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Christchurch Nightlife

After The Sun Sets

Experience The Best Of Christchurch By Night

If you're after a few drinks, a groove to live music or something a little more creative, Ōtautahi Christchurch has you sorted for a good time once the sun goes down.  

From rooftop bars and underground speakeasies, to poppin’ dance floors and live music, experience Christchurch after dark and rediscover our exciting city over and over again.   

Rooftop Bars ...

The Pink Lady Cocktails
Credit: Hannah Bird Photo

Pink Lady

Seventh floor heaven awaits at Pink Lady, a suave cocktail bar on the roof of Muse Hotel. You’ll feel sophisticated and exclusive in the cosy bar with some of the biggest views in the city. Try their Pink Mistress (it comes with candyfloss!) and their sticky rice skewers with spicy caramel sauce. 

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Mr. Brightside

Mr Brightside

Take the lift up to the top floor of the Iconic Public Trust Building to get your groove on at Mr Brightside. Here the beats are as vibrant as the name suggests. Casual DJ nights and a lively atmosphere make this spot a must for anyone looking to dance the night away. Soak in the views while you hit the D-floor.

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The Best Live Music …

Fat Eddies Dance Floor
Credit: Anna Lindsay

Fat Eddies

A staple on any Christchurch night out, Fat Eddie’s is a dancing destination. On The Terrace with plenty of space, their balcony overlooks the river and their stage and dance floor are always packed and pumping. Stars in Ed’s Eyes happens every Tuesday, with musical contestants vying for cash prizes, followed by live band karaoke. 

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OGB Bar Interior


Housed in a beautiful heritage building, nothing beats a few weekend drinks at OGB, especially with the sounds of live music filling the scene with sweet acoustic songs. Whatever the season, OGB’s speakeasy style bar is warm and welcoming, making for relaxed vibes in the sun or rugged up under the heaters.   

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Drinks Lined Up On The Bat At The Austin Club

The Church Pub

No, you're not attending a sermon; you're at The Church for a night of vibrant live music. One of the newest kids on the block, The Church is a unique bar in town, where you can get down to live bands in an old church building.

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The Bog Interior

The Bog Irish Bar

A local favourite, The Bog, is a good, old-fashioned Irish pub/bar which often hosts live bands. It’s a great place to dance to old favourites and often draws crowds both young and old.

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Pomeroys Bar Tap Handles

The Carlton Bar

The Carlton Bar is another spot where the locals flock. It’s a large pub/bar that’s been a Christchurch institution for over 160 years. This bar knows how to have a good time and you’ll often find live music and bands playing to crowds of all ages, who are keen to dance the night away.

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A Man At The Boo Radleys Bar


Boo’s is where the cool cats hang out for live music with bands playing every Thursday – Saturday night. The lineup changes regularly, promising a night filled with surprises and the best of the local scene. We also recommend heading to their sister bar, Gin Gin for an even more relaxed vibe.

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Casual DJ Vibes ...


Amazonita & Bangalore Polo Club

Immerse yourself in the luxurious vibes of Amazonita and the Bangalore Polo Club, two bars connected by an interior corridor. Bangalore Polo Club is a great little bar with an incredible dance floor (often filled with peanut shells). Walk through the connected corridor and you’ll find yourself in Amazonita. Here you'll have a little more space to bust some moves or grab a booth to sip your drink when you need to rest your feet.

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Gin Cocktail

Chiwahwah Mexican Cantina Bar

Grab your pals and hit up Chiwahwah after 10pm, where the tables get moved to the side and the DJ moves in! This spot is another great one for those that enjoy dancing to live DJs. We recommend grabbing some delicious Mexican delights here before the night takes you away.

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Little Fiddle

The Little Fiddle

Uncover the charm of the Little Fiddle Irish Pub. A hidden gem down one of the laneways at The Terrace (opposite the Bangalore Polo Club) with a cosy setting and a DJ lineup that knows how to keep the good times rolling. It's the perfect spot for a low-key yet lively night out.

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Or Something A Little Bit Different ...

Bartender Austin Club

Austin Club

Have you got the password? Yes that’s right… Austin Club is tucked away down a dark alley in the centre of town, and you need a password to get through the door! Once you’re in, the welcome is warm and the music is classy. You’ll want to spend hours in this intimate, sophisticated (and secret) spot. 

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Greenlane Markets Dj Spinning Decks

Hide Club

Ready for the underground electronic scene? Hide Club is your ticket to Christchurch’s only purpose-built nightclub, an all-inclusive safe space for those looking to experience quality live electronic music. Every weekend Hide Club welcomes a wide array of international and local electronic artists to Christchurch.

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Convention Bureau Generic Conference Microphone

Zzan Korean

Grab the mic and head to Zzan Korean on Manchester Street for a night of hilarious karaoke antics. Sing your heart out, laugh with friends, and make memories that will have you smiling for days.

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Christchurch Casino

Christchurch Casino

Christchurch Casino is a popular entertainment destination located in the heart of Christchurch city. Open 24/7, the casino offers a wide range of entertainment options, including slot machines, table games such as poker, blackjack, and roulette, and live sports on the big screens. The venue also features several bars and restaurants, including the Grand Café and the Monza Sports Bar.

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Smash Palace

Smash Palace

Kick off your weekend with a bang at Smash Palace. It's an outdoor bar and burger joint located on High Street. The locals love this spot for an after-work drink on a Friday and the vibes are always on point!

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