Bar hopping around Christchurch

KATE PREECE
Last updated 16:46 28/09/2012

As the clock nears the much-anticipated stroke of 5pm on a Friday afternoon, thoughts wander to how best to celebrate the weekend. Care to do a bit of bar hopping?

If your choice of bar is driven by its beers, you are in luck, as Christchurch is churning out some brewing magic. The Brewery in Woolston is an easy choice, as is its counterpart CBD Bar, but there's also Volstead Trading Company, which prides itself on serving craft beer, at 55 Riccarton Rd. If it's a night-in you are after, The Twisted Hop's brewery shop at 7B Parkhouse Rd, Wigram, is filling the void left by the closure of Poplar Lanes.

Pomeroy's is a tried and true Christchurch establishment and it's still standing at 292 Kilmore St. It serves pub grub and a fine selection of beers, has a great atmosphere and shouldn't be overlooked simply because it hasn't gone anywhere.

For a spot of live entertainment, the obvious choice is Dux Live. Its gig guide is pretty chocka, and an upcoming highlight would have to be Christchurch band Op Shop taking the stage on October 4. The boys will be joined by comedian Brendhan Lovegrove, so you'll get to have a laugh with your Ginger Tom.

Revival Bar at 94 Victoria St is doing its bit to give musicians and DJs some practise, as is The Darkroom, with gigs Wednesday through to Saturday, most weeks. At 355 St Asaph St, The Darkroom is known for its vast selection of drinks, too, so it does tick a few boxes for a night out in the city.

If you're looking for something a bit different, try Dose Izakaya Bar on Tuam St. It serves delectable Japanese bar snacks that make a visit a must by themselves. There's hot and cold sake to try, and foreign beers to diverify your palate.

A newcomer to Christchurch is Cortado. Once destined for The Strip, it has instead opened in Beckenham and, judging from the opening, its food and drink options are going to please locals and visitors alike. The Greenhornet, a cocktail with feijoa, apple, kiwifruit pulp, vodka and Midori, is dangerously good.

One on the yet-to-try list is The Astro Lounge. It's the back part of Cook'n' with Gas (23 Worcester Blvd) and is equipped with its own petanque court and outdoor barbecue. There's even a movie screen and live music during the weekends, so I'm told.

There are plenty more bars around town and more are opening up every month. It certainly seems our city's night life is coming back.

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