Central Southland drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Invercargill

Zookeepers Cafe

Parrot-design sofas and flying swordfish provide the distinctive animal-themed backdrop to this Invercargill institution. Stop by in the daytime for coffee and a satisfying menu of Caesar salads and BLTs, or for the…
Cafe in Invercargill

Blue River Dairy

Only sheep's milk could make an expertly poured flat white even silkier. Also on sale at this pocket-sized dairy shop and cafe are cheeses, including tangy cheddar and tasty halloumi, all made from Southland sheep's…
Bar in Invercargill


Invercargill's liveliest gastropub is rightly popular and not bad-looking either, with trendy wallpaper and muted lighting from oversized lampshades. There's live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm. Food is a c…
Bar in Invercargill

Tillermans Music Lounge

The saviour of Southland's live-music scene, Mr Tillerman’s venue hosts everything from thrash to flash, with a battered old dance floor to show for it. Visit the fun downstairs Vinyl Bar, which is open from 8pm, to…
Pub in Gore

Howl at the Moon

With indoor and outdoor drinking zones and a colourful cast of locals, the Howl is a pleasant enough venue to sink some pinot noir.