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.
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.
An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.
City favourite is back on the block and is full of all sorts.
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.
Irresistible menu items at Kiwi-Latin American tapas bar in Victoria St.
A new addition to Addington
How would you like your meatballs? You can have them almost any way you want at Morrell & Co.
Cartel bar owners bring a touch of Italy to town
Adding to the buzz on St Asaph St, Italian-style Baretta lives up to the hype.
It's in brand new spot, but the Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof is bringing back great things we remember well.
Geoff finds the Darkroom lives up to its name.
The Heathcote inn hasn't lost its charm.
The rebuilt pub in Heathcote Valley has retained some of its best aspects.
Downing ouzo at Costas
It's ouzo o'clock every night at the new Costas Taverna.
On St Asaph St
Part of the St Asaph St Kitchen, the Stray Dog bar deserves a treat.
We sent Tamlyn to try Sumner's newest bar, On the Rocks.
The Twisted Hop is back, but with three new faces.
Cassels & Sons' newest bar gets the once over.
Tony Astle has opened a new bar and its cocktails are deadly.
Tamlyn discovered she didn't have to be a groupie to enjoy Dux Live.
A journalist, an engineer and an accountant walk into a bar ...
Feeling Japanese? We try Dose, for unfamiliar drinks and intriguing snacks.
What's is like behind the scaffolding on the corner of Bealey Ave and Victoria St?
Unpretentious yet upmarket, The Pedal Pusher left a lasting impression on Kate Preece.
This new bar is proving to be among the best.
Garth points out wines to look for on the supermarket shelves.
Containers are everywhere these days and even provide cool bar venues.
GARTH GALLAWAYWines to enjoy as the days shorten and the leaves change colour.
SARA BUNNYSara Bunny wishes the red carpet treatment extended beyond this bar's front door.
GARTH GALLAWAYHot days and sultry nights are perfect for drinking the bottled summer that comes out of Marlborough.
SARA BUNNYIt's Spain or bust, as Sara skips off to Sumner to check out its tapas bar.
A warm country welcome was not on the menu at the Tai Tapu Hotel.
Something's popped up where the old Carlton once stood. A new bar worth checking out?
Another reason to go to Addington takes form inside a container.
REVIEW: Sara Bunny decides it wouldn't be so bad to be stuck in the Clink...
Sara Bunny found the country hotel bar more harbour views and cut lawns than old broads and hairy bikers.
Riccarton Rd is boasting a new place to hang your hat.
SARA BUNNYThis Mediterranean-themed cafe/bar proved a hit.
Sara Bunny blends in with the locals.
SARA BUNNYSpirits in need of a lift? A still-standing Colombo St establishment beckons...
Cocktail of the month
The Bicycle Thief in Latimer Square serves up an Italian classic.
Jamie Hanton gets a garden-party feel from a well-known Merivale haunt - Aikmans.
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.
Sara Bunny sups a margarita or two in New Regent St.
Cocktail of the month
We've found something to heat you from the inside out.
Matawhero Wines had fallen off the radar since its first vintage in 1975. But now it's back, full of promise.
It's a tight squeeze, but it's worth the effort to make yourself comfy at Cartel.
Jamie gets a taste for Ye Olde English style and hospitality.
Red wine drums up lots of connotations, all of them positive, from Garth's point of view.
A bar with all the quirks we've come to expect from a port-town location.
Despite there being several top-class NZ producers, riesling continues to be misunderstood in this part of the world.
Wines under $20
Garth Gallaway finds value for money.
Our wine guy, Garth Gallaway, heads to a bar for a whine.