Nightlife returning to Christchurch

6 June 2013

Christchurch nightlife is steadily returning with more than 150 restaurants, cafés and bars opening in the city since Christmas. The influx of new businesses brings the total number of bars, restaurants and cafés in the Garden City to over 700 with 22% of these open bars and restaurants located in the Central City.

Some of Christchurch’s best known restaurants have returned, including:

  • Sala Sala Japanese Restaurant who specialise in seafood and offers authentic exclusive cuisine including sushi sashimi, tempura and teriyaki and have reopened on 142 Papanui Road.
  • Belgian Beer Café Torenhof is back and offers commitment to Belgian beer and outstanding cuisine. You can find them at 13 Stanley Street in The Colombo carpark.

A few other old favourites returning to Christchurch include Winnie Bagoes located on the corner of Madras and Allen Streets, Straits Junction Bar and Restaurant located at the Rendezvous Hotel at 166 Gloucester Street and Passengers and Co at 92 Russley Road.

New Christchurch eateries include Duo, a bar-restaurant nestled in the YMCA building facing the Botanic Gardens on Rolleston Avenue and The Last Word on New Regent Street. Opened by the owners of well-known bar The Darkroom, The Last Word is Christchurch's first whiskey bar located in the heart of the city. 

Past owners of much loved Cartel have opened Baretta at 174 St Asaph Street offering a truly unique bar and restaurant experience. Venuti, located at 791 Colombo Street and from past owners of Portofino's offers classic Italian with wonderful service.

As Christchurch continues to grow, more restaurants and bars will appear throughout the city. Names to watch for include Morrell and Co, Harlequin Public House, Tequila Mockingbird and Mexicana's.   

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