Where to Find the Best Craft Cocktails in Christchurch

Close up of a cocktail from Boo Radleys.

We've done the legwork and narrowed down the best spots to sip a flawless craft cocktail in Christchurch’s CBD.

Words by: Caitlin Brown 

Photography by: Nancy Zhou

When the weekend is finally upon us, you can find us meandering through town on the hunt for the best craft cocktails Christchurch has to offer. Thankfully, we’re spoiled for choice in Christchurch. While that makes narrowing down a list like this one a tad tricky, we’re more than happy to do the legwork. Ahead, find 5 spots to sip a flawless craft cocktail in Christchurch’s CBD. We’ll drink to that.

gin gin

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4 New Regent Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Perched on historic New Regent Street, the welcoming and whimsical establishment of gin gin offers up a delicious martini menu alongside inventive yet approachable cocktails. Situate yourself at the epic downstairs or upstairs bar, and you’ll get a first-hand glimpse at the care that goes into creating each and every one. 

Bartender’s Recommendation: Fresh Quince - Broken Heart quince gin from Arrowtown, toasted fennel, lemon and soda

OGB

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28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Grab a seat in the intimate O.G.B. bar or head outside for some al fresco dining (it’s the perfect place for watching the tourists and tram roll on by). This historic venue takes you back in time and offers a mix of original, housemade cocktails, along all of your favourite classics. 

Bartender's Recommendation: Austin Robin - Black raspberry, honeycomb, hazelnut and raspberry cream. This sweet and smooth cocktail was created by some of O.G.B’s original staff members, and has been on the menu since the very beginning

The Last Word

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Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

 

A classic whiskey and cocktail lounge that suits any occasion, whether you’re looking for a stiff after-work bevvy or enjoying a date night in the city. When it comes to tipples, the Last Word has a timeless approach. You’ll find all the usual suspects like a negroni, Aperol spritz, bloody mary, or old fashioned, as well as a few quirky additions like their Not an Espresso Martini made with tequila.

Bartender’s Recommendation: Irish Coffee - Embassy Coffee, Jamesons, brown sugar, rock salt brewed with chocolate malt and cacao nibs topped with vanilla cream

Pink Lady

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Level 8/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

The drink menu at Christchurch’s chicest rooftop, Pink Lady, derives inspiration from sunny beach towns found all around the world, but the featured ingredients come from the best that Canterbury has to offer. You’ll undoubtedly feel transported to a tropical oasis in no time flat, but your view will remain the stunning Port Hills.

Bartender’s Recommendation: Pink Mistress - the hero cocktail of the venue! Candy floss, pink gin, strawberry, vanilla, wonder foam

Boo's

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level 1/98 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Boo Radley’s boats an impressive variety of cocktails, and their ‘grown up’ milkshakes in Salted Caramel Bourbon, Vanilla Maple Bourbon and Bushwacker are an inevitable hit. The ambiance makes it a perfect place to unwind thanks to live music six days a week, not to mention a dimly lit space filled with candles and old newspaper clippings decorating the walls. 

Bartender’s Recommendation: Chocolate Old Fashioned - Maker’s Mark bourbon, chocolate bitters, black walnut bitters, sugar

Neat Christchurch & Canterbury Places

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Tomi is most famous for their sashimi sourced from the local fish market.

Indigo & Provisions

Interior view of the historic windows and leather chesterfield at Indigo & Provisions, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Indigo & Provisions is a specialised fashion store inspired by traditional work-wear, heritage styles and high quality.

Lovoir Day Spa

The entrance to Lovoir Day Spa in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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As soon as you step inside Lovoir Day Spa at The Crossing in Christchurch, you will find yourself enveloped by an atmosphere of luxury and sophistication.

Central Deli Sandwiches

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Central Deli Sandwiches is a permanent daytime pop-up within Christchurch's New Regent Street restaurant Story.