New Zealand > Christchurch
Rulymel (11) , Spain | September 4, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Looking for some place to take a beer in the city after I couldnít find any of the pubs showed in the Lonely Planet guide.
Very good beer and very nice service. They give me a glass as a present cause we were visiting NZ for holiday.
Travlr (1271) Washington, Washington DC | August 14, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Lomg narrow place wit a lot of outdoor tables, in the recovering CBD district. Pizzas are very creative. Beers are the same as whatís on at The Brewery, no guest taps at the moment. Staff is helpful and friendly. Worth a look.
Beersiveknown (64) , Northern Ireland | January 28, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Full range of cassels brewery beers on tap and some interesting Kiwi cocktails including one with feijoa and kiwi. Decent woodfired oven pizzas and a buzz about the place with most outside tables occupied mid-afternoon during my visit. Friendly staff, though be warned take your passport with you for ID!
Jimthechap (35) Christchurch, New Zealand | October 2, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is a new offering, part of the growing Casselís and Sons group and is within throwing distance of the Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane (although TTHís future is up in the air).
So nice to see a business making its future in the centre of the city post-earthquake, although the new city plan may interfere with its future. I have been here twice so far with the visits occurring one month apart. Lots of little annoyances from the first time have been fixed as the bar is new and its development is on-going. These were things such as: the ambient noise level was overwhelming, since fixed by the installation of accoustic bats in the ceiling, which has made a world of difference; an underwhelming snack menu, changed to include tapas - we had the garlic chilli king prawns, about $16 for six prawns which were very very tasty; and a few minor environment issues that come with on-site development. The beer taps were handpull ales and gas flow lagers and ales from the Casselís brewery, although on both occasions I had imported and local bottled beers because I hadnít tried them before.
This bar appears more geared toward drinks and nibbly food rather than a full-blown restaurant in quite stylish surroundings (think of the film Metropolis type of art-deco adapted to light, building and table fittings). This is a project that will grow and get better, hopefully without the council pulling the rug from underneath it. Well worth a look.
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