ACT party leader says second best bar in Invercargill is in a backyard
Invercargill's nightlife is being scoffed at for lacking vibrancy - its second most popular "bar" is in the backyard of a student flat.
During a visit to the city this week, ACT Party leader David Seymour said he had heard of the bar from the city's young people.
"There's a flat in Invercargill that's been rated number two on TripAdvisor. I think it shows a real need for city vibrancy," he said.
On the TripAdvisor website, the bar ranked second for "nightlife" in Invercargill is Bunker Bar, in Kelvin St. The "bar" is in the backyard of a house.
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First on the TripAdvisor list is The Vinyl bar.
Seymour said Bunker Bar appeared to be viewed by the public as a competitor to other bars.
"How many cities are there where the second best place to drink is at a student flat?"
Bunker Bar's only review describes the bar as "one part hipster, one part bogan".
The review says the bar is "hidden on the edge of the CBD, mashed between a car yard and a below-average bakery".
The bar has a public Facebook page followed by about 100.
Bunker Bar representatives declined to speak about their bar, but said they did not sell alcohol.
Invercargill Licensing Trust general manager Greg Mulvey said the bar had nothing to do with the ILT.
"In Dunedin, there's lots of places like that around south Dunedin, these types of bloke garages, and if there's one in Invercargill then I am not worried.
"If there's a problem it's a matter for the authorities."
Alcohol Harm Reduction officer Sergeant John Harris, who oversees liquor licensing for Southland, said he was contacted about the Bunker Bar on Friday morning by a licensing investigator.
"It's a concern to police, if it exists, and yes we would investigate," Harris said.
"We would have to be satisfied that they're not selling alcohol."
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman said the police periodically received calls about alleged bars operating.
Most allegations were for people selling alcohol from their homes, he said.
The number of complaints police received relating to people allegedly operating bars from home was not available.
Bunker Bar: One part hipster, one part bogan, muddled with homegrown herbs and then shaken over a hand-crafted base. - See traveller reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Invercargill, New Zealand, at TripAdvisor.