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The Best Craft Beer Spots in the CBD

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Thirst-Quenching Craft Beer Spots

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, tasty burgers and a friendly vibe, this is a must visit when in town! Pop in any day during the evening and taste their notorious Bodgie Golden Ale.

Craft Embassy

Sitting comfortably on the first level of The Terrace overlooking the Avon River, Craft Embassy is a great spot for sipping an interesting brew with a view. With thirty taps of independent craft beer on offer, the only hard thing here is making up your mind!

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.


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.

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 at Dux Central.

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