A club and bar for packpackers. This big place situated on the first floor have a couple of sections; one for dancing and drinking, and another for drinking and playing pool.
Here you'll find people from the 20s to the 30s. A good mix.
A must try here is the tea pot. I had the long island ice tea version and got some shot glasses as well. A fun way to start the evening.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Here people walk around in shorts while others are dressed casually.
We started out most nights at Buffalo Club because our hostel had a deal with them that if we showed them our room key we would get buy one get one free on beers and I believe some well liquor drinks. The place has a fire going and is a decent place to be, but still number 3 on my list behind World Bar and altitude. If you are looking for a more laid back night, then Buffalo club might be right for you.
It doesn't look like much during the day, but at night Altitude opens up and is one of the best bars to be at. Close to my personal favorite, World Bar, this bar is a little bit better for dancing and meeting people on the dance floor. It is however very hot and you will get sweaty.
Dress Code: None
Its 2008 and the World Bar is still the place to go on a Friday or Saturday night. This place is awesome, so many people from all over the world and so easy to meet coeds. I had a blast here, worth the trip to Queenstown by itself. I would dare say the best bar on the South Island if not all of New Zealand.
Dress Code: No dress code which is awesome if you are an American like myself and not used to the ridiculous dress codes found overseas.
This was the best bar in Queenstown by far! Everyone is here most nights.. its just a great drinking spot. Plus they do the best pizzas on earth!!! If you go you have to definately order a pizza. You wont regret it.
The Mini Bar was recommended to us by a local in the Alta ski shop. When she said it has over a hundred beers from around the world, I knew it was my best chance to find a pint of Hoegaarden ( A wheat beer from Belgium, almost impossible to find outside of Europe). When we asked the bartender “do you have any Hoegaarden?” and he replied “Original, Grand Cru, or Forbidden Fruit?” I nearly fainted.
I must visit while out on the town in Queenstown. Try the Hoegaarden! (Original)
The other casino is Wharf Casino located in the Steamer Wharf building.
It is smallercompared to the Sky Alpine Casino but offers the usual table games such as Poker, Roulette, Backjack, and baccarat. Fun wheel and jackpot machines are also available.
Look out for the cupon where you could get 1 drink free when you purchase another.
We were just in time to celebrate the anniversary of Sky Alpine Casino.
We were asked for our passport to check our ages before we were allowed into the Casino.
The Casino gave each patron a picec of cake and a glass of champagne.
The Sky Alpine Casino is located in the hear of Queenstown. There were tables opened where you could get a lesson on table games without having to come out with any money.
You may also choose from many gaming machines and try hitting the jackpot.
loads of bars...the best being The World...heaving with backpackers!!!!! winnie bagoes is good too!
in 2005, i went to the World again.....great to go back and remember from 4 years before-still a hapening venue!
Winnie Bagoes is still popular, and in happy hour between 10-12, they do $2 beers which is a bargain!
Red Rock pub is good for a few pints and food.
Buffalo's is another good pub at night.
I love queenstown!
Enjoy traditional Maori food and other dishes in buffet style. Watch the exciting & enchanting Maori show - melodious songs and traditional Poi and Haka. You'll be invited to participate in some of these traditional performances. Great fun!
Great to enjoy the unique Maori culture of Aotearoa, feasting, fun and laughter all under one roof!
Feast: 7 - 8:30pm
Concert: 8:30 - 9:30pm
Again, a difficult place to find, but well worth it!
This was perhaps the best bar on the whole South Island. That's all it is--a bar. No food, only drinks, and heaps of grown-ups out to have a good time. Both times I went, there were no teenagers and the music wasn't too loud so that you couldn't have a conversation. The employees were friendly, and even remembered my drink exactly how I liked it.
Dress Code: None.
For a bout of ppl watching and plenty of drinks - this is a nice place to chill out with comfy sofa's and lots of good music - and the latest music videos on the big screen .. worth a drink or 2 to check out the scene.
Dress Code: Casual - no dress code
5 Below is a an ice bar (one of very few in the world). The cost of admission was $25NZD for a 1/2 hour and includes one drink. It seemed a bit pricey but it was well worth it (especially since the drinks are $12 inside anyway). The music was great and everyone inside was pretty excited to be there. Most of the patrons are tourists and generally very friendly.
Dress Code: It doesn't matter what you're wearing because you'll end up wearing the same thing as everyone else. You will be provided with a hooded coat and gloves with plastic mittens on top. It is kind of overkill...it's really not that cold in there -5 C but you won't be sweating either.
While we were getting dressed in our gear most of us chit-chatted about where we had been, where we were from, etc. When we told everyone we were Canadian...they had a nice chuckle, "I guess this is nothing for you".
When all the other bars are winding down, the World Bar is just heating up. Its got great music and a fun atmophere. It suits everyone - from a huge bar to saddle up to and people watch to a dance floor for those who've had a few too many (that includes me :)
Order a teapot and share it with some new friends..
Dress Code: Jeans and teashirt are required.
My favourite spot for a night out. Always crowded with lots of people, mainly backpackers. Various types of popular music are being played, from Rock to Dance and R&B.
The most striking thing about the place is the roof: from time to time it's being opened up to cool the place and the people down. And not just in summer time when the weather is sweet and dry...(I was there in the middle of the winter and even when it was raining they opened the roof a couple of times a night).
Tip: bring your ID, cause they can be quite strict.