Story: Nightclubs

Dine and dance, 1955

Dine and dance, 1955

Going out to dine and dance was a popular way to spend the evening until the 1970s. As this 1955 photograph shows, it was a formal occasion (unlike the local dances that were still taking place at the time) to which men wore suits rather than sports jackets. The cabaret shown here is in Houghton Bay, Wellington, and may be The Pines, a club still in existence in 2013.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1955/2399-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Loosening up, 1950s and 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013