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Expect the return of languorous, sunny summer arvo sessions in the city following the opening of Dux Central on the 16th of September. Reborn on the old Twisted Hop site in Poplar Lane, Dux De Lux redux Dux Central combines the elements of its much-missed predecessor with a few new aces it has up its sleeve. The four-bar venue comprises Dux De Lux replacement Brew Bar, an earthy, London-esque craft beer-topia that features a sunny courtyard and timber bar where you’ll find old favourites like Black Shag and Ginger Tom on tap – and they’re just part of a bodacious selection (175 to be exact) of craft beers stocking an expansive, three-storied beer fridge (some top shelf entries crack the $70 mark!).  Next door, swank sophistication reigns supreme at the Emerald Room, where jewel tones, black and gold and slick feature wallpapering all ups the city’s overall wine-bar-glam levels –...
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Image: Andre Glynn Photography Flanked by a towering cigar chomping, steel-eyed possible dictator or cartel runner mural on one wall and a stunning, tangerine "April Sun in Cuba"-style panorama on the opposite one, it’s clear we’re not in Christchurch anymore.With the aim of bringing a slice of Havana to the central city, the team behind Baretta have not only hit one out of the park with their spanking new cabana of cool that is The Cuban, but also seriously upped St Asaph Street’s swag in the process.The next level transformation of the now unrecognisable former St Asaph Street Kitchen & Stray Dog Bar features an epic covered courtyard studded with stand-around gas fire-cum-bar leaners for brisk winter arvos and evenings, with the option of raising the roof (or retracting, if we’re being technically correct) for hot spring/summer nights.Nailing effortless hip, a chunky ol’ skool wooden bar that could be straight...
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Looking to get your Flintstones on, cooking a slab of meat to your liking on a scorching hunk of rock? Then you can’t go past spending a winter’s afternoon or evening stone-grilling your heart out fireside in the comfy surrounds of Belfast’s Styx and Stone. Think leather couches and a cosy/moody ambience, peppered with antiques (ramping up the nostalgic funk), while Monteiths on tap and stellar Kiwi wines are available alongside a glittering display of top shelf tipples. Hit them up on the weekend when the tables are moved after the dinner service to make way for the dance floor and the party really gets started – yabba dabba doo! www.styxandstone.co.nz...
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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...
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It's a chilly Friday night – the kind when it's all too tempting to go straight home after work and curl up in front of the fire – but instead we're heading to Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar. The spot on Worcester Boulevard opposite the Art Gallery is hemmed in by road works, so it's a surprise to push open the door and find the restaurant packed full and buzzing. Ensconced in a cosy booth, surrounded by smart-casual décor hinting at a Euro bistro with its glass wall and cane furniture in the conservatory, the appeal quickly becomes evident – and that's before start eating! Faced with a list of starters and tasters so tempting that we are at a loss to choose, we seek the advice of our waiter and soon find ourselves grazing on scallops and the famous F.F.C. – Fiddlesticks Fried Chicken – crunchy morsels of goodness that put...
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It may be winter, but Christchurch's regrowth continues regardless! There's lots of exciting brand new and upcoming ventures popping up around our city, all fresher than a July southerly. Among them are both some familiar names to happily welcome back and some exciting newcomers to go and fall in love with. As the Cityscape Winter 2013 edition goes to print, new Italian bar and restaurant Baretta is opening its doors to reveal a piece of Italy at this sure-fire St Asaph Street hot spot. Our new issue deadline also falls on the much-awaited return of pizza legends Winnie Bagoes to the central city – two-and-a-half years is far too long to go between having a Winnie's pizza inside the Four Avenues if you ask us! We’re loving the new brick, lived-in aesthetic and can’t wait for mid-July. On Gloucester Street we welcome back Asian favourite Sampan House and are looking forward...