Handpicked by a Christchurch Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Wine Bars In Christchurch'.

Cellar Door

Cellar Door is a wine bar and wine-tasting room housed in the historic School of Art building in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.   The Cellar Door is a tribute to the room’s rich history with curated art and objects, and is proud to continue the tradition of warm hospitality, fine wine and good food. Cellar Doors offers curated wine tasting ‘flights’and a large select...

The Institution Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar

The Institution Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar is a compact space for having a good time, drinking good beer and enjoying good cocktails.  The easy-going and relaxed bar has a no TVs, no WiFi, no loud music- it's a distraction free peace for you to enjoy your company.  What they do offer is some chalk so you can doodle on our blackboard walls and tables, and card and board games so you c...


Owner Tom and Chef Sam have created an inviting space with a pared-back bistro/wine bar approach.  Earl serves as a canvas for produce-driven dishes to offbeat diners geared towards great wine and conversation, synonymous with the flavour, energy and relaxed vibe inspired by the coastal European culture. The food philosophy is to take simple and traditional dishes and execute them using ex...

5th Street

At 5th Street, head chef Samson Stewart teams up with co-chef Max Perry in a kitchen they designed and built themselves. Together they create fresh, satisfying, dishes that enriches familiar flavours whilst introducing new experiences. The restaurant features a regularly rotating menu, drawing from local and seasonal produce you can expect dishes that burst with creativity. ...

Mr Brightside Rooftop Bar

Mr Brightside is a rooftop bar situated on the top floor of the Iconic Public Trust Building.  The penthouse-style rooftop bar has a retractable roof with panormaic 360 views over the Port Hills, Avon River, snow capped Alps, Cathedral Square and across the City. The bar offers a wide range of cocktails, spirits and beer, with a delicious selection of gourmet food.  The bar is a R2...


Sawyer is a laid back, inner city neighbourhood bar serving up great food and drinks.  Located in the heart of Christchurch, just a few minutes walk from the main drag, Sawyer offers a comfortable space to unwind after a hard day's work with your favourite drink. Sawyer has a great range of local wine, craft beer and of course cocktails.  From Tiki styled to classics, t...


The Pink Lady Rooftop Bar

Climb the seven floors to the penthouse level of the heritage listed 1960’s Peter Bevan designed building, which now houses the Muse Hotel, for stunning 360’ views of the city below. Rooftop ready wines, craft beer from fortune favours and Hamptons-meets-Miami inspired cocktails. Fun, flirty and ready to dominate your Insta feed from day to night.   The Pink Lady Rooftop Bar&nbs...

The Dirty Land

The Dirty Land is the home of sophisticated cocktails served in a broody aesthetic of a meticulously-crafted den of cool. The bar offers personable and professional service, killer cocktails, nuanced wine list and impressive range of luxury French Champagnes and international spirits. When you step into The Dirty Land you’ll be struck by heavy red curtains, exposed brick walls, tactil...


Botanic enjoys a warm balcony overlooking the Avon with a long, clean interior with pockets of bench seating, and a rear rooftop garden bar sheltered by a modern glasshouse. The menu is light and healthy yet diverse in flavour.  Think seared tuna in an herb crust; buttermilk fried chicken with waffles; steamed clams in a prosecco and parsley liquor; and white chocolate panna cotta with an ...

The Monday Room

The Monday Room or TMR is the home of social dining in Christchurch.  The plates are all designed to share and since launching this concept back in 2016, they have won best restaurant in Christchurch at the Christchurch Hospitality Awards (2016 CHEVRONS). With their now famous 'Trust The Chef' menu,  guests don't have to worry about choosing dishes. ...

50 Bistro

Located on the ground floor of The George at the convergence of Park Terrace and Peterborough Street, 50 Bistro spans three interconnected rooms and offers an intimate place to meet, a light filled conservatory with a living wall for outdoor dining and a stylish indoor 'neo-bistro' restaurant serving up modern New Zealand cuisine. The stylish interior flows out to a generous conservat...

Bloody Mary's

Bloody Mary's takes its inspiration from the history behind its Latimer Square location - a dispute between Bishop Hugh Latimer and Queen Mary. The venue has a bar for drinking cocktails, a lounge for a whisky and a dining room where guests can try the special grill dishes. The restaurant focuses on fresh and seasonal produce and specialises in steak dishes.  The décor is plush with da...

Clink Restaurant and Bar

Clink Restaurant and Bar is located on land in Sumner once used to house mutineers detained aboard a settler ship from England. The ship, which set sail in 1779, was captained by an Englishman called Lord Lonsdale who quelled a mutiny amongst the crew during a wild storm and managed to land the ship safely at Sumner.  Descendants of the family now own the land where the restaurant evokes t...


A speakeasy styled bar housed in a beautiful heritage building located in Cathedral Square.  Overlooking Cathedral Square is a charming outdoor Courtyard. Live Music, carefully crafted food & drinks and good Ol' fashioned service.  Just down the hall you will find Parlour Cocktail Bar & Woodwards Barber Shop. For bookings under 10 people, we always leave room for walk-ins.&...

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