With a blend of cuisines from South America and the Caribbean, Tequila Mockingbird offers a menu of contemporary Latin food and drink that is sure to intrigue. The extensive liquor and cocktail list captures the essence of Rio and Havana, and is complemented by a comprehensive list of Latin American wines and beers. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have weekend brunch options. The brunch menu includes dishes that mix the delicious sweet creole flavors from the Caribbean islands with the traditional Central American cooking techniques, as well as the classic brunch dishes that we all know and love.
Tequila Mockingbird, 98 Victoria St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-365 8565
Eight months after the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011 that caused most venues in the city to close, Darkroom was one of the first bars to reopen. As well as having a large selection of spirits, Darkroom also provides a rotating choice of four ales on hand pump taps, as well as around 40 local bottled craft beers. This bar is also one of Christchurch’s biggest music and entertainment venues, hosting regular comedy, theatre and music events from both local and international artists.
Darkroom, 336 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-974 2425
The Last Word
In central Christchurch, on the perimeter of the city’s Isaac Royal Theatre, is New Regent Street. This is a gorgeous heritage street, established in the 1930s, and home to The Last Word, among many other indulgent boutique businesses and venues. This whiskey and cocktail bar was thankfully able to stay in its original location on this historic street after the Spanish-mission style buildings survived the 2011 earthquake, and have since been strengthened against future quakes. Over 200 different types of whiskey are served at this classy establishment, making it a must-go for cocktail enthusiasts and whiskey connoisseurs.
The Last Word, 31 New Regent St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-928 2381
Harlequin Public House
Just a stone’s throw from Christchurch’s endearing Avon River is the Harlequin Public House, whose class and elegance is hard to match. This restaurant offers fine dining in a glorious wooden villa, a comfortable setting to enjoy the excellent drinks under the high-ceilings and among the sophisticated decor. Be sure to try something from their list of craft beers and international wines, or perhaps have a relaxed evening at the late night oyster and champagne bar.
The Pedal Pusher
A nod to the late 19th century, the cycling glory days, when the roads were occupied mostly by cyclists. The Pedal Pusher and it’s interior design have a pretty clear theme: bicycles. With stools made out of bike seats, and a sign on the far wall that uses a recycled bike to spell out the bar’s motto (“Let the good times roll”). The walls are also decorated with the history of Alfred Peerce, the owner of a cycle trading business called Cyclists Exchange. With a selection of classic drinks and a great ambiance, you can come down and have a great time, but don’t miss out on their great food menu as well.
The Monday Room
The Monday Room has previously won the Christchurch Bar of the Year award, and offers a menu of brilliant, fresh Japanese cuisine along with its comprehensive wine, beer and cocktail list. The cocktail list showcases great products and uses classic and contemporary mixology techniques to devise innovative and original cocktails.
The Monday Room, 367 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-377 5262
No. 4 Bar & Restaurant
If you’re looking for a place to have a Saturday afternoon drink, or maybe a beer with mates after work, No. 4 Bar & Restaurant is the place to go. The outdoor area is a great place to relax on a warm summer day, although even in the winter the courtyards are heated and the indoor areas will keep you snug and cozy. This is a place where you might like to have a laid-back, candle lit bite to eat. No. 4 Bar & Restaurant offers a selection of boutique beers and ciders by the bottle, on top of a list of 12 different beers on tap and a library of wines that highlight local options and varieties.
The Craic Irish Bar
The countdown to next St. Patrick’s Day begins at The Craic Irish Bar, where Irish culture, music and, of course, beer are brought to Christchurch in the form of a little pub on Riccarton Road, just west of the CBD. You’ll be able to relax and have a pint of Guinness in the friendly atmosphere that is inspired by the Irish tradition that upholds homeliness and acceptance. You can enjoy some live music with friends and chow down on some traditional, heart-warming Irish dishes. Make sure to check their website to find out about their weekly events.
The Dirty Land
Located in Christchurch’s CBD is The Dirty Land, a classy bar with ambient lighting and Victorian decor, that is the place to go to find high spirits and lively patrons. As well as their selection of imported beers, they have some fantastic cocktails. And, while you’re at it, try some of the delicious contemporary Mexican food that they have on offer too.
The Dirty Land, 131 Victoria St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-365 5340
One Bar & Grill
As well as being one of Christchurch’s hubs for fashion and lifestyle, The Palms Shopping Center is also home to some great bars and restaurants including One Bar & Grill, where you can treat yourself to some delicious and classic pub food after an afternoon’s shopping. Don’t miss out on the brilliant cocktails on offer at this bar and restaurant, as well as the wide selection of international and local wines.