A self-contained town home to some seriously good historic pubs and a new wave of cool bars, Christchurch has your nightlife bases covered.
One of the most stylish bars and restaurants in Christchurch, The Boathouse is best enjoyed with a cold drink in hand while sitting on the large terrace overlooking the river at sunset. It covers plenty of other bases, however. Grab a putter and head out to their own crazy golf course, or if you’re feeling romantic, head to the intimate Chandelier Bar above the restaurant and choose from a wide range of cocktails, champagne, boutique beers and delicious Spanish tapas.
A cool café by day, Soho Christchurch comes alive at night when it turns into a popular bar and pizza joint. A modern and stylish bar on Church Street, the real highlight is its glass-covered terrace which overlooks the Priory Ruins, a gorgeous backdrop for your cocktail or craft beer. Back inside, the bar turns up the music on Fridays and Saturdays, with a DJ supplying the crowd-friendly dancefloor grooves until early the next morning.
The real night owls out there should head to Cameron’s Club and Lounge which is open until 4.30am every weekend, fuelled by a heady combination of cocktails and good-time music from the DJ. Ostensibly a high-end sports bar, Cameron’s also do a good range of food, including their popular Sunday roast.
The leading wine bar in town, Bodega stocks over 100 wines with a strong focus on natural and organic wines. Housed in a converted shed, Bodega’s interior is strong on character thanks to its rough brick walls and wooden surfaces. Make sure to tuck into their deli platters as well including a finger-lickin’ range of cold meats and cheeses.
Bodega Wine Bar
Head to our Christchurch pubs page for a full round-up of the town’s best public houses.