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On a beautifully sunny early evening in Queenstown, with colors splashed on the surrounding mountains, we’ve got both time and energy to spend. We recall some notions acquired on our previous wanderings and settle in for a drink at Bardeaux (11 Searle Lane, Eureka Arcade), a small, modern, comfy-feeling place that’s just opening for the night. It’s nearly empty at the moment, but one can sense that it’s a hipster destination in the wee hours (they close at 5 a.m.)…there seems to be plenty of demand for such venues in this area…when the après-ski (or après-bungee) crowd gathers around the roaring fireplace. More importantly for our needs, it has a killer wine list, though there’s no food to go along with it. (2/05)


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