What to do for one night in Christchurch, New Zealand

Do you find yourself in Christchurch for just a single night, and not sure what to do? This is the ideal place to figure that out. Here we’ve culled the pearls of entertainment that the garden city has to offer for you to pick and choose from. Whether you’re looking for a place to get some well-brewed caffeine into the bloodstream, a tasty meal, a club to drink, dance and party, or just want to spend a quiet night relaxing in bed, Christchurch offers it all, folks, and then some!


Top 3 bars

  1. Tequila Mockingbird

Combining cuisines from South America and the Caribbean, Tequila Mockingbird’s menu of contemporary Latin food and drink is sure to please the palette. With an extensive liquor and cocktail menu, capturing the essence of Rio and Havana, the establishment is complemented by a comprehensive list of Latin American wines and beers as well. In addition, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served here, with weekend brunch options to boot. The tapas and churros are highly recommended.


Address: Tequila Mockingbird, 98 Victoria St, Christchurch, New Zealand

Opening times: Closed.

Website: www.tequiamockingbird.co.nz

Phone number: +64 3-365 8565

Tequila Mockingbird



  1. Darkroom

The first bar to reopen after the devastating February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, which caused most venues in the city to close, Darkroom has a large selection of spirits, provides a choice of four ales rotating on hand pump taps, and around 40 local bottled craft beers. This bar also happens to be one of Christchurch’s biggest music and entertainment venues, regularly hosting comedy, theatre and music events featuring both local as well as international artists.


Address: 336 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011,

Opening times: Wednesday-Saturday5pm-1am

Website: www.darkroom.bar

Phone number: +64 3-974 2425





  1. The Last Word

The Last Word is located in Christchurch’s iconic Regent Street, on the perimeter of the Isaac Royal Theatre. A whiskey and cocktail bar, it is fortunate to still be in its original location after enduring the 2011 earthquake. A classy establishment, it offers in excess of 200 different types of whiskey. So get ready all cocktail lovers and whiskey connoisseurs: this is the place for you.

Address: The Last Word, 31 New Regent St.Christchurch

Opening times: Monday-Friday4pm-2am

Website: www.lastword.co.nz

Phone Number: +64 3 377 9464


The Last Word



Where to party

  1. Déjà vu Club

Formerly the Cotton Club, the Déjà Vu is the ideal place to go to for a night out in Christchurch. Stocked with eleven arcades and nine VIP booths, shows of different varieties, world class DJs and their famed customer service, the Déjà Vu club will certainly meet your expectations. So come on over with your crew and lose yourselves in the beat of great music from a state of the art sound system.


Address: 32 Allen Street, 8011 Christchurch, New Zealand

Opening times: 8pm-3am

Website: https://www.dejavuclub.co.nz

Telephone: +64 3-421 7638


Deja Vu Club


  1. Base bar and nightclub

Another wonderful venue for your night out, Base bar and nightclub also possesses state of the art sound systems, excellent food and drink, and plays host to both new and established DJs. It operates a fine laser show, consists of one main venue and two more intimate lounges, and two giant screens which showcase spectacular visuals.

However, Base Nightclub has been affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and is currently closed. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones during this time.


Address: 92 Struthers Ln, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Opening times: Currently closed

Website: www.thebase.co.nz




Places to Eat


  1. Gustav’s kitchen and wine bar

If you’re interested in delicious food and wine, Gustav’s is the place for you. The warm and affable staff will make you feel right at home. Sit on large, comfortable leather chairs and feel free to ask for a taste of any wine you’re not familiar with. The food here is excellent; the walnut salad, schnitzel and desserts come highly recommended, as does the beer.


Address: 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand

Opening times: 11am-2am

Website: www.gustavs.co.nz

Telephone:  +64 3-389 5544


Gustav’s kitchen and wine bar



  1. Twenty-seven steps

This is fine dining at its best. A beautiful restaurant in the heart of Regent Street, Twenty-seven steps offers a small menu, but every item is worth its weight in gold (though you get to have it for a lot less!). The venison is stunning; the beef fillet melts in your mouth, and the drinks are as good as you will find anywhere else in the world. This place is remarkable for its consistency in maintaining very high standards.


Address: 16 New Regent Street, Christchurch 8011

Opening times: 5pm-12am

Website: www.twentysevensteps.co.nz

Telephone: +64 3-66 2727


Twenty-seven steps



  1. Dux Dine

Another restaurant with great customer service that consistently serves out quality food, Dux Dine is perhaps most highly recommended for those who are partial to vegetarian and seafood. The spanakopita, pizzas, and desserts are particularly delicious. However, be advised: make sure to make a booking before you go here. It’s usually quite busy, and there are difficulties in securing seats.

Address: 28 Riccardo Road Riccardo, Christchurch, New Zealand

Opening hours: 9am-9pm

Website: www.duxdine.co.nz

Telephone: +64 3-348 1436


Dux Dine



Where to chill & be cultured

  1. The Caffeine Laboratory

Although it closes in the afternoon, the Caffeine Laboratory makes it to our list because it’s simply that good. It is, as the name suggests, a great place to top up on your daily dose of caffeine. And the breakfast here is simply incredible. The poached eggs, chipotle bacon and blood pudding are to die for. If your pallet enjoys a little spice, the burger is a great choice.

Address: 1 New Regent Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Opening hours: Monday-Friday7am-4pm. Saturday & Sunday: 8am-4pm

Website: www.caffeinelab.co.nz

Telephone: +64 3-550 3600


The Caffeine Laboratory


  1. C1 Espresso

This is our most highly recommended cafe in Christchurch, and believe me, we’ve looked. Not does everything on the menu taste great, caffeine and food alike, but the food is moved around in pneumatic tubes, adding a unique and fascinating character to the establishment. The breakfast burrito and sliders are crowd favourites. The proprietors have done a great job since 1996, when they restored the cafe, after the original premises had collapsed in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Address: 185 High St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8142, New Zealand

Opening hours: 7am-10pm

Website: www.c1espresso.co.nz

Telephone: +64 3-379 1917


C1 Espresso


Where to stay

Hotel 115

With Cathedral square a stone’s throw away, and the tram passing by its front door, Hotel 115 is one characterful hotel. Independently owned, and fashioned after the boutique style hotels that one finds in major European cities, it is located in the heart of Christchurch, making it a great central location in which to base your stay. The hotel’s thirty-seven rooms are all different in size and character, but they all blend classical luxury with the modern setting.

Smaller in size, Hotel 115 is not impersonal as many larger hotels are, offering instead a homely vibe. There are four accommodation options on offer, tailored to suit both business and leisure travellers. Too tired for outdoors? Enjoy a massages and facial in the therapy room, and spend a comfy night in.

Address: 115 Worcester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Website: www.hotel115.co.nz

Telephone: +64 3-928 2434


Hotel 115



And there you have it: our carefully prepared list of venues for you to visit on your next visit to Christchurch. So if you’re in Christchurch for just a single night, or for a limited time only, anyone of these venues will suffice to make it worth your while. The friendly faces across the garden city will make you feel welcome. And you will definitely find something or other that is suited to your proclivities and interests. So come and let your hair down and get ready to have a load of fun!

August 22, 2017 by Denym Bird

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