Whisky Galore

Monday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Tuesday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Wednesday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Thursday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Friday9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Saturday9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

SundayClosed.

834 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

03-377 6824

Fancy a dram? Say no more! Head straight through the doors of Whisky Galore, Christchurch’s one and only store dedicated to this timeless and heartwarming spirit.

Established in 2003 by Michael and Stella Fraser Milne, the Whisky Galore team spend their days and nights building tight relationships with international distilleries and researching the latest trends of the whisky world. Their commitment to providing New Zealand’s most unique whisky experience is beyond compare.

A twinkling collection of over 1000 varieties frames the perimeter of the store in amber and caramel hues. Hunt down rare editions, or come back time and again for the popular single malts. While the range is ruled by the biggest (and arguably greatest) producer, a plethora of Scottish whiskies are complemented by bottles sourced all the way from Japan, India and North America as well as local distilleries right here in New Zealand.

The homely interior of wooden tables and cabinetry, ornate wallpaper, tartan carpet, plush armchairs and copper lights transports visitors from austere Colombo St and plonks them right into the snug heart of Scotland.

Yet, there’s so much more to this establishment than its impressive bottle count and beautiful décor. Far from the mundane exchanges of everyday liquor stores, be prepared to feel like an honoured guest. If you’re well-versed in the spirit, there’s no better place for picking up an old favourite or discovering new and exciting additions. However, first-timers need not feel intimidated. The knowledgeable team love nothing better than when a novice comes knocking. In no time, they’ll have found the ‘one’ – be it fruity or smokey – that will kick-start your lifelong whisky love affair.

And just when you thought the show was over, a set of sliding doors roll back to reveal a private tasting area. The space can be accessed by groups as small as father and daughter or larger groups, like corporate experiences. Whisky Galore also hosts its own calendar of public events, inviting everyone and anyone into an evening of interactive tastings, considered conversations and hearty eats from a local chef.

Nobody leaves this local institution without succumbing to its charm, and we say it’s best not to fight it.

Words by Maggie Worthington & Photography by Nancy Zhou

834 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

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