Top Foodie Picks Best Cocktail Spots in Christchurch

Explore Christchurch’s vibrant nightlife with our guide to the best cocktail spots in the city.

The Poplar Social Club

6 Poplar St, Christchurch Central

Open Wed - Sun: 5pm -3am

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Poplar Social Club are completely dedicated to the intricate craft of the cocktail in a cosy speakeasy-style lounge. If you are feeling indecisive - not to worry! Spin the Wheel and the cocktail maestros will mix you something to shake up your usual repertoire.

MUST TRY

The Pavlova Sour. 42 Below Kiwifruit, lime, honey, Vanilla and egg white. Brule the top and stack whatever fruits in the fridge as garnish. Kiwis favourite dessert as a drink. Sweet as!

Call to make a booking: 03-943 7831

Photo credit The Poplar Social Club

Madam Woo

255 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central

Open 7 days: 11am - late 

WHY WE LOVE IT

Filled with amazing street art and sassy styles - we love the atmosphere at Madam Woo. Amazing food and equally amazing cocktails make it the go to for a great cocktail in Christchurch. 

MUST TRY

The Singapore Sling is the perfect combo of Gin, cherry, benedictine, Cointreau, lime & bitters - so refreshing! 

Call to make a booking: 03-260 1240

Photo credit @madamwoonz [Instagram]

The Dirty Land

131 Victoria St, Christchurch Central

Open 7 days: 4pm - 3am

WHY WE LOVE IT

Located on the vibrant Victoria Street, The Dirty Land, a classy bar with moody lighting and deep warm hues, that is the place to go to find high spirits and lively patrons. As well as their selection of imported beers, they have a fantastic cocktail menu - and amazing Mexican food delivered straight from Mexicanos next door! What is not to love?

MUST TRY

Caipirinha - Cachaça, fresh lime and palm sugar served over cracked ice and garnished with dehydrated lime snaps - not a bad wee tipple! 

Call to make a booking: 03-365 5340 

Photo credit The Dirty Land

Dux Central

6 Poplar St, Christchurch Central

Open 7 days: 11am - 3am

WHY WE LOVE IT

Dux Central is a go to location on Poplar Lane, central city. This relaxed yet stylish restaurant is the best spot to meet up with friends to enjoy great kai and drinks- not to mention the ability to people watch from the deck.

MUST TRY

'The Emerald Room" - this cocktail is filled with white Rum, lime juice, mint apple syrup & sparkling wine. With citrus,minty and apple undertones and a sparkling finish this cocktail is a great summer classic.

Call to make a booking: 03-943 7830

Photo credit Dux Central

Boo Radley's 

98 Victoria St, Christchurch Central

Open 7 days: 4pm - 3am

WHY WE LOVE IT

From the live music to the plush booth seating, this bar is class - and a great night out.  It's Southern US-themed without being over the top and delivers both food and cocktails (with a solid wine list to match). Boo's is a great spot for a laid back evening with friends.  

MUST TRY

"Grown-up Milkshake" - Pockets pick is the White Chocolate & Strawberry shake- made from French Strawberry Liqueur, Chambord, white choc shavings & vanilla ice cream, topped with frozen berries - yum!

Call to make a booking: 03-366 9906

Photo credit @boo_Radleys [Instagram]
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