Christchurch & Canterbury drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Christchurch

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn

For fans of great beer, Pomeroy's is perfect for supping a drop or two alongside a plate of proper pork crackling. Among this British-style pub's many endearing features are regular live music, a snug, sunny courtya…
Top Choice Bar in Christchurch

Smash Palace

Epitomising the spirit of transience, tenacity and resourcefulness that Christchurch is now known for, this deliberately downcycled and ramshackle beer garden is an intoxicating mix of grease-monkey garage, trailer-…
Pub in Lyttelton

Governors Bay Hotel

A scenic 9km drive from Lyttelton is one of NZ's oldest operational pubs (1870). You couldn't ask for a more inviting deck and garden in which to quaff an afternoon tipple. The food is good, too, covering all the cl…
Craft Beer in Christchurch

The Brewery

An essential destination for beer-loving travellers, the Cassels & Sons' brewery crafts beers using a wood-fired brew kettle, resulting in big, bold ales. Tasting trays are available for the curious and the inde…
Bar in Christchurch

Dux Central

Pumping a whole lot of heart back into the flattened High St precinct, the epic new Dux complex comprises a brew bar serving its own and other crafty drops, the Emerald Room wine bar, Upper Dux restaurant and the Po…
Wine Bar in Christchurch


Half-hidden at the back of a busy cluster of eateries, this European-style wine bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitivo – though the thoughtful selection of local and imported wines, excellent antipasti b…
Bar in Christchurch

Fat Eddie's

Seven years after the quakes, jazz bar Fat Eddie's has reopened in a brand-new building on the riverfront. With comfy couches, retro styling, a big dance floor, live music most nights and a wraparound balcony perfec…
Coffee in Christchurch

Allpress Espresso

Hidden behind a nondescript facade down the industrial end of Montreal St, the Christchurch branch of this famous Kiwi coffee roastery does a mean espresso – just as you'd expect. If you're feeling peckish, there ar…
Bar in Christchurch

Boo Radley's

An intimate, speakeasy vibe makes Boo's an alluring late-night hang-out. Southern-style decor meshes with bourbons galore and American comfort food like sliders, fried chicken and curly fries (snacks $7 to $24). The…
Bar in Lyttelton

Civil and Naval

Steadfast staff at this compact, bijou bar serve a quality selection of cocktails, fine wines and craft beers, while the kitchen keeps patrons civil with an eclectic range of tapas ($6 to $18).