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 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-…
Top Choice Pub in Takaka

Mussel Inn

You will find one of NZ's most beloved brewery-taverns halfway between Takaka and Collingwood. The Mussel Inn is rustic NZ at its most genuine, complete with creaking timbers, a rambling beer garden with a brazier, …
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 …
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…
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…
Craft Beer in Nelson

Free House

Tastefully converted from its original more reverent purpose, this former church is now home to an excellent, oft-changing selection of NZ craft beers. Munch on Brazilian-influenced bar snacks on the outside deck, a…