New Zealand > Christchurch
mullet (230) Melbourne, Australia | September 20, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of reminds me of brewpubs in Australian circa ~2002. Wouldnít say itís the best pub going around but about ten different Casselís beers on tap and theyíre mostly really good. Three handpumps. No guest beers, in spite of whatís on their website. Food was pretty average - theyíve got this great pizza oven and the bases are great but theyíre loading it up with Pizza Hut-style toppings. It would be so easy for them to be doing top-notch pizza. Frustrating. Worth a look but only for the beers.
nate2g (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | February 10, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
If only I had heeded Cantabrianís advise and not appeared on a Friday evening here to slake my thirst. Think cheesy hip-hop party night featuring drunken students. However, my time in Christchurch was short, I hadnít long arrived and I craved a Milk Stout. No faults there, that delivered. I chopped my pint and retreated hastily back into the dimly lit streets and onto a much wiser pub choice that is Pomeroyís.
Cantabrian (9) Christchurch, New Zealand | January 24, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Just donít go an a Friday. Loud music is absolutely overwhelming, and particularly an apalling selection of tunes. Perhaps the reason why some tables were still empty. Because there is NO OTHER REASON for not going to this bar. Excellent beer - even though there are no guest taps, patrons should be more than happy with the great selection of Casselís own brews. Friendly and attentive service, this bar is nice, clean and here is where you find the best Kiwi pizzas in Christchurch, by a far margin. The tables inside have that lovely Jules-Verne style futuristic chairs. Any day but a Friday evening is a delight.
Rulymel (15) , 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 (2124) 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 (155) , 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 (51) 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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