The situation with the social scene in the city is akin to that of the activities or the restaurants. Regardless of what you’re after, you’re sure to find something to suit. Those of you looking for a quiet night out have a host of pubs to choose from where you can quite happily sit by an open fire and swap traveller’s tales long into the night. For the more energetic among you, however, check out the number of nightclubs on offer where you might not be hear your fellow traveller’s tales but you can certainly get to see how they handle themselves on the dance floor – and that’s always important too.
For some more traditional entertainment, however, check out the Maori Concert and Feast on Memorial Street. Including a traditional greeting, a Maori group dressed in the traditional gear, a Hangi meal, live entertainment which includes audience participation and much more, this is an excellent way to spend the three hours which it lasts. And it finishes at about 10.00pm which leaves those of you suffering withdrawal systems with plenty of time to go back to the pub.
Finally, for those of you wondering what the best time of year to visit the city from an entertainment point of view, wonder no more. The Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off in mid July every year lasting for nine days only and throughout its duration the city is taken over by thousands of revellers. The biggest celebration of its kind in the southern hemisphere, primarily it is a sporting festival but when did you ever let that stop you before? With live performances or a party somewhere every night it doesn’t get much more entertaining than this particular festival.
27 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
A bar, diner and club in one this is the most popular nightspot in the city. Playing host to weekly foam parties and general mayhem don’t leave Queenstown without checking this one out.
14 Rees Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
The southern most Irish pub in the world, this place is alive and kicking every night of the week. Traditional live music, a wonderful restaurant with lakeside dining and a host of Irish beers on tap combine to guarantee a good night out.
54 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
One of the most popular clubs in the city, the Casbah has a different promotion or event on nightly as well as a much loved happy hour ensuring that it constantly draws a crowd. Entry is cheap too never reaching more than $2.
48 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Bar and restaurant in one venue serving typical Kiwi food and drink. Also has a happy hour between 7.00 and 8.00pm nightly and a very popular beer garden in summer.
Cow Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
Especially popular in winter thanks to its big open fireplace, this is a slightly more upmarket establishment with an intimate and friendly atmosphere.
Cow Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
Small but very popular specialty bar, this place is favoured by younger city residents and visitors. Live music on Wednesdays and with retro music playing at all other times, the sixties theme adds greatly to this bar.
19 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Typical English pub attracting tourists and locals alike with a wonderful outdoor seating area, the Garden bar serving excellent lunches and a happy hour daily.
1 Memorial Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
For a night with a difference this comes highly recommended. A traditional buffet style Maori meal accompanied by plenty of alcohol and entertainment – what more could you possibly want?
The Mall, Queenstown, New Zealand
With live music nightly and no cover charge as well as a bar and café which opens at 10.00am this place is now somewhat of a Queenstown institution and after one visit you’ll soon see why.
47 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
This venue is a particular favourite of all the adrenaline junkies who visit the area so why not get together with some of them and exchange adventure tales, if you can hear them over the music that is.