The Dux de Lux live music bar in Queenstown is closing, after
almost 10 years.
Based in the 1886 McNeil's Cottage building, "the Dux" was
one of Queenstown's few craft beer hang-outs and was a
popular choice for those wanting to hear local music talent.
On Saturday, a large crowd converged on the bar to listen to
the last 10 live bands and drink the Dux Beer tap dry by 8pm.
General manager Ross Herrick said Saturday's closing was an
emotional time for him and the staff as he managed the bar
since it first took over from McNeils Pub on November 4,
Owner Richard Sinke bought the building to expand his Dux De
Lux brand, which started in Christchurch in 1978 in a
historic Arts Centre building since closed by the 2011
The owners have decided to concentrate on their new
Christchurch project, "Dux Live", at Addington, which meant
closing the Queenstown business.
"It's a very sad time for us; this is nine years of our lives
in Queenstown," Mr Herrick said.
"There's a lot of good memories."
Business for the craft bar had not been a breeze, he
admitted, attributing that to stiff competition in
Queenstown's bar scene and the demand for a "cheap brew".
"It's been OK, it's gone OK. It could have gone better, but
there has been an awful lot of competition.
"To be fair, it was one of Queenstown's only craft breweries
and we couldn't discount it like every other generic beer.
"When bars are offering $3 beers, it's hard to compete. I
think the Queenstown youth drinking culture aren't too
interested in the taste as much as the price sometimes."
Mr Herrick said the craft beer market was still there and the
closing of the Dux had left a hole to fill.
The gap for that particular market will not be filled by the
new owners David Matthews and Mark Rose when their new
Italian-style restaurant Sasso opens in mid December.
The two business partners plan to create a Mediterranean
style and relaxed atmosphere.