As is the case when dining out in Christchurch, there seem to pubs to suit all tastes. From wine bars to English and Irish style pubs, and from the cheap backpacker frequented bars to ritzy, up-market clubs, Christchurch has it all. Christchurch’s most lively area is in the vicinity of the Bridge of Remembrance, which is where Oxford Terrace intersects with the Cashel Mall. Most people head to this area after filling up at their favourite bar or café first. If your interests are in something a little more seedy, head to the other end of the mall, and Lichfield Street, where Polynesian techno and hip-hop clubs dominate, this area would be the closest Christchurch has to a red-light district, and would best not be ventured into alone.
794 Colombo Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Average price: NZ$10
Although this establishment would correctly be classified as a pub, it’s quality, oversized, cheap meals, make it a fantastic place to eat for the traveler, and local alike. It opens at 6.30 am till midnight, and offers a huge English breakfast.
88 Cashel Street Mall, Christchurch, New Zealand
Café Bleu is a very popular café/late night bar; get there early to avoid the queue. It is usually full to the brim with young, well-dressed people, so drink prices may also be on the expensive side, though a fun venue with dance music and DJ’s.
82 Cashel Street Mall, Christchurch, New Zealand
A very popular Irish bar that stays open late on weekends. Serving all the famous Irish beers and stouts on tab and in bottles, The Bog is great place to have a big night out or a quiet, relaxing pint after work.
Corner Hereford & Montreal Streets, Christchurch, New Zealand
They have an in-house brewery making some excellent ales, including a rather tasty alcoholic ginger beer - Ginger Tom. In the summer they have a big beer garden which fills quickly. They also have many live music acts, which are free four nights a week, and shows by some big name New Zealand acts. The Dux de Lux is one of the most popular venues in Christchurch.
85 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
An open-fronted bar that becomes increasingly clubby as the night wears on, purveying mainstream techno and chart sounds to a youthful clientele.
208 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Hidden within the Occidental backpackers Hostel, Chat’s Bar is a favourite place for backpackers to gather, drink cheaply, and stumble up to their room. Pints of beer are $2.50 and a barbeque roast is supplied for between $4 and $6.
85A Hereford St, Christchurch, New Zealand
This token Irish bar has all the trimmings you'd expect in an Irish bar such as signposts and old whisky signs. While it is packed with kitsch, it is one of the best places to catch live music in Christchurch and live bands play most nights.
Open daily from 4pm-close.