Get excited: Strange's Lane launching in June
Still missing the late, lamented Cartel of pre-quake days? Us too. Hope blossoms though, with the creators of the His Lordship's Lane late-night legend nearing the sure-to-be-massive June launch of their new entertainment precinct in the heart of the city. Since Cartel, The Britomart Hospitality Group has established similar iconic venues in Auckland including 1885, The Britomart Country Club, Mexico, and Orleans. Now with their return to Christchurch, the boys from Britomart are set to offer an exciting new Christchurch playground for day or night – Strange's Lane.
Situated on the former Strange & Co Department Store site, in the eye-catching new building you've probably noticed on the corner of Lichfield and High Streets, Strange’s Lane bridges the gap between the past and the future. Odes to the original building’s industrial roots are evident in inspired architectural references, which lend a dynamic and convivial atmosphere to the precinct. At the entertainment epicentre lies a bohemian central bricked courtyard, its rough edges softened with lush greenery, which acts as lively hub for al fresco dining and a platform for live bands and DJs throughout the weekend.
Three distinct offerings come together in confluence in the new precinct: firstly, Orleans Christchurch, which looks set to stump up with the same impeccable style, service, and value that its big brother in Auckland has become famous for. Orleans Christchurch will offer up hearty creole cuisine (including crowd-pleasers such as the chicken waffle, pictured below), served with old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Bursting with high octane energy and down-to-earth charm, the rustic saloon imbues this lovable good-time spirit indicative of New Orleans culture.
Neighbouring cousin to Orleans, the Lower 9th Diner offers punters affordable eats, from fresh gourmet burgers to Alaskan crab. Early birds can get their first hit of espresso from 7am, and refuel with dine-in or takeaway meals throughout the day and into the early hours.
Occupying the former department store site, Strange & Co completes the triangle formed with Orleans and the Lower 9th Diner. In homage to its former life, Strange & Co strips down to its austere industrial roots on the ground floor, where the bar is accessible from a window from the central courtyard and from within. For those seeking respite from the crowds, below one can retire to the intimate mezzanine lounge for Moonshine Martinis and champagne.
It all sounds pretty spectacular and Cityscape can't wait to get down there and get into it. Keep an eye out for further news from us about the launch as it comes to hand!