comment.
  • If you’ve been putting off enjoying Simply Paris’ excellent cassoulet, patisserie, Merguez frites baguettes or pain perdu by their bizarre choice of “Nespresso” in place of coffee, then rejoice! for they now have a proper espresso machine and Orb coffee. You’ll still have to put up with the twee décor and occasionally slow service, though the more than occasional hotness of their staff should make up for the latter.
  • Forgive me for shouting, but … TIKI TIKI TIKI! It’s not quite the proper Tiki Bar that the Wellingtonista have long been gagging for, but Matterhorn are having a Tiki Bar weekend this weekend, complete with vintage tiki mugs, dry ice, special cocktails and silly hats.
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