Drink

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

Dragons Den

The waitress's good instincts make up for a menu shortage at this contemporary Colombo St bar.

Review: Strange & Co

Strange & Co

Strange's Lane is buzzing with people, ranging from bespectacled hipsters with sardonic facial hair to after-work drinkers in sober suits and tiny women in tinier skirts.

Review: The Institution

The Institution

This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.

Stars of service

Coffee

Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.

The grill: Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.

Bar review: Mashina Lounge

Mashina

Christchurch Casino's basement bar is vodka themed, with bacon-infused, wasabi and bubblegum flavours on the menu.

Bar review: Nucleus

Nucleus Bar

This Stranges Lane bar is more of a street venue, with the main seating on the footpath and a small bar that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Review: The Dirty Land

The Dirty Land

Visit for the drinks, but stay for the food. Hidden at the back of The Dirty Land's bar menu is the ultimate surprise – a long list of Mexicano's tacos.

Bar review: The Bog is back

The Bog

Every day is St Patrick's Day at the new Irish pub in Victoria St.

Review: Bloody Mary's

Bloody Mary's

This sizeable central city bar, based at the Rydges hotel, is likely to impress people with a taste for cocktails and whisky, and those who enjoy faultless theming.

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor

NZCL

Following in the footsteps of 42 Below, Sam and Ben Lu of New Zealand Chinese Liquor have created their own spirit to rival others in the Chinese market and beef up Kiwi cocktails, as a replacement for vodka, with its 58 per cent (ABV) strength.

Review: The Last Word

The Last Word

Whether you're a seasoned whisky drinker or a first-timer, staff will suggest the perfect wee dram at this tiny New Regent St drinking hole.

Vespa Bar is back

Vespa

An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.

Review: The Carlton Bar and Eatery

Bar Review

City favourite is back on the block and is full of all sorts.

Review: Civil and Naval

Civil

OPINION: Civil and Naval in Lyttelton could well be the most intimate, coolest, funkiest bar in town, but that doesn't mean it's perfect.

Tequila Mockingbird

Bar review

Tequila

Irresistible menu items at Kiwi-Latin American tapas bar in Victoria St.

Morrell and Co

A new addition to Addington

Morrell and Co

How would you like your meatballs? You can have them almost any way you want at Morrell & Co.

Baretta bar review

Cartel bar owners bring a touch of Italy to town

Baretta

Adding to the buzz on St Asaph St, Italian-style Baretta lives up to the hype.

Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

Belgian Beer Cafe

It's in brand new spot, but the Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof is bringing back great things we remember well.

The Darkroom

Darkroom

Geoff finds the Darkroom lives up to its name.

Valley Inn

The Heathcote inn hasn't lost its charm.

Valley Inn

The rebuilt pub in Heathcote Valley has retained some of its best aspects.

Costas Taverna and Ouzo Bar

Downing ouzo at Costas

Costas Taverna

It's ouzo o'clock every night at the new Costas Taverna.

Stray Dog Bar

On St Asaph St

Stray Dog

Part of the St Asaph St Kitchen, the Stray Dog bar deserves a treat.

On The Rocks

On The Rocks

We sent Tamlyn to try Sumner's newest bar, On the Rocks.

The Woolston Hop

The Woolston Hop

The Twisted Hop is back, but with three new faces.

CBD Bar

CBD Bar

Cassels & Sons' newest bar gets the once over.

King of Snake

King of Snake

Tony Astle has opened a new bar and its cocktails are deadly.

Dux Live

Dux Live

Tamlyn discovered she didn't have to be a groupie to enjoy Dux Live. 

Dose Izakaya Bar

A journalist, an engineer and an accountant walk into a bar ...

Dose

Feeling Japanese? We try Dose, for unfamiliar drinks and intriguing snacks.

Smash Palace

Smash Palace

What's is like behind the scaffolding on the corner of Bealey Ave and Victoria St?

The Pedal Pusher

The Pedal Pusher

Unpretentious yet upmarket, The Pedal Pusher left a lasting impression on Kate Preece.

The Monday Room

Monday Room

This new bar is proving to be among the best.

Off the shelf

wine

Garth points out wines to look for on the supermarket shelves.

Container chic Revival

Revival

Containers are everywhere these days and even provide cool bar venues.

Autumn wines

wine

GARTH GALLAWAY

Wines to enjoy as the days shorten and the leaves change colour.

A Riccarton speakeasy

Volstead

SARA BUNNY

Sara Bunny wishes the red carpet treatment extended beyond this bar's front door.

Spain on the brain

Bar

SARA BUNNY

It's Spain or bust, as Sara skips off to Sumner to check out its tapas bar.

Going for gold

wine

GARTH GALLAWAY

Hot days and sultry nights are perfect for drinking the bottled summer that comes out of Marlborough.

Sour grapes

Tai Tapu Hotel

A warm country welcome was not on the menu at the Tai Tapu Hotel.

The Carlton reincarnated

CCC

Something's popped up where the old Carlton once stood. A new bar worth checking out?

Cargo Bar

Cargo

Another reason to go to Addington takes form inside a container.

Testing out Sumner's Clink

Clink

REVIEW: Sara Bunny decides it wouldn't be so bad to be stuck in the Clink...

Governors Bay Hotel

governors

Sara Bunny found the country hotel bar more harbour views and cut lawns than old broads and hairy bikers.

The Running Bull

Riccarton Rd is boasting a new place to hang your hat. 

Misceo cafe and bar

Misceo

SARA BUNNY

This Mediterranean-themed cafe/bar proved a hit.

Tavern Harewood

Harewood

Sara Bunny blends in with the locals.

Elevate

elevate

SARA BUNNY

Spirits in need of a lift? A still-standing Colombo St establishment beckons...

Get yourself a Negroni

Cocktail of the month

The Bicycle Thief in Latimer Square serves up an Italian classic.

Lounge cool

Jamie Hanton gets a garden-party feel from a well-known Merivale haunt - Aikmans.

Wet

The Marque

It might not be on the top floor, but the Marque hotel's bar, Wet, still makes Sara Bunny feel a little like a film star.
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