Story: Sports and leisure

The ‘six o’clock swill’

The ‘six o’clock swill’

Before the introduction of ten o’clock closing in October 1967, New Zealand pubs were characterised by scenes such as this. An exclusively male group drink up frantically while the bartenders fill jugs of beer. In subsequent years drinking became more genteel, with women as well as men enjoying rather more comfortable surroundings.

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Reference: 9 October 1967

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports and leisure - Home and city', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, updated 1 Sep 2015