Postcard - Country Pubs

Dear Tigger

New Zealand actually had prohibition areas right up into the 1970s. (No alcohol sales. 'Dry' counties.) It used to be a referendum question at every election even when F got the right to vote in 1980. These days there are no dry counties and no referendum on alcohol temperance/prohibition.

For those in the know the ages of pubs is a giveaway as to which areas had prohibition, and when it ended. 

In a tiny nearby settlement there are three pubs of venerable age. That hamlet was just outside the dry zone and never voted for prohibition. The big town on the other side of us here had been 'dry'. It now has a modern 'pub' owned by a licencing trust. Trusts were set up in many areas where prohibition ended. It seems the locals still didn't trust unregulated market forces to deliver temperate quantities of alcohol when the lid was lifted.

Roughcast...of indeterminate age and modifications....

Look closely, the pub is inside the ban zone...
(These zones appear in many popular summer holiday spots where drinking and drunkenness on the streets produces an unsavory blend of anti-social behaviour and bodily evacuations left in local front gardens.)







Palmerston - small town big hotel. It is on the junction of the main north-south highway and one route up to the Central Otago goldfields. These days Palmerston has a modern tavern. This one is closed up.


  1. Even my Scottish friends will admit that no-one does country pubs quite as well as the English!

  2. Some classic pubs there. I love the old ones. Have fond memories of some in the 70s. Black Russians and a game of pool

  3. Hari OM
    I'll be honest, F, Tigger showed less than anything resembling interest when I showed him these archtectural gems just now (he's too busy worrying about my moving a suitcase around and folding clothes...)

    I, on the other paw, love seeing the architecture... and as a non-tippler, would be all in favour of the whole world finding the will to stop altering its senses with substances of any kind. Sigh... but I am also of the view that each must tread their path and if that is to oblivion, well, that's their lot.

    Tigs and I are getting excited at seeing you soon! F&P from he and hugs and grins from me. YAM xx

  4. Alcohol is lovely but it can cause lots of problems for families and society
    I wouldn’t like to see it gone for good I mean I do like a drink with my dinner.

  5. Prohibiting alcohol just makes it more appealing. Interesting mix of styles. Pubs are closing all over the country. My sister and brother-in-law ran a pub in Blakeney, then their youngest daughter and her husband ran one in Holt. My teetotal grandmother ran one in Essex - must be in the blood - but it certainly doesn't appeal to me.

  6. Thanks Tigger. All very educational and interesting.

  7. I never even thought about other countries having the same things we had here with alcohol sales. sounds almost the same, some places strict laws some not so strict. USA had and still has what they call blue laws concerning alcohol sales and the drinking times at bars are included in the laws. Prohibition was upended in 1935, but not in all the states. I know that most of my life, in Georgia, no alcohol could be sold/purchased on Sundays, and no alcohol sold in restaurants or grocery stores. I assume it was ok to get drunk and beat your wife and kids on Sunday, but they had to buy the booze on another day.
    I like all the buildings you showed up, I lean towards the wood buildings, the look of them I mean. Before the internet came into our lives, I pretty much had no clue about any other country or ever wondered or thought of it. i lived in a tight small community where birds of a feather flocked together.
    We were insulated into the places we lived. Now we know if a gnat sneezes in the Sahara desert and how loud the decibels are.

  8. Good to see some old kiwi pubs, hope you enjoyed your time here


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