5 Places to Find the Best Craft Cocktails in Christchurch

We've done the legwork and narrowed down the best spots to sip a flawless craft cocktail in Christchurch’s CBD.

Close up of a cocktail from Boo Radleys.

Words by: Caitlin Brown 

Photography by: Nancy Zhou

When the weekend is finally upon us, you can find us meandering through town on the hunt for the best craft cocktails Christchurch has to offer. Thankfully, we’re spoiled for choice in Christchurch. While that makes narrowing down a list like this one a tad tricky, we’re more than happy to do the legwork. Ahead, find 5 spots to sip a flawless craft cocktail in Christchurch’s CBD. We’ll drink to that.

Pastel colour wall and seating area at gin gin.

gin gin

4 New Regents Street, Christchurch

Perched on historic New Regent Street, the welcoming and whimsical establishment of gin gin offers up a delicious martini menu alongside inventive yet approachable cocktails. Situate yourself at the epic downstairs or upstairs bar, and you’ll get a first-hand glimpse at the care that goes into creating each and every one. 

Bartender’s Recommendation: Fresh Quince - Broken Heart quince gin from Arrowtown, toasted fennel, lemon and soda

Close up of the Austin Robin cocktail.

O.G.B

30/28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Grab a seat in the intimate O.G.B. bar or head outside for some al fresco dining (it’s the perfect place for watching the tourists and tram roll on by). This historic venue takes you back in time and offers a mix of original, housemade cocktails, along all of your favourite classics. 

Bartenders Recommendation: Austin Robin - Black raspberry, honeycomb, hazelnut and raspberry cream. This sweet and smooth cocktail was created by some of O.G.B’s original staff members, and has been on the menu since the very beginning

Close up of liquor bottles on a shelf.

The Last Word

Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

 

A classic whiskey and cocktail lounge that suits any occasion, whether you’re looking for a stiff after-work bevvy or enjoying a date night in the city. When it comes to tipples, the Last Word has a timeless approach. You’ll find all the usual suspects like a negroni, Aperol spritz, bloody mary, or old fashioned, as well as a few quirky additions like their Not an Espresso Martini made with tequila.

Bartender’s Recommendation: Irish Coffee - Embassy Coffee, Jamesons, brown sugar, rock salt brewed with chocolate malt and cacao nibs topped with vanilla cream

Interior view of Pink Lady rooftop bar in Christchurch.

Pink Lady

Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

The drink menu at Christchurch’s chicest rooftop, Pink Lady, derives inspiration from sunny beach towns found all around the world, but the featured ingredients come from the best that Canterbury has to offer. You’ll undoubtedly feel transported to a tropical oasis in no time flat, but your view will remain the stunning Port Hills.

Bartender’s Recommendation: Pink Mistress - the hero cocktail of the venue! Candy floss, pink gin, strawberry, vanilla, wonder foam

Close up of a whisky cocktail at Boo Radleys.

Boo Radley's Food and Liquor

level 1/98 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Boo Radley’s boats an impressive variety of cocktails, and their ‘grown up’ milkshakes in Salted Caramel Bourbon, Vanilla Maple Bourbon and Bushwacker are an inevitable hit. The ambiance makes it a perfect place to unwind thanks to live music six days a week, not to mention a dimly lit space filled with candles and old newspaper clippings decorating the walls. 

Bartender’s Recommendation: Chocolate Old Fashioned - Maker’s Mark bourbon, chocolate bitters, black walnut bitters, sugar

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