Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ON SKY CITY

Spending this week in Auckland 'incacerated' in the Auckland District Court which is a most unlovely rabbit warren of a building where, if you misplace your swipe card, you can find yourself literally locked in with no place to go .... I digress.

My hotel is not too far from Sky City so I decided to have a look at their casino operation.  Unlike MacArthur, I doubt I'll be returning any time soon.  Some impressions ... two ethnic groups were over represented among the clientele ... Asian and Pacific Islanders.   I can understand the former where gambling is akin to their national sport but not the PI bit especially given that many appeared to come from the lower socio-economic demographic.   What I mean there is that Sky City is an expensive place, starting with the cost of parking and extending to very average food and drink priced to fleece.

Not really a patch on other casinos I have visited around the world where, in some, food and drink is available at give-away prices so that when you leave broke (as you must expect to) you depart fed and watered.   If I want to play the pokies I'll stick to the Paihia Servicemens Club or the Rusell RSA.

Back home Friday.


ps. There is a great Turkish restaurant called Midnight Express on Victoria Street (almost opp Sky City).   Sun/Mon/Tue they offer a $25 dinner special with a choice of six entrees and seven main courses.   My entree was $14.50 on the main menu while the main course was priced at $26.50.   Superb value and a quality meal.   Enjoyed a Turkish Pilsner called Eft? with the meal.   Nice drop.

2 comments:

Shelldrake said...

The Turkish beer is Efes.

Great drop when drunk on the shores of the Dardenelles.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Vet, The Cook and I used to go there frequently during the early nineties and since. Yes, it is a little unsung gem.