Suburbia Offers Something for All

by Insiders Dunedin

We talk to Ian Lindsay the owner of the recently opened Suburbia Eatery & Nightlife cafe bar that is on Lower Stuart Street. 

Ian is originally from the Central Lakes region but has been in Dunedin for a number of years now. He spent four years in the UK managing nightclubs before moving back to Dunedin to open his own bar. Ian now has his hands running three bars; Brimstone Nightclub on Princes Street and Volume Bar on George Street and his latest addition Suburbia. Each of the bars appeals to a slightly different market. Volume Bar appeals to the drum n bass scene, Brimstone is a local’s bar playing top 40s and Suburbia’s is a cafe bar by day and transforms into a club at night. So far Ian has received a lot of positive feedback to date and he’s finding each week is becoming busier and busier.

The bar has been divided into three zones to cater to a different moods or periods of the day. Upstairs is a cafe bar by day where people can sit in the sun or by the fire and enjoy a coffee or beer. In the evenings, the upstairs area is transformed into a dance floor playing classic top 40 hits. Downstairs on the other hand plays a range of contemporary music ranging from Top 40 hits, house, electro, hip-hop and dance music. 

Ian describes the renovation of the bar which was formerly know as Metro as a ‘bit of a nightmare,' much of the bar had to be refurbished or entirely replaced. After about two months of refitting the space, Ian was satisfied with the work done to open the bar. He says the place is still ‘in the making’ and will continue to tweak the place until he is 100% satisfied with his new bar. The new look cafe bar has a clean yet homely feel. The wooden floors and warm fire welcome visitors. Little design touches such as metallic pink stools in the front of the cafe and Agee jar hanging lights above the bar further freshen up the top floor. Downstairs in much moodier, one of the walls has a group of menacing crows painted on it. Through in another low lit room a pool table and retro video game machine occupy the space.  

The bar is developing a takeaway menu and looking at ways to counteract the lower number of patrons heading out to bars in the city. Ian and his team are developing an app that will deliver take away food and hot drinks to local Dunedin businesses. 

Ian’s approach to the bar is to do the basics well, he strives to create something that is real and will appeal to a Dunedin market. This approach is reflected in the menu; which serves up classics such as Steak, Fish n’ Chips, seafood, an all-day breakfast and eggs Benedict. 

The bar are planning to hold a steak night and want to create food such as platters that people will share while having a beer or wine and walk away from Suburbia feeling satisfied. The beers on tap are Stella Artois, James Squire, Speight’s and Crafty Beggars. Suburbia also serves a range of cocktails served in vintage milk bottles. 

The bar is available for hire for private functions, it can cater to large groups and will be hosting a number of live acts in the outdoor space in the coming months. 

Suburbia Eatery & Nightlife’s open hours are:
Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am to 3am

Lunch is available upstairs from 10am until 3pm daily. 
Dinner is available upstairs form 5pm until 9pm.
Shared platters and Breakfasts are available all day.

Ph. 0210 252 7570


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