Summer Evenings In The City
Gather round night owls (we’re looking at you ‘10pm to bed’ owls too). Life only gets better when the sun sets in the heart of the city, as a range of businesses rise from their slumber to put on a late-night show. Experience culture and live music, high-end or casual dining, pre-dinner drinks on a sun-kissed balcony and night caps in hidden laneways. Whatever the occasion – and whatever your bedtime – the central city has your perfect evening down pat.
Late Night Culture At The Arts Centre
If you’re looking for a classy evening in a stunning location, look no further than The Arts Centre in the heart of the city. As a historical New Zealand landmark, home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries, bars, and engaging events, the Arts Centre has so much to offer. Two places of note are the Cellar Door and Lumière Cinema. Spend an evening dining at the Cellar Door where the menu changes regularly to celebrate fresh, seasonal, local and international produce or catch a movie at Lumière, a boutique cinema with two theatres located in the Arts Centre's West Lecture building.
Balmy Balcony Hangouts
Chase the last of the sun and head to one of The Terrace’s outdoor balconies. Soak up the rays and jazzy vibes at Fat Eddie’s, sip cocktails at the Viaduct, choose from over 30 beers on tap at The Craft Embassy and pop champagne at Botanic. Wherever you end up, each establishment offers prime views of the sun setting across the Avon.
You can also head to the Astro Lounge down Worcester Boulevard to enjoy some drinks and nibbles in a beautiful garden setting.
Celebratory Cuisine Or Casual Chow
With whistles wet and appetites whet, take in the new and old as you trek to the very end of High Street (no Uber needed in this balmy weather). In the Salt District, this pocket of town is renowned for its offering of swish restaurants as well as more casual eateries.
Those with something to celebrate – or perhaps just feeling a tad extravagant – need look no further than The Monday Room (TMR) nestled away in the exposed brick remains of High Street. Banquet-style feasting is the name of the game here, with small and large plates to share as well as the popular option to let the kitchen do their thing with a Trust the Chef dining experience available.
If your crew is a little more casual, saunter over to Lichfield Street for a mishmash of vibrant and delicious eateries. Charcoaled Canterbury meats can be found at Jaba Grill & Bar. Let us not forget about next door’s legendary handmade dumplings at Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar or Dux Central’s sunny deck and pizzas to share.
Live Music To Your Ears
Listen in to local bands, unplugged musicians and DJs with strong drum and bass beats at bars scattered all over town. The Dark Room and Space Academy, sitting opposite one another on St Asaph Street, are well-known for their busy schedule of gigs revealing talented ensembles. The spotlight is on solo acoustic artists at O.G.B. If you need to let off some steam venture back to The Terrace for live jazz at Fat Eddie’s that’ll lure the Charleston out of you, or head to Boo's on Victoria Street where they have live bands Thursday - Saturday each week.
Find a quiet nook to wind down in after a night of non-stop sensory thrills. Terrace dwellers can find killer mixes at Kong, with complimentary pretzels for sustenance. If luxury French champagnes and international spirits are more your style, then head to The Dirty Land on Victoria Street where you can also indulge in sophisticated cocktails in a broody aesthetic. Or if whisky is your poison head down New Regent Street to The Last Word. Choose from over 320 varieties, enjoy a dram in the courtyard (blankets available if needed) before calling it a night.