Evil Genius Bar & Eatery

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Wednesday12:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday12:00 – 8:00 pm.

Friday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Sunday12:00 – 8:00 pm.

unit 2/1091 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch

03 260 1002

One of Ferrymead’s best-kept secrets, Evil Genius Bar & Eatery is a destination you need to get to know. Open Wednesday to Sunday from noon ’til way past dusk, the intimate space offers relaxed dining, choice beverages and live entertainment along the Heathcote Estuary. Pop in for a leisurely lunch, end the day with casual dining or meet your best wine-drinking-buddy here for a glass or two.

Evil Genius offers a full Asian fusion menu. The generous tapas style plates are easily shared amongst a group, but priced so you can get a few for yourself if that's more your style. The Evil Fried Chicken is a definite crowd pleaser and tasty vegan alternatives mean no one ever has to miss out on flavour. Genius. If you're after a quick caffeine kick, they've got that too, courtesy of Lyttelton roaster Spook Haus beans. It's one of the only spots to taste a Spook Haus brew on this side of the hill.

This owner-operate joint always makes a point to source from other local companies, too. The majority of the wine served comes from Mt Pleasant-based Long Cloud wines and you’ll find local brewery Cassels and Sons craft beers on tap. Evil Genius’s branding and colour concept was designed by Lyttelton based Ellabobella Design and the interior's botanic style was crafted by Freya Floral in Ferrymead. This, plus the staff's affinity for interesting and diverse music, gives the venue a relaxed feel whenever you choose to visit.  Every Saturday sees locals flock in for the almost unbeatable deal and supremely tasty $10 cocktails from 3 to 7 pm.

If live music is your thing, Evil Genius hosts open mic nights every other Thursday and fortnightly live music sessions on Sundays from 2-5 pm.  Regular dance parties are also hosted here and resident DJ Mat Hoods plays every Friday night from 5 p.m. To check out the schedule or inquire about venue hire for private functions, head to Evil Genius's social media and website.

Whatever day or time you may find yourself at Evil Genius you're in for a treat in terms of dining, entertainment and an easy-going atmosphere - it’s got a pretty ace view throughout the day with views of the estuary, marshes and hills beyond. So next time you’re heading from the city to the beach or vice versa, make sure to pop in and say hello to these guys, or book it in as your next foodie destination.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou and Supplied

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unit 2/1091 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch

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