I was once told that the best way to navigate Christchurch, New Zealand is via its bars.
After all, they serve as perfect landmarks: the one with the rooftop view, the one with the quirky cocktails, or my personal favourite, the one that magically seems to convert your evening plans into morning coffee runs.
So grab a pint and buckle up! We’re going on a tour of the best bars in Christchurch!
1. The Last Word
Address: 31 New Regent Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
- Monday to Wednesday – 4 PM to 11 PM
- Thursday to Friday – 4 PM till Late
- Saturday – to 4 PM to 2 AM
- Sunday – Flexible
The Last Word is a hidden gem among the bustling bar scene of Christchurch. This whisky and cocktail bar offers a warm, inviting atmosphere that doesn’t disappoint.
They have an array of whiskies from around the globe (over 600) and a cocktail list that’s as creative as it’s delicious. It’s a must-visit for any discerning drinker.
Pro Tip: Give their whisky tasting a try if you have time and extra cash! It’s 65 NZD per person.
2. Smash Palace
Address: 172 High St, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
- Tuesday to Thursday – 3 PM to Late
- Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to Late
- Sunday – 12 PM to 6 PM
Phone: +64 3-366 5369
Just as its name implies, Smash Palace is a refreshing break from the ordinary. In what once was a mechanic’s workshop stands a bar with character unlike any other.
The venue might seem unconventional—with its bus converted into a bar and outdoor seating made up of repurposed car seats—but it’s this unique charm that makes it an absolute favourite local hangout.
The vibe here is relaxed and unpretentious. a wonderfully diverse crowd from all walks of life. When it comes to the drinks, they serve a well-crafted selection of beers, with an emphasis on supporting local brewers.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss out on their Boodgie Beer or their wines directly from Waipara Vineyards.
3. The Dirty Land
Address: 131 Victoria St, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
- Sunday to Wednesday – 4 PM to 11 PM
- Thursday – 4 PM to 12 AM
- Friday & Saturday – 4 PM to 1 AM
Phone: +64 03 365 5340
Looking for a taste of sophistication in the heart of Christchurch? The Dirty Land should be on your itinerary.
This upscale spot is renowned for its luxurious ambience, creative cocktails, and a wine list that would impress even the most discerning connoisseur.
The interior of The Dirty Land is a feast for the eyes, exuding a vintage charm with its ornate mirrors, plush velvet seating, and chandeliers. This is a perfect place to start your evening or to conclude a day of sightseeing with an after-dark tipple.
Pro Tip: Ask for the ‘Off-menu Espresso Martini’. It’s not listed, but the bartenders will know, and trust us, it’s a delectable treat that leaves you wanting more. With a strong coffee kick smoothly blended with vodka and a hint of sweetness, it’s the perfect balance of flavours for a relaxing night out.
4. Boo Whiskey Food & Music
Address: 98 Victoria St, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 4 PM till Late
Phone: +64 3-366 9906
Boo Radley’s, a true Southern gem in the heart of Christchurch, is a place you can’t afford to miss. It’s a place that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a bar in New Orleans rather than New Zealand.
Their cocktail list is a delightful mix of bourbon-based concoctions and other libations that pay tribute to the Southern United States.
These are paired perfectly with their menu, which boasts mouth-watering Southern comfort foods like gumbo, fried chicken, and shrimp po’boy. The bar is bustling with a vibrant crowd and often features live music.
Pro Tip: Don’t leave without trying the house special cocktail, ‘Radley’s Sling’. It’s totally addictive.
5. The Bog
Address: 50 Victoria St, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
- Monday & Tuesday – 12 PM to 10 PM
- Wednesday to Sunday – 12 PM and onwards
Phone: +64 3-929 0117
The Bog is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience an authentic Irish pub atmosphere. With its traditional Irish decor, live music, and a fantastic selection of Irish whiskies and beers on tap, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a night out in Christchurch.
The pub regularly features performances from local and touring bands, keeping the atmosphere lively and fun. So it’s not uncommon to see people singing along and dancing.
As for the food, the menu is packed with hearty Irish classics like beef and Guinness pie and traditional Irish stew. These dishes are perfect for soaking up the generously poured pints of Guinness or Kilkenny.
Pro Tip: Ask for ‘The Bog Whisky Experience.’ This includes a selection of four different whiskies, each with its own unique character and flavour profile.
6. Gin Gin
Address: 4 New Regent Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
- Tuesday to Thursday – 4 PM to Late
- Friday & Sunday – 1 PM to Late
Phone: +64 3-365 1560
As the name suggests, Gin Gin boasts an astonishing array of gin—over 100 on the last count. The ambience is elegant and sophisticated, the perfect setting to indulge in the finer things life has to offer.
Their ‘Elderflower Fizz’ and ‘Blackberry Bramble’ come highly recommended.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss out on the weekly Gin Tasting nights every Wednesday, where you can sample a variety of gins from around the world, each matched with a bespoke tonic and garnish.
7. The Pedal Pusher
Address: 284-286 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11 AM till Late
Phone: +64 3-335 0095
The Pedal Pusher is an iconic Christchurch institution, radiating an old-world charm with its unique cycling theme and laid-back, friendly atmosphere. The bar offers an extensive selection of New Zealand and international beers, wines, and spirits.
If you fancy a cocktail, their expert mixologists can shake or stir up some classics or introduce you to their inventive concoctions. And if you’re a brunch enthusiast, their brunch menu (available until 3 PM) is a must-try!
Pro Tip: Check out their ‘Quiz Night’ every Tuesday at 7 PM. Be sure to arrive early to grab a good spot—it fills up fast!
8. Fat Eddie’s
Address: Level 1/76 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
- Tuesday & Wednesday – 4 PM to 12 PM
- Thursday – 4 PM to 2 AM
- Friday – 2 PM to 3 AM
- Saturday – 2 PM to 3 AM
- Sunday 2 PM to 10 PM
Fat Eddie’s is a beacon of jazz and blues in the heart of Christchurch. With live music playing every night, the atmosphere is electric, filled with the soulful strains of jazz and the buzz of lively conversation.
Their drink selection is wide and varied, with a focus on beautiful craft beers, an extensive American whisky collection, and innovative, music-themed cocktails.
They also offer a wonderful menu filled with Southern-style comfort food. From their succulent ‘Pork Belly Bites’ to their flavour-packed ‘Shrimp and Grits’, you’re certainly in for a treat.
Pro Tip: The best time to arrive at Fat Eddie’s is early in the evening. Grab a seat on the balcony with a view over the Avon River and order the ‘High Note’ cocktail, a refreshing blend of vodka, elderflower, mint, and sparkling wine.And if you can try to visit on a Sunday, they host a ‘Jam Session’ at 6 PM.
9. The Monday Room
Address: 161 High St, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 5 PM to Late
Phone: +64 3-377 5262
With a focus on boutique wines and handcrafted cocktails, The Monday Room has an extensive drink selection that caters to the most discerning palates.
The bar itself has a distinctly homely feeling that invites you to linger. However, the real showstopper is the outdoor courtyard, an idyllic setting that offers a tranquil escape from the busy city streets.
Pro Tip: If you’re a fan of wine, don’t miss their ‘Wine Not? Monday’ deal, where you can enjoy select bottles of wine at incredible prices.
10. Dux Central
Address: 6 Poplar Street, Christchurch Central, 8011
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11 AM till Late
Phone: + 64 03 366 6919
Dux Central is a beer lover’s paradise, with a selection of craft beers that are nothing short of impressive. Their in-house brews—Dux Lager, Dux Pale Ale, and Dux Ginger Tom—are exceptional and certainly worth a try.
Their food menu perfectly complements their drinks. From scrumptious pizzas to moreish small plates, there’s something for everyone.
Don’t miss out on their famous truffle fries, a guilty pleasure that pairs beautifully with any drink.
Pro Tip: Dux Central often hosts live music events, adding an extra layer of vibrancy to the already energetic atmosphere. So, be sure to check their event schedule before your visit—you might just stumble upon some fantastic local talent performing live.
Address: Unit 6/2 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 5 PM to 11 PM
Phone: +64 (0) 27 340 8385
This chic bar, nestled in the heart of the city, has swiftly become a favourite haunt for those seeking a sophisticated night out. They have an extensive selection of finely curated wines and a cocktail menu that will make any liquor connoisseur swoon.
Alongside its fantastic drink menu, Londo also offers a range of tapas-style dishes that are as exquisite as the cocktails. Be sure to try the mouthwatering lamb sliders.
It’s got the atmosphere, sleek interior design, and warm lighting that set the perfect stage for a refined evening of relaxation and socialising or a cosy weekend catch-up.
Pro Tip: If you’re a gin lover, be sure to ask the bartender about their ‘Gin Journey.’ This is an exclusive tasting event where guests are guided through a selection of premium gins, each paired with a range of artisanal tonics and garnishes.