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Cityscape Retail Therapy
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A funky recent addition to Sumner's trendy boutiques, STORE 17 is a gallery of uber cool. Taking their inspiration from the distinctive Scandinavian style sweeping the world's interiors, the talented crew both create their own simple-but-special STORE 17 collections as well as stocking swish bands such as Uashmama, Olli Ella, Blue Earth, Fox & Ivy, Creative Clay Studio, and Little Nik Nax.   You'll find everything from killer designer planters and sharp must-have pieces through to jewellery with a difference, locally-designed and made stationery, wall hooks and hangers and more – all with that clean, minimalist razor sharp Scandi-style to next level vamp-up your digs. Drop in to browse their unique wares in person or check out their covetable range at their online store! STORE 17 17 Marriner St, Sumner03 326 5762www.store17.co.nz...
Cityscape Eating @
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The butter-poached free-range egg sits atop the thick, lightly-caramelised slices of dry-aged sirloin, its startlingly orange yolk glistening like a rare jewel. Yielding under the knife before breaking, its molten gold contents spill over the steak and cascade down the deep crevices of tender, rare beef in a display of next-level gastro porn. It’s a sight likely to elicit a signature gasp and saucy superlative from domestic goddess/temptress Nigella Lawson, but it has me hurriedly reaching for the chunky, hand-cut golden fries to mop up the sprawling goodness. Ensconced in the swank surrounds of the Heritage Christchurch Hotel’s Old Government Building, the culinary maestros at Continental have breathed new life into Maddison’s Restaurant, the former breakfast-only venue now also rocking fierce lunch and dinner menus. Sustainable, locally-sourced and in-season fare is the order of the day, in alignment with the hotel chain’s Good Food Project. Don’t let the words ‘hotel...
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 first thing that hits you when you walk into new-look The Asiatique is the mouth-watering, multi-layered aromas of made-from-scratch traditional Thai and Peranakan Malaysian Nyonya street food. Hanging heavy in the air and rich with the promise of deliciousness to come, the fragrance is an intoxicating blend of fresh lemon grass, chilli, limes, coriander, garlic and ginger, and one that’s bound to have you reaching for the menu stat. Formerly Fusion @ The Asiatique, the Sydenham Asian-themed oasis has switched up the menu and décor, narrowing their once diverse offering to focus on tricked-up Malay and Thai (with a nod to Vietnam via their fresh rolls). You’ll find a retro French-Asian aesthetic; an old cooker in the corner and jars of palm sugar alongside fresh limes, chillies and an old Imperial typewriter, vintage suitcases piled high above the bar, an intriguing wall of conical hats as art and, rounding out...
Cityscape Entertainment
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A night at the movies in Christchurch just got classier with the opening of the new Deluxe Cinemas at The Tannery. State-of-the-art boutique theatres designed with the discerning cinemaphile in mind, the new venue comes to us from the Stewart family, the brains trust behind Alice Cinematheque (nee In Videoland), the film library and Egyptian-themed mini-picture-palace that’s a city institution. These guys know movies, and it shows in their new venture; both the 32 seat and larger 54 seat auditoriums at the new Deluxe have been designed with careful consideration of sightlines, digital projection and a rich Dolby sound experience, and décor, lighting and climate control are all harmonised to create a supremely comfortable, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. Rejecting modern multiplex mayhem for a return to the more romantic era of movie-going, Deluxe is ditching popcorn for hand-rolled ice creams, gourmet hot nuts, cheese boards from Canterbury Cheesemongers, fresh coffee, character...
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 80s tunes rocking the sound system, a funky new interior created after a rustic revamp and a fine menu of epically-honed gastropub fare, the reborn Merrin Street Brewery Bar has swag in spades. The venue formerly known as the Monteith’s Brew Bar located in Avonhead Mall might have changed its name, but its signature legendary West Coast hospitality, and famed line-up of Monteith’s craft beers and Kiwi wines, continues the legacy of this neighbourhood fave. It’s a crackin’ autumn afternoon when we roll up with some serious hunger pangs and, after walking through the sun-drenched outdoor area, are welcomed by huge friendly grins from the staff and the slick new aesthetic, where righteous multi-coloured rough-cut coloured feature walls meet the industrial edge of chunky wooden copper-nailed tables. In a nod to the bar’s West Coast roots, a boar’s head lords over proceedings from over the fireplace. Behind a well-stocked...
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 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 The Scoop
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Rocking the mantra ‘honest, wholesome, simple’, the team behind killer newbie café MADE Espresso Bar need to add ‘seriously tasty’ to the mix! It’s brimming with sensational cabinet fare and fierce daily specials (think caramelised onion, pesto and feta scrolls and faro, kale, almond, and beetroot salad with lemon and paprika dressing – hungry much?) served alongside Hummingbird Coffee. You’ll find the super-talented MADE team working their culinary magic from their city-chic café tucked under Warren & Mahoney on Montreal Street, with their entrance around the corner on Cashel Street (just to keep things interesting!). www.madeespressobar.co.nz...