Engineers and Merchants

Food is 'off-the-charts good' at new eatery


Engineers, the roof-top bar and restaurant, and Merchants, the downstairs bar and dance hub, are newbies to city nightlife.

Review: Vesuvio Courtyard Bar


This redux version of an old CBD hangout might be the size of a single garage, but it is perfectly formed.

Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery


Courtyard drinking and dining might be accompanied by views of the latest furniture deals, but its the platter you'll remember at this horsey-themed Moorhouse Ave bar.

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.

How important is good service?


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

From burgers to bars

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


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


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


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


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.

Forgive the pun

Bar review


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

Bar review: Rockstar, Chch

This pizza parlour and live music venue in central Christchurch is a loud, fun place with a great buzz.

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