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Let’s Get Social

Written by Margo Berryman

During Covid – 19 lock down last year Clyde restaurateur Paulina Corvalan re-imagined her restaurant ‘Paulina’s’ into a popular new tapas and pizza bar that has quickly established itself as the new social hub in town.

“I realised something had to change once the international tourists were not coming to Central Otago and whilst I never thought I would own a bar that is exactly what we have created here,” says Paulina.

“It has been astonishingly successful, and all the locals have really embraced this new concept as their local ‘pub’. It’s been so heart-warming having our community coming in every day spending time and catching up socially – we love it.”

Located in Clyde’s popular Holloway Street, Paulina’s Tapas & Pizza Bar features a stylish, eye-catching bar area and adjacent casual dining space.

“We reconfigured the space installing a beautiful 1920’s themed glass panelled bar and soft leather seating. The dining area has been refreshed with soft greens and cream tones and it’s a lovely space to hang out with your friends.”

Open seven days from 12.30pm, the bar and eatery serve a tantalising array of cocktails, craft beers, local wine and refreshments. There is live music on the weekends including open mic nights and a large television to catch rugby games and sport on the big screen.

“Our cocktail list is extensive and very popular, and we carry the full range of Speights beers on tap,” says Paulina. “ 

Known for her fresh and tasty South American food flavours, Paulina has ensured there are dishes on the menu that appeal to everyone.

“Our food is served in a friendly, relaxed manner. Bookings are not required, and you can eat at the tables or in the bar on a first come – first served basis – it’s a very social setting.

With an authentic wood fired pizza oven in the kitchen it’s not surprising that pizzas are high on the list of popular options.

“We sell a lot of take out pizzas as well. We do a really great hand selected steak and fries, the freshest blue cod fish and chips and there is a vegan burger on the menu. Our tapas include Asian style spring rolls, Peruvian ceviche and other delicious small bites.”

“Paulina’s Tapas & Pizza Bar is accessible to everyone and I am so happy it has become such a community hub so quickly.”

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Margo Berryman