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Dining In Ōtautahi

Winter In Ōtautahi

Top Spots To Dine

Looking for a cosy, comfortable, and beautifully lit restaurant to elevate your next winter night out? Look no further! Winter evenings are the perfect time to step out of the comfort of your home and dine in someone else's equally cosy space.

Cellar Door

Cosy, historic, and sophisticated, it’s hard not to instantly fall in love with Cellar Door. Nestled in the south quad of the historic Arts Centre, you’ll sip and dine amongst heritage brick buildings and gaze out into the grass courtyard. With a wine list several pages long, wine tasting flights and a seasonal menu that’ll make a Michelin-starred chef blush, there's not a single reason why you’d only have one drink.

OGB

Step into a place of old-world charm and experience the ultimate speakeasy-style bar in Ōtautahi. OGB will transport you to a bygone era, where live music, courtyard views, and expertly crafted cocktails reign supreme. Indulge in the delectable menu, full of boutique bar snacks, luscious desserts, and rich main courses that will transform this inviting spot into your next winter's day escape.

Bloody Mary’s

Get ready to indulge in a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Bloody Mary's. This fantastic venue boasts a sensational steakhouse, brasserie, and bar, all perfectly complemented by a secluded whisky library and private dining hall. With comfortable cushioned chairs, wooden accents, and an elegantly dark yet inviting atmosphere, this place exudes warmth and luxury. The succulent meat grilled to perfection is the star of the menu, making Bloody Mary's an easy choice for a cosy winter evening indoors.

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Miro

As soon as you enter Miro, you will be amazed by the soaring ceilings, open fires, and large windows illuminating the room with natural light and offering an exquisite view of the Ōtakaro Avon River. If you take the original 1930s lift to level two, you'll discover the Fantail, Kea, and Pukeko rooms, each with a unique panoramic view of the city, perfect for private functions. Miro serves breakfast and lunch specialties, making it the ideal spot to spend winter mornings.

Pink Lady

Perched on the seventh-floor penthouse level of the heritage listed, 1960’s Muse Hotel building is the Pink Lady rooftop bar. It's the perfect spot to take in the grand 360’ views of the city and beyond to the snowy mountains of the Southern Alps. Enjoy rooftop ready wines, craft beer from Fortune Favours and Hamptons-meets-Miami inspired cocktails. Their Baja-inspired menu is ideal for those looking for a lighter meal to enjoy with a few drinks. It is exposed to the elements, so rug up warm!

Eliza's Manor - The Butcher & The Bees

Eliza's Manor offers a charming and intimate experience that transports you back in time. Housed in a beautiful historic building, the restaurant named The Butcher & The Bees is something else. Their menus cover brunch, lunch and dinner and feature locally sourced ingredients and sustainably raised meat. Some dishes also include honey from their very own bee hives. Every bite is sure to be a delight, with micro-herbs, vegetables and edible plants straight from their garden. Arrive early so you can take a moment to relax on the couch in the foyer by the fire.

 

Fiddlesticks

At the corner of Montreal and Worcester Streets you’ll find Fiddlesticks, a popular bistro and after work hangout with an unmatched atmosphere and food and beverages to boot. The space is a clever overlay of contemporary style and eccentric features that blend pine wood paneling with low hanging lights for a warming, laid back feel. The staff are consistently welcoming whether you’re in for brunch, a leisurely lunch or a dinner party. If you visit during the day, take a seat in the light-filled front rooms to bask in the winter sun and enjoy views of the stunning Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, located just across the street. 

The Montreal Bar & Restaurant

The Montreal Bar & Restaurant is a tranquil spot tucked away in the midst of all the city hustle. Their secluded courtyard and garden area has a huge fire and offers al fresco drinks and dining, perfect for those that still like to dine outside in the cooler months. Just be sure to pop on your woolies for that extra layer of warmth. Their menus offer local ingredients that change with the seasons in a la carte style as well as dishes designed for sharing.

Oxford Terrace Dining

If you're looking for a warm and inviting spot to dine at, you can't go wrong with a visit to the bustling hubs of The Terrace and Riverside Market. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, each with its own unique vibe, cuisine, and energy to suit your taste. Whether you're in the mood for Japanese or Korean eats, Mediterranean or Nepalese cuisine, you're sure to find something that appeals. Try something new and enjoy a cosy winter's day meal in a welcoming setting.

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