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Everybody loves Club Sandwiches!

Everybody loves Club Sandwiches!

Located on the corner of Majoribanks & Kent Terrace in Wellington, Sandwiches the venue opened in 2003 and this year celebrates it’s third year milestone as a classy restaurant, lounge Bar and event club.

From the outset, the objective was to operate a premium entertainment venue as apposed to the more “grungy” night clubs of old… you know the type – gum in the carpet, cigarette burns in the furniture, a 10 year old sound sytem, chalk-board menus, bottled water, cheap beer and liquor drinks with two cubes of ice and lime cordial instead of real ingredients. “Consistent Quality” was the aim of the Sandwiches dream.

Club Sandwiches is about multiple flavours (music genres) of entertainment. offering quality artists (both of the live band and DJ variety) from around New Zealand and the world within the genres of Jazz, House, Breaks, Broken and Break beats, Drum & Bass, Hip Hop, Leftfield, Downbeat Funk, Dub Reggae and the odd Folk etc. It’s a combo that seems to work as Sandwiches have been nominated for 2006 Club of The Year by NZ Bartender magazine.

Sandwiches was founded by Bryce Mason and Wade Lipsham. The motivation behind this quirky choice of brand names, was a tongue-and-check alternative to what was at the time a very serious and over analysed dance music industry. They wanted a fun word that had little or no relevance to the market, and therefore, almost be reverse psychology, perk a greater level of interest to a wider demographic. The word Sandwiches also represents the “multi-flavoured” entertainment philosophy of the company, their pride in our unique Kiwi culture and talent, and of course their love of cutting-edge music. At the end of the day, Sandwiches was about having fun.

After a string of successful events under the Sandwiches brand including Craig Richards (Fabric London) and Phil Smart (Australian DJ of the year) along side the local talent, Bryce and Wade formed a partnership with Jonnie Halstead who brought many years of hospitality experience to the team. Together, with the support of the sponsors and funding from family, lenders and investors they implemented a business plan that was formulated from a dream.

Since it’s start back in 2003 the venue has seen a long line-up of local and international talent, including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Thievery Corporation, Nick Warren, Downtown Brown and the Sunshine Sound System, the Fabric London artists to name a few.

Trying to convince a savvy restaurant/lounge bar clientele that what is primarily known as a night club can also be a great place to dine has taken a great deal of effort over the 3 years. Gladly it has always been an area of growth within the business and has a core number of regular clients patronizing them week-in-weekout.

Where they have enjoyed the most success out of their kitchen is from Dinner and Show Jazz nights, such as the weekly ‘Wednesday Night Live’ and the monthly cabaret events from some of New Zealand’s biggest names in Jazz. Last year Sandwiches received their first restaurant accolade by winning the Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge Best Service Award.

With something for everyone, Sandwiches offers pre/post theatre drinks or dinner, mid week entertainment and late night dance floors – fun for the whole family. Come and see what all the fuss is about.

Sandwiches celebrates their 3rd Birthday on Saturday the 19th of August 2006, with a special performance from the Recloose Live Band and DJ Fitchie (a.k.a. Mu from Fat Freddys Drop) For more info contact Lily on 021 0220 4625 or


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