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Best Bars For A Night Out In Queenstown, New Zealand

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Queenstown, New Zealand, is renowned for its sloping vineyards, scenery and unrivalled adventure sports. The nightlife in the city is equally dynamic; from quaint cowboy joints to Australasia‘s largest ice bar, here’s our definitive list of the best bars in town.

Lone Star Cafe & Bar – Queenstown

Lone Star Cafe & Bar is a casual spot swathed in American memorabilia and the atmosphere here is homely and charmingly nostalgic. A great setting for a beer with friends or a meal with family, the restaurant offers large portions of comfort food along with tasty drinks, including the legendary Lone Star cocktails. The bar staff here are experts in their trade, and are always happy to keep the delicious drinks flowing. Watch out for the sexy beast cocktail, smirnoff vodka or jagermeister with red bull and served tall with fresh lime.

14 Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand, +64 3-442 9995

Rum Manhattan Tequila Old Fashioned | © Cocktailmarler/WikiCommons

Rum Manhattan Tequila Old Fashioned | © Cocktailmarler/WikiCommons


A popular weekend bar often the scene of tabletop dancing, Skybar is a lively hangout for young locals, a chic, glass-enclosed venue offering good views of the lush surrounding greenery. The establishment is split up into a dining room and a long bar, with a sleek balcony reflecting the modern, upmarket design of a Manhattan super club. Skybar boasts live DJs as well as a crackling fire, heavy drapes and some interesting local artwork along the walls. The drinks here are excellent, with a wide selection of wine to choose from as well as tasty and fruity cocktails.

Watch out for: the mojitos

Address & telephone number: 26 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand, +64 3-442 4283

Spirituosen bilden die „Basis“ der meisten Cocktails.| © Stefan Giesbert/wikicommons

Spirituosen bilden die „Basis“ der meisten Cocktails.| © Stefan Giesbert/wikicommons

Threesixty Restaurant & Bar

Located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Threesixty Restaurant & Bar boasts floor-to-ceiling windows offering gorgeous views of both the grand mountains of Queenstown, and the picturesque Lake Wakatipu. With cozy seating and warm gas fires here it’s a great place to unwind with a glass of wine; stop by for happy hour from 4-6pm daily. Or enjoy a kiwi mocktail or alcoholic hot chocolate. Don’t miss the food here too; top picks include the scallops and the sirloin steak.

93 Beach Street, Town Centre, New Zealand, +64 3-442 5360

Below Zero Ice Bar

Below Zero Ice Bar provides drinks in an extremely cool environment, both metaphorically and literally. Everything here is hand-sculpted from ice by two of the world’s top North American ice carvers; from the walls and furniture, to the sculptures, and even the glasses drinks. The bar is set at a temperature of minus five degrees, and upon arrival visitors are equipped with warm jackets, gloves and boots. The establishment is the first bar in the world to have a life-size ice gondola and a real gas fireplace, and is the largest venue of its kind in Australasia. Enjoy a game of ice hockey over your ice-cold beverage, or lounge on the icy throne with a cocktail, the choice is yours.

Searle Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand, +64 3-409 0040

Queenstown ice bar I © Ian Armstrong/Flickr

Queenstown ice bar I © Ian Armstrong/Flickr

Cowboys Queenstown

A lively spot in the heart of the city, Cowboys Queenstown is a venue where the Wild West lives on and the good times roll. Committed to offering a slice of cowboy life New Zealand style, this establishment offers 22 tequilas, 18 bourbons and 15 whiskeys as well as roaring fires and melodious music. But what sets this bar apart? The infamous mechanical bull sat in the back of the establishment. Test out your bull-riding abilities and hop on this bucking bronco to see what you’re made of. Because you aren’t a real cowboy until you’ve ridden a bull, right?

7 Searle Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand, +64 3-409 2978

Whisky | © Joshua Rappeneker/Flickr

Whisky | © Joshua Rappeneker/Flickr

Bar Up

Bar Up is a hidden gem in Queenstown, an intimate joint adorned with a cozy fireplace and stylish, red leather couches where hipsters huddle under low-hung ceilings enjoying gin gimlets in summer, and brandy alexanders in winter. The intimate atmosphere is strengthened with red lampshades casting a warm glow over the surroundings, and the retro printed wallpaper adds a chic edge. In summer the French doors here open onto a balcony allowing for a lovely breeze to blow in from the outside lake.

18 Searle Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand, +64 21 356 117

Atlas Beer Cafe

A popular local favorite, Atlas Beer Cafe is hidden away at the back of Steamer Wharf. With great beers and beautiful views of the lake, what’s not to love? Stop by here for breakfast or lunch, or to enjoy a drink with friends while soaking up the magnificent surroundings of Lake Wakatipu. The venue is passionate about its ales, marketing itself as Queenstown’s home of craft beer, and offering 11 tasty options on tap. And if guests are peckish, there is a highly-acclaimed menu on offer, top picks of which include the steak, and the Kumara Eggs Benedict, served with a homemade hollandaise sauce.

Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand, +64 3-442 5995

Beer Selection © Quinn Dombrowski

Beer Selection © Quinn Dombrowski