Wellington’s bohemian Cuba Street is where I’m spending my weekend and I’m delighted to find plenty to do within cooee of the door of the Quality Hotel.
Here’s my walk about today:
Named after a ship called Cuba that docked here in 1840, today you’ll be forgiven for being sucked into thinking Fidel Castro must have visited leaving an indelible impression. Bars and restaurants are named Fidel, El Floriditas, Havana. All just having a laugh.
But new cafes, bars and retailers have popped up in the last few years, so if you haven’t darkened upper Cuba for a while, you will be spoilt for choice.
Small plates and a great little bar for a quiet drink as it’s kind of off-the-beaten track.
I asked for their signature cocktail at Laundry, and owner Matt Rutledge whipped me up “sunshine in a glass” which he said was made for him on Johnny Depp’s boat. I couldn’t get any more detail out of him on that matter, but the drink was a combination of squeezed lemon juice, a dash of lime cordial, ginger beer, Mt Gay rum, more ginger beer and more lemons. Swizzle and serve. $9.
The most iconic image of all is this bucket water sculpture. Originally designed to be a zen-like water feature, when it was installed the splashes went everywhere and when the wind caught it chaos ensured. It was due to be fixed but by then the locals had fallen in love with it, so the crazy splashing buckets outside Farmers are an accidental hero. When did you last visit Cuba Street?
If you want any info about this neighbourhood or what to do, check out New Zealand’s coolest street on WellingtonNZ.com>>>