Not Without You

5/181 High Street, Christchurch, CBD, Christchurch

A sophisticated, yet unpretentious wine bar for grown ups, Not Without You (or more casually NWY) is a unique establishment right in the heart of Little High Lanes. Elegantly fitted out with New Zealand native timber and raw steel, the black interior is surprisingly light by day and perfectly intimate by night. In the afternoons the sunny front terrace is the ideal spot for enjoying a drink or two in good company.

The focus at NWY is fiercely on local, in every aspect of the business. Their wine list consists solely of New Zealand wines and includes an extensive number of glass pour options, the perfect way to sample a variety of wines. The craft beer comes from boutique breweries, the cheese from the famous Canterbury Cheesemonger, the coffee is roasted by Unknown Chapter across the road – even the ceramics are handmade by a local potter, The Busy Finch. NWY literally lives in symbiosis with other local businesses.

Café by day, with great coffee and counter food, and a wine counsel by night, NWY boasts an extensive wine list filled with the best New Zealand has to offer. Having said that, it doesn’t only cater for those willing to pay top dollar (though there is a cellar list available for those who are), but provides a range of options to suit every budget without compromising on quality.

Pair your drink of choice with one of NWY’s delicious cheese boards, charcuterie or antipasto platters and be in for a night of taste indulgence. Everything from the cheese to meat, pate to olives is top quality and there is plenty to share between friends. A mouth-watering dessert list invites you for further indulgence.

If you thought they couldn’t get any more interesting, we should mention their denim brand DUAL - all under the same roof, at the other end of their creative space. DUAL is NZ’s only locally made denim brand and completes NWY’s ‘Always Aotearoa’ story.

With its central city location, NWY is the perfect spot for a pre dinner aperitif, a quality platter feast, an after Alice cinema drink or a catch up with friends or colleagues over a great glass of New Zealand wine, Gin or craft beer. Your first visit to NWY will most definitely not be your last.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

5/181 High Street, Christchurch, CBD, Christchurch

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