Just the Tonic
The SOMO district continues to blossom with the arrival of Town Tonic, the latest offering from the folks behind Passengers & Co and Taste Events / The Christchurch Farmers’ Market. Slotted neatly into the bottom floor of the new Moore Stephens Markhams building on the corner of Lincoln Road and Bernard Street, Town Tonic paints a picture of sleek modern cool and meticulous precision with its clean lines and dark wood and fabrics, gleaming black tiles, and a splash of lime to set things off.
If you’re peckish you can tuck into some of their sophisticated, elegantly-constructed sharing plates (the Grecian charms of their braised lamb shoulder with green olive, pistachio, tabbouleh and yoghurt is the Cityscape favourite), but the bar is reason enough to visit on its own. You’ll find a choice range of boutique beers (and cider) on tap (and in bottles), as well as an excellent selection of New Zealand wines, and the staff also know their way around a cocktail shaker. With AMI Stadium just up the road in one direction and the Court Theatre just around the corner in the other, it’s the perfect place to drop in for a pre- or post-show or game drink, or drop in for a classier-than-usual nibble with your after-work drinks.
335 Lincoln Road
021 0853 0539
Open: Monday to Friday 7.30am till late, Saturday 11am till late