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Best craft beer spots in the CBD

With the growing number of establishments offering interesting brews in great locations, Christchurch CBD definitely won’t disappoint the craft beer enthusiast.

Smash Palace

One of the first new spots in the CBD rebuild, this bus-turned-bar has a big following and for good reason. Boasting a snug indoor space on top of an expansive courtyard, a great selection of craft beer on tap (the likes of local Cassels & Sons and Three Boys Brewery), tasty burgers and a friendly vibe, this is a must visit when in town. Come any day between 4pm-6pm and taste their notorious Bodgie Golden Ale for only $7.

172 High Street

Craft Embassy

One of the newest craft beer destinations in town, Craft Embassy is already proving a favourite with the locals. Sitting comfortably on the first level of The Terrace overlooking the Avon River, this is a great spot for sipping an interesting brew. With thirty taps of independent craft beer on offer, the only hard thing here is making up your mind.

Level 1/126 Oxford Terrace

The Institution

Nestled within the historical New Regent Street, The Institution is a boutique bar serving an ever-changing selection of craft draughts. This small, intimate bar prides itself on friendly staff and an unpretentious vibe. Featuring blackboard walls and tables, here you can set your creativity free while tasting some great ales.

28 New Regent Street

Welles Street

The weekly rotating menu of best seasonal brews at Welles Street will always boast something new and exciting. On top of this they offer a great selection of local and international tap beers, and their chiller is always chock-a-block with an assortment of bottled brews. Order a cold one and take a seat at the cosy beer garden or in the indoor beer hall.

44 Welles Street

Bootleg BBQ

Bootleg BBQ stands next door to Welles Street and boasts twenty taps of fresh beer with a focus on Hamilton brewing powerhouse Good George. The tasty beverages here are served crisp by the handle or pitcher.

40 Welles Street

Dux Central

Showcasing a huge number of beer options (180 to be exact), you’re literally spoilt for choice here. Six taps are running with Dux’s own brews, and another six with carefully selected guests. If you don’t find one you fancy out of the tap selection, there are the other hundred plus we mentioned. It’s plain impossible not to find something you like here.

6 Poplar Street

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