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Dan Taiaroa chats about Greenhouse

A balcony nightclub in central Christchurch? Sign me up. Greenhouse is the city’s newest hangout, set up for high-flying cocktails and higher-flying DJ sets.

Bar owner Dan Taiaroa said the transformation of Botanic’s balcony space was a project close to his heart. Filled with plants, serving botanical cocktails, and in a prime position on The Terrace, the bar is an easy place to spend time.

“We really wanted to push into something a bit more late-night, and there was an awesome opportunity to have that in our outdoor space,” Taiaroa said.

We really wanted to push into something a bit more late-night, and there was an awesome opportunity to have that in our outdoor space,”

Dan Taiaroa - Greenhouse

Botanic was one of the first to open on The Terrace, the reinvigorated nightlife precinct along Oxford Tce. Now a veritable smorgasbord of bars and restaurants, the area has quickly become an iconic central city location.

“These spaces have been tailor-made for hospitality, and it shows in the quality of the offerings,” he said.

“What has been done here on our doorstep on the Avon, there used to be just a grass bank leading down to the river. Now we’ve got a lovely spot to sit and have lunch, or chill out between bars late at night.”

Compared to what Christchurch used to have, the bar has really been lifted with what we have here. Cantabrians are spoiled for choice with where they want to go.”

Dan Taiaroa - Greenhouse

“Compared to what Christchurch used to have, the bar has really been lifted with what we have here. Cantabrians are spoiled for choice with where they want to go.”

Through his Bungalow bar in Queenstown, Taiaroa said they would be bringing world-class local and international DJs to Greenhouse for regular after-dark gigs. They recently hosted Laughton Kora, of KORA fame, and had lined up the likes of Dick Johnson, Frank Booker and Lord Echo for future raves.

Taiaroa said one Friday or Saturday night out was all it would take to change perceptions of Christchurch’s nightlife scene.

“We’ve got top-calibre artists here every Saturday night, so people can come in and know there will be sweet tunes and good vibes.”

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