Lawyers targeted in naked lady bar sale

The basement bar has no windows but a balcony around the corner
The hidey-hole as it is today
This bronze water feature is included in the sale
The property in a previous life as Roi's tapas bar
The bar was run as Roi's for nine months

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An exclusive hidey-hole for sale in Auckland’s CBD is being touted as a perfect opportunity for fun-loving lawyers to set up a private "den".

The property – described as “Alice’s warren” – is smack in the heart of lawyer land just minutes away from the High Court and top law firms.

A vast 160sq m in size, the concealed basement hideaway on Emily Place would make a great private drinking den for those in the know. 

City Sales agent Mike Campbell says the concrete cavern is a “blank canvas” with “endless possibilities”. The property has been listed for just a week and is already attracting interest.

The owner, a private downtown investor, bought the property for $700,000, but has decided to auction it – it will go under the hammer in less than a month. The CV is $710,000.

Just nine months ago the property was Roi’s, a wine and tapas bar. It is now vacant.

Buyers will be impressed by a nude beauty statue which greets visitors in the bar’s foyer. The bronze water feature is included in the sale.

Despite its discreet appeal, leading Queen's counsel Jim Farmer, whose practice is just across the road, says most lawyers go straight to Shortland Street bars for after-work drinks. 

“The only lawyers who come down here are ones who come to see me, which aren’t that many,” Mr Farmer says.

vyoung@nbr.co.nz


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Hey, Roi. I've still got my Groupon voucher that needs to be redeemed for the tapas.

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Among the touted uses for this space on the for lease sign is "tea lounge" - very Invercargill c.1962.

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Invercargill c. 2013.

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Just contact Groupon for a refund, did the same thing when Santa Lucia shut down

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Has the selling agent contacted the Chow brothers? It could ge used as a dormitory-style parlour for those on a tight budget.

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Yes, we had thought of that. 'Would you like cucumber sandwiches with that Mr Chow?'

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