Christchurch nightlife
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Vibrant and energetic with a new hot spot open almost every week, Christchurch has some fantastic nightlife on offer to suit all tastes. Whether you’re in for a big night out, quite drinks with friends, culinary adventures or a night of culture, the Christchurch CDB is the place to be.

Perched above the city with a drink in hand, the open air deck at Dux Central is a great place to watch the city change shape around you, take in the view of High Street, and enjoy one of the bars’ locally brewed craft beers. 

Dux Central has something to suit everyone. Split over two levels, the Brew Bar focuses on beer, the Emerald Room is a wine bar, and the Upper Dux offers an awesome space for live music and private functions with tasty cocktails and spirits on offer. Next door to Dux Central, The Poplar Social Club is a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, and owner Charles will entertain you with stories about the all the different cocktails on the menu.

For an entertaining night out, head along to a show the Court Theatre in Addington. Scared Scriptless, led by a cast of quick thinking improvisation actors, turns audience suggestions into a fast paced, hilarious and sometimes interactive comedy experience.

If a night of culture is what you’re after, then you can’t go past the beautifully restored Isaac Theatre Royal. From the opera to the ballet, the setting is almost as beautiful as the show itself. With two great bars, to choose from, grab a drink or an ice-cream at half time, and take a trip to the glamourous bathrooms.

After the show, take a stroll down New Regent Street and let your taste buds guide you. The owners of the popular Little Bistro in Akaroa opened a their new venture new venture Twenty Seven Steps upstairs over four of the pastel coloured shop fronts. Fresh food from the region dictates the menu, which is set up in a classic entrée, main, dessert configuration.

Dance in the dark, and let the starts be your mirror ball and Gap Filler ‘Dance O Mat’. Get ready to bust a move, and groove along to your music selected by you straight from your phone or iPod.

Victoria Street is buzzing with a fantastic selection of funky restaurants and bars. King of Snake offers modern Dine at King of Snake inspired by Southeast Asia. Set in in a casual, sophisticated atmosphere, they serve a fusion of Asian and New Zealand dishes with a sharing plates menu.  Rockstar Pizza serves up modern take on burgers and pizza, with a focus on live music and atmosphere.  Mexicano’s offers delicious taco, fantastic cocktails and margaritas and a casual sharing plates menu. 

Filled with funky and vibrant bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, St Asaph Street has fast become a popular destination for those looking for a night out dancing. Head to The Cuban for an evening of South American flavour, music and dancing. Baretta is an upmarket pizza joint, with a wine list to match. Engineers Bar and Restaurant is a favourite with the young crowd, with dancing and drinks on offer to the small hours.

Smash Palace on High Street is a bar with a difference. The converted bar is a converted bus, and the rustic outdoor area draws a really mixed crowd. Hosting both art and motorcycle events, Smash Palace really optimises the grass roots style eateries and bars that popped up post-earthquake.

As a contrast to this, Stanges Lane on the opposite corner offers modern and new dining and bars, with a vibrant and energetic nightlife. Facing a pretty central, fairy light lit alleyway, patrons can mingle and mix in a central area, reminiscent of a Melbourne laneway.

  • Joy Sajamark

    Media Marketing Executive

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