Plans for last drink at Gardies foiled by early closing

Dunedin didn’t have the plethora of drinking options available today when I was a student there in the mid 70s. The Cook, The Bowling Green or the relatively new Gardies were the three most popular.

We weren’t supposed to be on licensed premises until we were 20 back then. although policing of the purchase age was far less strict than it is now and financial limitations probably had a greater impact than legal ones on our ability to buy booze.

 In those days before student loans, when tertiary education was “free” we had only the money earned in holidays to see us through the year and, at least in my circle of friends and flatmates, there wasn’t enough over for much alcohol.

I have vague memories of a few trips to the Gardies but nothing of note so wasn’t planning to join the hordes expected there over the weekend to mark its closure.

Those who had planned a last drink at the pub which has been sold to the University of Otago, had their plans foiled  when the Gardies  served its last drink and closed its doors at midnight  on Friday.

The early closure was to avoid any trouble. I understand why but it’s a sad indictment on society that the publican couldn’t trust the patrons to mark the closure without causing trouble.

6 Responses to Plans for last drink at Gardies foiled by early closing

  1. kutarere says:

    A strong statement by the owner! How many dollars did the early closure cost him, I wonder? You are dead right that it is a sad indictment on society. I wonder, though whether some publicans should shoulder some of the responsibility for drunken, loud, unruly and sometimes destructive patrons? Stricter management could do much to moderate anti-social behaviour, surely? I know that my locals patrons behave sensibly because they know that they will be ejected if they don’t. The non-sensible (and insensible)locals go elsewhere.


  2. homepaddock says:

    You are right, publicans do have a responsiblity – and face fines and loss of license if they don’t exercise it.

    But part of the problem today is the amount some people drink before they go to a pub.


  3. mark says:

    What about personal responsibility. I hear blame apportioned to bars, clubs, publicans, the liquor laws, alcohol companies, super markets etc what about the people who act like idiots are they not to blame for their own actions. I haven’t seen to many bar owners forcefully ramming booze down the thoughts of patrons. Closing early although sad was a responsible decision and popular to contrary belief bar owners are not loose cannons trying to flood the streets with drunk teens. People need to step up to their own failings and not blame all and sundry.


  4. homepaddock says:

    Mark – absolutely, that’s where I was going,though obviously not clearly, with my reference to people drinking too much before they get to pubs.


  5. kutarere says:

    With you on the pre-binge drinks. It pissed me off greatly that Palmer et al’s review of the liquor laws didn’t recognise this fact and that licensed premises should be the only outlet for grog, not supermarkets, dairies, hairdressers, butcher shops or service stations (surely all of those will get the right to trade before long?)


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