Sumner Social

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Tuesday11:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Wednesday11:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Thursday11:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Esplanade, Sumner, Christchurch

03 244 0481

The arrival of Sumner Social warrants high fives all around because, at last, the coastal suburb has a top-notch bar and restaurant with ocean views. We are bloomin’ excited and you should be too. 

It’ll come as no surprise that opening a place here had been a dream of the owners, The Sinke Family, for some time. Having grown up in Sumner, Julian was thrilled when the opportunity presented itself, and after an extensive refurbishment, ridding the space of its dark decrepit interior, Sumner Social has been transformed into a light, bright, inviting destination. 

The sea of yellow and white striped parasols are instantly attention-grabbing, and not dissimilar to what you might expect to see at a beach club in Cape Cod. The laidback yet stylish fit-out has been expertly finished with rattan pendant lighting, a sea green-tiled bar and an inimitable neon light carrying their name - an ambience that’s super relaxed yet elegant. 

Whether you want to sip on a sundowner cocktail or have a meal with mates, Sumner Social will happily oblige. This place cleverly dances between bar and restaurant all day long. With a focus on seafood, the menu is awash with delicious seasonal dishes created by their Head Chef, James Tulley. It is a natural fit given the proximity to the ocean, and you can expect to see classics like Fish and Chips and market fish take centre stage. If your appetite is on the smaller side, there’s the option to grab sharing plates and snacks. 

On the weekends, Sumner Social comes into its own; an ideal spot for a cheeky Sunday session or lazy weekend brunch watching the waves roll in. But let’s face it, Sumner Social is pretty great any time of day, any day of the week, any time of the year and as they rightly say themselves, “we’re here for a good time and a long time”. We couldn’t agree more. 

Words by Kelly Tapper & Photography by Nancy Zhou and Lucas Perelini

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Esplanade, Sumner, Christchurch

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