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Cityscape Parties & Venues
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In a super funky hybrid of exclusive function space and killer shrine to all that’s holy in the world of Jim Beam, new Victoria Street addition Beam Gallery is the country’s undisputed mothership for bourbon aficionados. Showcasing Christchurch bourbon kingpin Frank van Schaijik’s epic, more-than-four-decade-spanning (and world-leading!) collection of Jim Beam decanters, memorabilia and collectibles, this is one jaw-droppin’ space to rock your next soirée, launch or corporate event. Passing through its unassuming entrance via near-life-size statues of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, visitors are greeted by glittering floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets running the length of the space along either wall. These proudly display more than 1,800 pieces of Jim Beam paraphernalia from sports cars, sporting heroes, wild animal and iconic effigy decanters through to super-exclusive limited edition bottles, World Fair one-offs and three each of the ridiculously-rare silver cowboy and cowgirl decanters (there are only four of each in the world!)....
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...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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You might, like The Boomtown Rats, not be too fond of Mondays, but (trust us) you’re gonna love the all-new, revamped The Monday Room. The former post-quake party palace which endeared itself to the city after seeing Christchurch through some dark times has undergone a remarkable transformation. Fittingly, and reflecting the city’s own spirits, the mood has been lifted with a brighter, earthier makeover in line with its new, seasonally-driven food focus. The once dark wood panelling has been white-washed and the science lab element switched out for a more chilled vibe courtesy of the crackle and pop of vinyl and a herb garden feature wall. Adding a retractable roof to the outdoor back area has extended the restaurant space, truer to the venue’s new focus, and has created a cosy and well-lit dining space. Thankfully, the slick cocktail aesthetic remains: pressed ceiling, exposed brick and encyclopaedia-lined bar (hey, if...
Cityscape The Scoop
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Riffing on the 50s retro rustic cool of Bishopdale’s famous orchards and the three brothers (James, Robert and William) the suburb is named after, the brand spanking new Bishop Brothers Public House is all about fantastic food in a relaxing atmosphere, says owner Mark Pearce.The new neighbourhood gastro tavern takes its cues from the Bishop boys’ fruitful legacy, with the former Little Italy/Farrington Tavern site transformed into a modern gastro-tavern that effortlessly blends the rustic charms of an apple packhouse aesthetic with 50’s diner chic. Funky booth seating meets solid wooden furniture and retro flourishes, including old valve radios and other similarly-aged artefacts to set the scene.Award-winning local chef Kathryn Ahu elevates gastro-pub fare to the next level at the new venue, with a menu that includes not only pub-grub faves but also plenty of Bishop Brothers spins on classic dishes. Look for their legendary platters, baked pork belly, steamed mussel pots,...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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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 Drinking @
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It’s an air of urban sophistication that awaits you at Mish Mash, the new central city eatery and bar that’s opened its doors at the corner of Manchester and St Asaph. Head in under the yellow sign and you’ll find yourself in a slick, relaxed lounge atmosphere, flanked on either side by post-quake Christchurch cool – on one wall a vibrant street art-style mural, and on the other an stylish arrangement of wooden pallets. The name’s not just random – Mish Mash blends a variety of influences from around the world in a unique, heady mix. The menu is an international smorgasbord, and the tempting cocktail list follows suit; keep it Snoop-Dogg-simple with Gin & Juice, a sharp combo of fresh orange, grapefruit cordial and Martin Millers gin snazzed up with Cloudy Bay Pelorus sparkling, go troppo with Loco For The Coco and its blend of Matusalem White rum, pressed...
Cityscape Fashion & Beauty
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Industry-leading trailblazers in all things hair, the innovators and style mavens at True Grit, helmed by Jacqui Victor, have fearlessly forged a national brand synonymous with trust, commitment to excellence and cutting-edge expertise. With a reputation as the city’s preeminent on-trend style makers, they’re also renowned for their next-level service; think complimentary shoulder and head massages, barista-made espresso coffee, European wines, specialty teas, and sweet treats, all served up in the über swank surrounds of their funky new salon space. www.truegrithairspa.co.nz...
Cityscape Eating @
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The salted caramel crystals are glowing like amber jewels scattered over the perfectly-formed xócolate and rosemary crema pyramids, themselves nestled alongside the golden crusted, (and heavily cinnamon-sugar-dusted), spiced churros. We’ve come to the end of a languorous Friday lunch (is there a better kind?) at Mexico Food & Liquor, where the cares of the world have melted away while we sipped perfectly mixed – and suitably summery – frosty coconut margaritas and the lychee, passionfruit and ginger stunner blanco sangria under the Halloween-esque day of the dead memorabilia radiating off the walls. Inside, the fit-out is all Tarantino-cool, and the restaurant is buzzing with hip and friendly staff and an authentic south of the border soundtrack, while outside the rebuilding city is also starting to buzz with the promise of the weekend. But it’s the promise of a killer new summer menu courtesy of Mexican maestro Javier Carmona that’s inspired our...
Cityscape Eating @
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A tram rattles past, revealing the Wizard reverse parking (though we can’t be sure, given his pushmi-pullyu double-fronted Volkswagen Beetle), as I reach for another heavenly smoked pork rib sticky with chancaca.We’re lunching at Casa Publica, James ‘Carlton’ Murdoch’s love letter to all things South American – including the mysterious Señor Hugo Chile – and it’s a perfect spring day in the city. Sitting in the sun at the Armagh Street end of the always buzzing New Regent Street, it’s the perfect spot to withdraw from (but still keep an eye on) the city’s hustle and bustle, kick back, and enjoy sensational sipper Casa Luana – a premium, smooth rum infused in-house with a heady mix of cardamom, orange and brown sugar – while grazing on exotic fare.With a theme based around the legend of the aforementioned Señor Chile, who became a rum runner during prohibition, then switched to cocaine...
Cityscape Eating @
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  It feels like we’ve stumbled on one of Christchurch’s best kept foodie secrets – our table is littered with brightly-coloured plates of stunning, ‘modern Asian’ deliciousness and it’s just too close a race to call a favourite. What’s more, we can’t even adopt the tried and true ‘whittle them down from the least favourite’ scenario, such are the dishes’ across-the-board excellence. Sitting within the YMCA, with killer street frontage on Rolleston Avenue serving up epic views of the Botanic Gardens from a sun-drenched al fresco area, DUO Dining Room & Bar fuses a funky, en-pointe hip vibe with some seriously boundary-pushing Asian fare. Inside it’s all smiles from super-friendly, on game staff and industrial cool by way of a black pressed ceiling, slick black-tiled bar, naked black wire lamp shades and some edgy urban street art-style muralage. Hit the bar and grab a frosty glass of Asahi or Somersby Cider...