Evil Genius Bar & Eatery

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Wednesday12:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday12:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Sunday12:00 – 9:00 pm.

unit 2/1091 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch

03 260 1002

Evil Genius Bar & Eatery is one of Ferrymead’s best-kept secrets. Open Wednesday to Sunday from noon ’til way past dusk, the intimate space offers relaxed dining, choice beverages and an epic lineup of live entertainment. 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.

The super tasty Asian fusion menu is loaded with generous tapas style plates perfect for sharing. Evil Fried Chicken is a definite crowd pleaser, and tasty vegan alternatives mean no one ever has to miss out on yummy fried goodness. Genius. If you’re after a quick caffeine kick, they’ve got that covered for you too, courtesy of Lyttelton roaster Spook Haus beans. It’s one of the only spots to score a Spook Haus brew on this side of the hill.

This owner-operated joint makes a point of supporting other local companies. Lyttelton based Ellabobella Design is behind the branding and colour concept, while the botanic style interior was crafted by Ferrymead’s own Freya Floral. You’ll find local brewery Cassels & Sons craft beers on tap, and Saturdays will see the locals swarm in for a double happy hour of $13 cocktails from 3 - 5pm.

With open mic nights every third Thursday, Sunday DJ pop-ups, and live music sessions on the last Sunday of the month, Evil Genius is the place to be. Resident DJ Mat Hoods spins the dance-party tunes every Friday night from 5 - 9pm and DJ Flex Webster brings the beats on Saturdays. To see what’s coming up on the schedule check out Evil Genius’s social media, or to enquire about venue hire for private functions, head to their website.

Whatever time of day you find yourself at Evil Genius you’re in for a treat. There is a pretty ace view of the Heathcote Estuary throughout the day and the staff’s affinity for eclectic music gives the place a real vibe. Next time you’re heading from the city to the beach, make sure you pop in for a bite and put Evil Genius on the list for your next foodie destination.

Words by Nicola Amy Hinman & Photography by Nancy Zhou and Supplied

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unit 2/1091 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch

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