Nightclubs and bars in Christchurch

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    Ministry: Ministry

    by fishandchips Updated Jul 12, 2011

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    The Ministry has now gone! Building was ruined on or about 22 Feb 2011 and has since been demolished.

    Ministry, located in Lichfield St, has been at the forefront of the nightclub scene for quite some time. With a mix of local and internal DJ acts the place normally goes off most weekends. It is quite a large place once you are inside and after around 1pm the place is jam packed with party people - generally a bit on the young side depending on the music being played.

    Most of the time there is no cover charge however if there is an international act expect to pay up to $15 to get in the door. As is normal with nightclubs, buying drinks is more expensive than your local boozer so be prepared to pay a little more. It's open from 10pm to 6am.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Pegasus Arms: Pegasus Arms

    by fishandchips Written Jul 12, 2011

    The Pegasus is now my local after quite a bit of moving about through the recent Quake action. The Pegasus is the oldest remaining residential building existing within the four avenues, dating back to 1851. Originally it was a merchant's house and was also home to Albion Wright's printers and later Pegasus Press - where the Pub gets its name from. Pegasus Press is famous for publishing Kiwi legends of Janet Frame and ARD Fairburn. The pub has been a haunt of mine for many years and has a really nice warm feel to it. There is a beer garden to the rear and a permanent marquee, which is also available for hire for private functions.

    If you ever visited the Bard or Vespa, the owners (Bill and Alex) will be familiar to you. They had on their menu CCG (chips, cheese & gravy) which sounds bad but is really really good - especially with a pint of your favourite beer.

    Dress Code: It's casual dress code with Bill & Alex not too worried about how you look!

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    From the Arts Centre to different locations: Scared Scriptless comedy show

    by Kakapo2 Written Mar 27, 2011

    Update March 2011

    The Court Jesters who perform the fabulous Scared Scriptless show are back. They had a break after the February earthquake, as the Court Theatre at the Arts Centre has been damaged and is not accessible anymore.

    As long as they are not able to return to the Court Theatre, they perform at different locations and at different times.

    Please check the details out on the website or on their Facebook site which is linked on their website.



    Let me recommend you something "cultural" and very funny. Every Friday at 10pm - yes, really, 10pm! - they have the Scared Scriptless comedy show at the Court Theatre (at the Arts Centre, entrance on Worcester Bvd). The show is always different, as the Court Jesters only have a skeletal programme, and the spectators are heavily involved in the show, give the actors the key words and ideas, and they have to fully improvise. It really is hilarious.

    Tickets cost NZ$ 15 only.

    For bookings call (03) 963 0870
    or go to: www.courttheatre.org.nz

    The comedians also have a website: www.courtjesters.co.nz

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    SOL Square: A spectacular Hospitality Precint

    by Kakapo2 Written Feb 7, 2010

    If I found the photo I had taken on a night outing, I could even show you how SOL Square looks like... (I suspect it is on an external hard drive, and surely on the one which is downstairs at the moment...)

    They claim they are the hottest hospitality precint in Christchurch - and they are probably right. Although... I think it is more relaxed to hang out at The Strip along the Avon with its nice outdoor views on a hot summer's night.

    SOL Square is like a huge party square, surrounded by pubs, bistros and clubs, with wonderful lighting at night. You can fall from one bar into the other - and this is what usually happens the later it gets. People falling over, with more and more women too drunken to stand upright or even on their feet. As long as they are not and do not spoil your evening you can enjoy the fabulous atmosphere which I find especially nice when sitting on one of the upper storey decks or balconies overlooking the square.

    Some restaurants and pubs facing Lichfield Street are also part of the SOL Square buzz, for example the excellent MU Steakhouse and His Lordships. Even a gallery is there, if you need some cultural inspiration ;-)

    SOL stands for: South of Lichfield, meaning: South of Lichfield Street, between Colombo and Manchester Streets.

    It is easy to reach from the Lichfield Street exit of the Bus Exchange which should make the decision even easier to leave the car at home or at your accommodation. You just have to cross Lichfield Street, and get into the precint through one of the small lanes, best through His Lordships Lane.

    I think SOL Square is about the best example of city revival, created by a now struggling developer who has also built the SO Hotel and Living Space.

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    The Tap Room: Monteith's on Tap...

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 2, 2008

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    Although I am not known for my partying ways now that I have reached my 30's, I do on occassion have the opportunity to sample a few decent adult beverages. One of the places I did sample such beverage choices was at The Tap Room in Christchurch. Although we were primarilly there for the happy hour special on the grill (see restaurants), they were serving up Monteith's brew. As we would leave the nights we were there, it was clear that the crowd picked up, so I am sure this a place to be in ChCh.

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    Open 7 Days a week
    10am – late

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  • Cruz Bar: Funky Club

    by JordanH Written Feb 21, 2007

    The Cruz Bar is a gay club (though str8 people do go there) and it is cool. It doesnt kick off early but after 11pm it starts getting good. The people are super friendly (especially the staff) and make you feel so welcome. I had quite a few people chat to me and met some cool people (guys and girls) who were there to drink, dance and have a good time.

    Dress Code: Ummm i think you could wear almost anything - but i would suggest some funky jeans with a polo and some cool shoes.

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    Bard on Avon: Old English Pub

    by fishandchips Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    The Bard is an old English style pub serving a wide range of ales, stouts and beers with a few meal options including bangers & mash. There are plenty of tap beers including my poison - Monteiths Original. It is very popular with locals and visitors.

    Live music is on Wednesday through Sunday and the big screen TV is always going - especially if there is an important Football (soccer) game on. Rugby & League also get a showing as does Cricket.

    Sunday night is quiz night with anyone welcome to create a team. A few odds & sods from Base backpackers etc form teams for the night in an attempt at a bit of fun and compete against local brainiacs.

    Dress Code: There is no specified dress code rule here so you can come very relaxed and casual. It's jeans & a tee shirt for me on Fridays which is my normal after work drink night.

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    The Strip: Bar Hopping

    by Kakapo2 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    The later the night the livelier The Strip gets. Nearly all restaurants on Oxford Terrace along the Avon River have bar service, loud music and dancing. So you could tick most of the "Appropriate Themes" mentioned in the Nightlife section.

    See more info about these places (and the food) in the Restaurant tips section.

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    Liquidity: Liquidity

    by fishandchips Updated Apr 10, 2006

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    Located on the Strip on Oxford Tce, Liqudity is an okay place to go for a big night out. Liquidity is a restaurant by day and house club by night. It has a good atmosphere and is well designed including the option of a quiet intimate drink in the booths. During the day the restaurant serves full meals, and at night a Tapas menu is available.

    Resident DJ Andy Pulzar also runs a local radio station, Pulzar FM, and he plays mainly House. He is a well regarded DJ so shouldn't disappoint.

    Dress Code: Smart Casual

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    Base: Base

    by fishandchips Updated Apr 10, 2006

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    Located in Struthers Lane (in the back streets off Lichfield & Manchester), Base is a very good spot to do some clubbing. Open until the wee hours you can normally expect a big night out at Base. At the upcoming Unity night Base will be the HQ for Hard Dance which should give you an idea of what to expect here.

    Base is open from 10pm to 7am

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Civic: Civic

    by fishandchips Written Apr 6, 2006

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    The Civic is located in the heart of Christchurch, incorporating Zinc bar, the Green Chamber (small function room) and The Civic Chamber. The front bar, Zinc, holds 200 people, and can be completely sealed or opened into the Civic Chamber through double doors. The Green Chamber on the opposite side of the building holds 100. The main room holds up to 1000, which is the maximum capacity of the entire venue. This location are actually the old Council Civic chambers. The scene here is mainly dance with its many varieties - I tend to go when it's D&B night. Lots of fun.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Eye Spy: Late Night Escapades

    by fishandchips Written Mar 12, 2006

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    Located on Lichfield St near the corner of Colombo, Eye Spy is one of the better places to hang out if you are into the Dance House scene. With live DJs mixing until late Eye Spy is a good spot for a big night on the dance floor. Drinks are priced a fraction high but this is most likely to keep the customers at the level that Eye Spy is after.

    Dress Code: This is more of a dressy night-club and the bouncers will not let you in if you dress down too much or are intoxicated.

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    North of the Square on Colombo St: Many places to Eat

    by fishandchips Written Oct 13, 2005

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    North of the Square and over the River is a small area with many restaurants and cafes. There is a good assortment of styles, flavours and ethnicities so should be somewhere that you like to stop and eat.

    Dress Code: Mostly casual.

    Food stops down Colombo St
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    The Strip (all the bars along Oxford Terrace).: When to go nightclubbing in Christchurch.

    by vic&michael Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Don' t go clubbing on any day except Friday and Saturday (or else there will be no one else dancing except for you). And, also, the clubs don't really get going until after 11pm (if you're there for a dance). If you're just there for drinks, then, sure, go anytime! Oxford Terrace 'The Strip' is usually the popular place to go. However, I must warn you, drinking is legal here at 18 years old, so there is a prolific amount of 'skanks' (teenage girls with bleached blonde hair and much regrowth, wearing tight white pants, or in general, clothing that is waaay to tight for their own skin to stay inside, so you see many bulges) and also there are many desperate 'mutton dressed as lamb' (30-something year old ladies who are trying to recapture their teen years, and maybe a teenaged boy) also, many drunk and disgusting men (which you find in bars everywhere anyway). So, I must say, the nightlife in Christchurch does not impress me, but it is something that only teenagers or 1st and 2nd year University students go and do coz it's cool and new at that age.

    Dress Code: It probably depends on what bar you go to.
    This goes for men and women, don't wear light coloured jeans or sneakers!
    Women can get away with wearing dressy dark coloured jeans and sandals. Men can probably get into casual bars with dark coloured jeans too (but don't bet on it). Oh, and men, make sure if you are wearing jeans, that the bottoms are not ripped.

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    Sticky Fingers: Late Night Party

    by travelteacher Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    This place was absolutely fabulous both nights I hung out there! The first time I was there on a weekend, and it was packed with all sorts of locals and tourists. The second time it was a week night, and although it was much more mellow, the vibe was still good.

    The wait staff was VERY attentive at the bar; and although I never actually ate there, the presentation of the food going to the tables was nice.

    Dress Code: I don't think so.

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