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After an all-too-long absence, Christchurchs' perennial Thai-fusion fave Chinwag Eathai is back! Keeping a cosy local feel to his eatery empire, city hospitality maven Tony Astle has re-opened Chinwag at 104 Victoria Street (where it sits close to exisitng venues Mexicanos and King of Snake). Lurking subtly behind street front greenery, the spacious new Chinwag rocks a slick new look. It's all about the food though really, and one of the hot new features (literally) is the made-to-order street grill, where the likes of spiced lamb ribs, Udon pork sausages and charred beef sirloin with "crying tiger" chilli sauce are whipped up before your eyes. The main menu offers a wide selection of both popular Thai favourites (such as Massamun chicken curry) as well as the more exotic, including the caramelised pork hock with chilli vinegar, and you can go lighter with a tasy Thai salad or tuck into a whole...
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Christchurch bar-tsar Tony Astle’s latest offering along the city’s hottest party scene that is Victoria Street fuses a dark, broody aesthetic with an industrial edge and the effortless flair of another meticulously-crafted den of cool. You’ll find The Dirty Land’s interior awash with heavy red curtains, exposed brick walls, tactile wallpaper and moody lighting, care of guttering candles and some seriously covetable fixtures hanging under a gnarly, pressed ceiling. It’s like walking on the set of a David Lynch movie, only better – because you're there, and perusing a swanky cocktail list that rounds out an impressive and imaginative drinks menu.It goes without saying the drinks are killer; those with a taste for the bittersweet should tap the twist-on-a-classic that is the TDL Negroni, while the Blood Passion’s lacing of Belvedere vodka with passionfruit and blood orange makes for some primo drinking. Feeling adventurous? Check out the Guest Cocktail, a weekly...
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After a long absence, The Bog Irish Bar has reopened at its new home in the burgeoning nightlife hub of Victoria Street. It’s been a long (too long!) wait for the Irish pub icon to make a return following the destruction of its original Cashel Street home in the February earthquake, but what we get is a bigger (500 square metres), better Bog with a spectacular new fit-out, all while remaining very true to its Irish pub roots. A steampunk-style wall installation put together by Christchurch special effects company JBFX, gives the look of a 200 year-old brewery frozen in time and then suddenly reopened. One of the more unique bars in Christchurch, you’ll be hard pressed to look out of place – even if you’re rockin a bowler hat and monocle. Fear change? Don’t you worry, Johnny Traditionalist – the steampunk theme’s only part of the new look, and the...