Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Queenstown

Atlas Beer Cafe

There are usually around 20 beers on tap at this pint-sized lakefront bar, headlined by brews from Dunedin's Emerson's Brewery and Queenstown's Altitude. There are tasting paddles (with tasting notes) with four beer…
Top Choice Bar in Arrowtown

Blue Door

The only indications that you've arrived are the unmarked blue doors – push them open and it's like stepping into a prohibition-era speakeasy. The cool little bar has a formidable wine list and enough rustic ambienc…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Queenstown

Smiths Craft Beer House

It's back to basics in everything but the taps, with bare concrete floors and industrial tables and chairs, but up to 20 creative craft beers on tap. The folks behind the bar will chat brews as long as you'll listen…
Top Choice Bar in Queenstown

Zephyr

Queenstown's coolest indie rock bar is located – as all such places should be – in a dark, grungy, concrete-floored space off a back lane. There's a popular pool table and live bands on Wednesday nights. Beer comes …
Pub in Cardrona

Cardrona Hotel

The wood-panelled facade looks like a film set, but it's the real deal – NZ's most photographed pub is a gold-rush relic from 1863. The sense of history is palpable (note the exposed mine shaft over which the pub wa…
Cocktail Bar in Wanaka

Lalaland

Before Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone popularised the term, there was already this Lalaland in Wanaka. Sink into a comfy chair at the little, low-lit palace/bordello, where bar staff concoct elixirs to suit every mood.…
Cocktail Bar in Wanaka

Gin & Raspberry

If you're in the swing for bling, this lush bar is like stepping into a Baz Luhrmann film set. Among the gilded mirrors, grand piano (yes, you can ask to play it) and purple mood lighting, classic movies provide a b…
Pub in Arrowtown

Fork & Tap

Built as a bank in the 1870s, Fork and Tap's currency is now craft beer, with up to 19 suds on tap. Add in good food, including shared meat and cheese platters, and a large sunny, kid-friendly back garden, and you h…
Bar in Queenstown

World Bar

Queenstown's legendary party hub before it was destroyed by fire in 2013, the World Bar is well and truly getting its groove back. Decor swings between degrees of eclectic, from the mounted moose head with halo, to …
Wine Bar in Queenstown

The Winery

Ignore the uninspiring location and settle in for a journey around NZ wine. Load up cash on a smartcard and then help yourself to tasting pours or glasses of more than 80 NZ wines dispensed through an automated gas-…