Get down at Ivy
At the bottom end of Cuba a new bar has appeared. There is no real signage at this point, not much of an indication that anything is there, but let me tell you, there is a bar there – and it’s brilliant.
The bar is Ivy, and I have a feeling that it could become one of those awesome little niche bars that Wellington has in such abundance.
I went and checked it out on a Saturday night. It was early-ish and I had no idea what I was in store for, knowing only that it was alternative bar run by a couple of chaps who had previously run a burlesque show. I was intrigued to say the least.
Ivy is located under the James Smith Building, opposite Burger King. You walk down into the bar and are confronted by the word IVY inlaid into the wall in brick. Simply walking down, off the street and into the bar piqued my interest. I imagined walking through into the underground setting of a prohibition era club, all low ceilings and dim lighting.
I was delighted to see that it was almost like that. You feel like you’re underground in Ivy and it only adds to the atmosphere. The gleaming wooden bar stretches away from you with low shaded lights reflecting off its surface. It’s a classy first impression and works brilliantly with the bare brick walls and dark wood.
I introduced myself to Greig, one of the owners, and he gave me a tour of the place. The Ivy is a classic joint, timeless in it’s décor, but it also has some very nice modern touches. For instance, the spacious dance floor is air-conditioned, which is excellent if you’re particularly enthusiastic when it comes to busting out the shopping trolley / salmon / lawnmower / tree chopping move.
Greig also showed me out the back to a room that was in the final stages of renovation. He said it was going to be a simple affair with a bar and a space for live acts and DJs, for the Ivy is also a gig venue – and it promises to be an epic one.
“I can see it getting pretty grimy and crazy in here late at night,” I said to him, surveying dark-walled room.
“We hope so,” was his reply.
So, whether you’re after a casual drink in a fantastic atmosphere after dinner, or six vodka shots to kick off an all nighter spent boppin’ your head to some first-rate beats, the Ivy has you covered.
Speaking of all nighters, Ivy is hosting the one and only Lunice on the 20th February thanks to the gentlemen at Madcap Touring, Mazdef Productions and Notomorrow. Check out the event page, buy a ticket and thank me later.