Dunedin & Otago drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Dunedin

Aika + Co

With a new name but the same tiny space, 'Dunedin's littlest bar' might only be 1.8m wide, but it's still big enough to host regular live bands. There are just six bar stools, so patrons spill out into an adjacent l…
Coffee in Dunedin

Insomnia by Strictly Coffee

Another of Dunedin’s seriously serious coffee bars, Strictly Coffee is a stylish, retro option hidden down grungy Bath St. Different rooms provide varying views and artworks to enjoy while you sip and sup. The sunny…
Pub in Ranfurly

Waipiata Country Hotel

Around 10km from Ranfurly, this friendly country pub right on the rail trail is a great spot to quench your post-ride thirst. It also offers good pub meals – like deer and beer pies and tasty burgers – and has rooms…
Cocktail Bar in Dunedin


Monochrome tartan wallpaper, a roof deck and great cocktails leave the classy clientele looking pleased to be seen somewhere so deadly cool. DJs spin deep house until late from Thursday through to Saturday, and ther…
Bar in Dunedin

Inch Bar

Make the short trek from town to this cavelike little bar for its selection of Kiwi craft beers and tasty tapas, and the cute little indoor/outdoor beer garden. Despite its diminutive dimensions, it often hosts live…
Bar in Dunedin


This former butcher is now a bohemian bar, with a dark, atmospheric interior and cosy booths, illuminated by a single chandelier. Punters are drawn in by the many single-malt whiskies and interesting tap beers, as w…
Coffee in Dunedin


The coffee at the Dunedin branch of this famous Kiwi roastery is just as smooth and rich as you'd expect. The simple cafe space fills with students from the nearby university, who come to sup espresso and nibble on …
Cocktail Bar in Dunedin


Down the alley opposite the Rialto Cinema, Pequeno attracts a sophisticated crowd with leather couches, a cosy fireplace and an excellent wine and cocktail list. Music is generally laid-back, with regular live acts.
Brewery in Oamaru

Scott's Brewing Co.

Drop into this old waterfront warehouse to sample the output of Oamaru's premier craft brewers. Slouch against the counter for a tasting or head out onto the sunny deck for a pint and a pizza.
Pub in Oamaru

Criterion Hotel

The most Victorian of the Victorian Precinct's watering holes, this corner beauty has a good beer selection and plenty of local wines. There's usually live music on Fridays.