Review: Louis Champagne Bar in Christchurch

Louis is a central Christchurch bar specialising in champagne and oysters.

Bar review: Arborista in the ANZ Centre, Christchurch

A smart espresso bar in the ANZ Centre in central Christchurch morphs into an elegant bar for after-work drinks on Thursday and Friday nights.

Wellington cafe owners training deaf staff plan sign language cafe in Christchurch

Wellington cafe owners train deaf staff to run the business, and plan to open a sign language cafe in Christchurch.

Stuff's pick of dog-friendly Christchurch cafes... and cakes

Stuff finds five Christchurch cafes that welcome your four-legged friend, and a place that photographs pooches and smashing cakes.

Soil mapping helps winemakers create top tipples

Scientists are helping winemakers understand their soils in order to tell their stories.

Review: Khao San Road

The drinks are poured at the bar, but the bar snacks come fresh from the Spice Paragon kitchen.

Review: Boo Radley's Food and Liquor

With a long list of cocktails, live music, a pool table and an American south-themed menu, Boo Radley's Food and Liquor has a please-all vibe.

The baroness of beer

Ava Wilson talks to Beck Eleven about brewing beer, falling in love over a tasting glass, and being a new mum in the alcohol industry.

Review: 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.

Stars of 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.

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


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.

Tequila Mockingbird

Bar review


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


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


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.



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 ...


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


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

Container chic Revival


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

Autumn wines



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

A Riccarton speakeasy



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

Spain on the brain



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

Going for gold



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.
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