THE DIRTY LAND
Christchurch bar-tsar Tony Astle’s latest offering along the city’s hottest party scene that is Victoria Street fuses a dark, broody aesthetic with an industrial edge and the effortless flair of another meticulously-crafted den of cool.
You’ll find The Dirty Land’s interior awash with heavy red curtains, exposed brick walls, tactile wallpaper and moody lighting, care of guttering candles and some seriously covetable fixtures hanging under a gnarly, pressed ceiling. It’s like walking on the set of a David Lynch movie, only better – because you're there, and perusing a swanky cocktail list that rounds out an impressive and imaginative drinks menu.
It goes without saying the drinks are killer; those with a taste for the bittersweet should tap the twist-on-a-classic that is the TDL Negroni, while the Blood Passion’s lacing of Belvedere vodka with passionfruit and blood orange makes for some primo drinking. Feeling adventurous? Check out the Guest Cocktail, a weekly offering from the friendly, black-clad (natch) alchemists rocking the bar.
Framed Day of the Dead art links the venue's lineage with neighbouring sibling venue Mexicano’s – which provides the eats (via a pared-back menu), while the beats are kept low-key, allowing for easy conversation into the small hours.
03 365 5340
131 Victoria Street, Christchurch