The duo have since shuttered Mea Culpa, and will — with co-owner Jacob Briars (whom you may know as Bacardi’s global advocacy director) — relaunch the bar as Clipper, following a brief renovation and complete refit.
Two of New Zealand’s best bartenders, James Millar and ex-pat Englishman, Barney Toy, have bought one the country’s best loved cocktail bars, Mea Culpa, in Auckland.
Long before ‘small bar’ was the industry catch phrase in Australia, Auckland had small bars without the inverted commas. And small bars will continue to open in the City of Sails. It has very little to do with the fact that they’re trendy and more to do with practicality and lower overheads.