Strange's Lane brings new life to city centre

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 15:38 07/08/2014

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Christchurch's newest hospitality hub opens tomorrow, offering Cantabrians five venues in the heart of the city centre.

Strange's Lane, on the corner of High and Lichfield Streets, is home to Lower 9th Diner, Nucleus, Orleans, Strange & Co and Vespa.

Three venues, Lower 9th Diner, Orleans, and Strange & Co open today. Nucleus and Vespa have been open for several months.

The laneways and courtyard that connect the five venues are well lit and heated, with entrances off both High and Lichfield Streets.

Strange's Lane sits between the new Strange's and Glendenning Hill buildings and the restored Bonnington House.

The buildings and Strange's Lane are owned by Shaun Stockman and brothers Dean and Grant Marshall of KPI Rothschild and Stockman Group.

"What we have aimed to create is a unique environment that could be anywhere in the world. An edgy, sophisticated setting that will help Canterbury people to reconnect and establish their place in the city again," Stockman said.

Orleans celebrates the culture and diversity of New Orleans, and is open seven days a week, offering live music at the weekends. Lower 9th Diner is the "naughty little brother" of Orleans, opening in the early hours with supreme espresso and waffles, followed by an all-day diner menu which includes Hurricane cocktails and pina colada slushies.

Strange & Co pays homage to the "past, present and future of Christchurch".

Named after the department store that was housed in the original Strange's Building at the turn of the century, it has an industrial workshop feel, offering moonshine cocktails and other strange creations. It is open seven days from 4pm, with DJs at the weekends and is licensed till 3am.

Previously in Poplar Lane, Vespa is an old Christchurch favourite re-imagined. Nucleus is a cocktail bar with a custom cocktail menu that boasts unique creations served in anything from shot glasses to milk bottles.

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