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Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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  The prohibition is over with the opening of the slinky, speakeasy cool of O.G.B Bar & Café resplendently housed in the grand, sandstone glory of the iconic, heritage-listed Old Government Building (see what they did there?) that’s perched on the corner of Cathedral Square. Welcoming you with the mint, Bugsy Malone-style Austin out front, O.G.B is perfectly-placed and tricked out for a sophisticated snifter, late night bite, brekkie (from 6.30am) or bowling up to the Square’s only window bar, where retro-hip bar staff rocking suspenders and bowlers dispense classic cocktails, an international round-up of tap beers (Japan, Denmark, Czech Republic and, a little closer to home, Amberley) and bottled craft beers, Kiwi wines (alongside a few Aussie imports), French bubbles, and an intriguing selection of ‘interesting reds’ ideal for exploring over the colder months. Resplendent in retro-cool with swag for days, the dark wood interior beyond the funky green...
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With entry via off-the-hook samurai sword door handles, you just know that what’s behind Empire’s spanking new doors is going to be on the razor’s edge of cool. Having mercilessly teased us for months with its classy exterior of grey stone, darkened windows and molten neon signage, last night’s VIP reveal could have registered on the Richter scale with the number of jaws hitting the floor as guests entered what is destined to become one of the city’s favourite after dark haunts. Completing their trifecta of St Asaph Street hotspots, the team behind Baretta and The Cuban bring us a classic, regal taste of Japan with their scorching new entry into the hospo scene. Precision pimped with Geisha elegance, Empire is dark and cavernous with nods to Japanese refinement through well-appointed artefacts. A series of intimate booths flank the wall, jewelled with an inferno of glistening red tiles. Behind the...
Cityscape Parties & Venues
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With a drinks menu boasting over 100 rums and 70 crafted cocktails, you can be transported to South America at Casa Publica - the latest bar and restaurant to open in the central city (Cnr of Armagh and New Regent Streets, in the old Flying Burrito Brothers building). Open seven days from 3pm until late, Casa Publica oozes glamour with its intimate booths and oh-so sexy lighting. It’s the second hospitality hub for James Murdoch (Carlton Bar) that will also provide live music every night. So grab a couple of friends, find a booth and enjoy the atmosphere, the thirst-quenching assistance of the expert bartenders, and the menu's rustic small plates, which are ideal for sharing…or not!   www.casapublica.co.nz...
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There’s sense of occasion as you ascend the darkened stairs to Christchurch’s own love letter to the final frontier. Futuristic, sleek and slick, Stellar Restaurant & Bar literally takes fine dining in the city to new heights, perched atop 235 Riccarton Road. Combining an impressive menu with an open and airy dining room with a funky space-age fit out, it’s a venue designed to have its guests seeing stars (and not the faded, Shortland Street variety) with its out-of-this-world offering.Stellar fuses contemporary European fare with a Kiwi edge with a spectacular view of the night sky courtesy of the funky moon roof, and an onsite telescope(!) allows those interested to do some more serious stargazing. But it’s not all about night dining; in contrast, by day, with this many windows, the restaurant becomes a sun-drenched haven where a delicious respite via their legendary high-tea can be enjoyed on the balcony...
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It may be opening night, but things are already humming at new bar and restaurant Gas Monkey when Cityscape makes its way down to The Palms Arena to scope things out. Our eye is immediately caught by the King Kong-themed fish tank (and old gas heaters neatly repurposed as bar lighting); but cinema’s most famous simian is merely one of hundreds of his brethren in the warm, welcoming fit out – monkeys (and to get technical, apes) teem throughout the joint as sculptures, images and quirky objet d’art. They’re all over the menu, too (on the menu, but not on the menu – calm down, PETA), directing us to the wide range of tastiness available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The conveniently compartmentalised food list offers a robust selection of burgers (pulled pork – yes please), and there’s even a devoted milkshake section for aficionados, including the magnificent creation that...
Cityscape The Drinks List
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Cityscape talks to some of the city’s brewing craftspeople about the reasons for the craft beer boom, their motivations, and a few of their drops to watch out for. Jumped on the craft beer/boutique beer appreciation train yet? With the number of craft breweries in the country increasing from just 3 around 1980 to closer to 80 today, it’s fair to say our beer horizons have massively expanded, and with increasing numbers of bustling brew-pubs, beer-focussed bars/cafes/restaurants, boutique beer stores and local craft breweries popping up, Christchurch might just be getting ideas about giving Wellington and Nelson run for their money in the contest to be the nation’s craft beer capital. Local brewers all agree that New Zealand is part of a worldwide surge of interest in craft beer at present, perhaps spurred on in particular locally by the sense that there’s a bit of catching up to do. “I think...
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Anyone serious about their dining and drinking will have already spent some major time trawling Christchurch’s über nightlife hotspot, putting in some quality hours at the likes of Smash Palace, Carlton (not technically in Victoria St, but well within range), Cruz Bar, King of Snake, Mexicano’s, Tequila Mockingbird, Harlequin Public House (just out of the Victoria St line on the corner of Salisbury and Montreal Streets), and Mashina Lounge. Bar and restaurant owners aren't content to rest on their laurels, though – the options for your night out along Vic Street just keep increasing. The reborn The Bog is now back on the scene (after its quake-imposed hiatus) bigger and better than ever, joining the cocktail-cool of The Dirty Land from Tony Astle. Mr Astle is also set to re-open his pre-quake Thai favourite Chinwag, again down – you guessed it – Victoria Street. Getting from one end of this inner-city hospitality highway to the other in just one evening is...
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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...
Cityscape Explore
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  The hippest way to navigate Christchurch has landed! Spreading the love of our fair city, City Map Christchurch Here & Now Spring/Summer 2013/14 is the ultimate, on-the-ground free guide for fearless adventurers looking to explore and experience the very best Christchurch has to offer. The local’s guide to the nitty-gritty on what’s hot and happening in the city, City Map is also the must-have guide for visitors who want to go beyond a formulaic checklist of Christchurch visitor attractions and taste the best of real life in the city. Bursting with information on, and locations for, nearly 100 of Christchurch’s best dining, fashion, beauty, and shopping options, City Map is still svelte enough to fit conveniently into purse or pocket. Make sure you keep an eye out for the City Map display stands when you’re out and about, grab your free copy and start living large....
New in town Fav Places
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You've got to love all the new bars and restaurants opening up all over Christchurch. From old favourites reinvented to brand-new finds, there are plenty of new places to explore this summer. The sun-soaked terrace and Art Deco bar are the perfect stage for savouring CBD Bar’s very own brews – and wood-fired pizza. Grab a bite at C1 and catch a film at new art-house cinema Alice’s Cinematheque at Alice in Videoland. On the corner of Holmwood Road and Rossall Street, a new complex houses The Preservatory Delicatessen, Le Panier Boulangerie, The Cook Shop and Flowers on Holmwood. New restaurant Chillingworth Road is part of the exciting new line-up at the top end of Cranford Street and boasts a cook school, cook shop and dining spaces for day and night – the aim is to create ‘theatre with food’ and we reckon they’ve succeeded handsomely! Burgers & Beers Inc. has...