Bars icon
Bars icon

Monday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Tuesday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Wednesday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Thursday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Friday12:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Saturday12:00 pm – 1:00 am.

Sunday12:00 pm – 1:00 am.

30/28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

03-377 4336

OGB is a charming slice of old Christchurch in the centre city. The Neo-Renaissance building it calls home was built back in the early 1900s, giving the bar a real sense of history. The staff here are dressed as if they live in the era, wearing crisp white shirts, tailored black trousers, suspenders and newsboy caps. But nothing about OGB feels themed or make believe – just a charming, authentic step back in time.

Grab a seat in the intimate bar or head outside for some al fresco dining (it’s the perfect place for watching the tourists and tram roll on by). Inside, the walls are painted a deep dark green and works perfectly set against the oak tables, rimu light shades and brass instruments – and the lighting? It’s something to behold!

And for the ladies (and gentlemen if invited by a lady) there’s Parlour – a dimly lit, opulent cocktail lounge which feels like something straight out of Mad Men. Parlour is a recent addition to OGB and is “a space where ladies can go to talk about the gentlemen.” There’s a set of rules here – you must wait to be seated, behaviour must be respectful and women are welcome to strike up conversation with men, but not vice versa. The cocktails are sophisticated and the chairs are lined with maroon velvet – need we say more, Betty Draper?

Night time food options at OGB include platters, olives and tempting snacks. During the day OGB is open for breakfast and lunch with plenty of delicious options. The highlight of day service is the coffee window serving Sailor and Son coffee with Nature Matters milk to busy office workers from 6.30am.

OGB is a timeless bar which feels like it has been here forever, and luckily for us, is adding a generous sprinkling of class back to the city.

Words by Jane Lyons & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

Information not correct? Report an error


30/28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Nearby Places

Tramway Restaurant

Tramway Restaurant exterior.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Restaurants icon

The Tramway Restaurant is somewhat of a moving Christchurch institution. Most of us have seen it roll past us lit up with warm lighting, filled with happy diners waving at passers by.

The Last Word

Close up of liquor bottles on a shelf.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Bars icon

Prepare to be charmed by The Last Word’s relaxed, friendly environment and impressive drinks offering

Foundation Café

Two people eating at a table in front of a window.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Cafes icon

Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.

Infinite Definite

Shop assistant inside Infinite Definite in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Cool kicks, clothing and lifestyle goods find themselves a home here, and with over 60 different designers in stock, there is something for everyone.

Similar Places


Exterior of Rona's, Akaroa.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury Akaroa
Restaurants icon

With glistening Akaroa seaside views just around the corner, stepping into Rona’s for a gourmet brunch feels like treating yourself to a bona fide holiday.

Smash Palace

Lots of customers seating outside on tables.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Bars icon

For the novelty of having your local beer served from the window of a bus, look no further than Smash Palace.

The Old Vicarage

Exterior of The Old Vicarage, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Bars icon Cafes icon Restaurants icon

The Old Vicarage is exactly that, the former home of the Vicars from St Mary’s Church in Halswell.

Pegasus Bay

Exterior doors with manicured trees in the foreground at Pegasus Bay.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.