New Zealand > Christchurch
beer-yum (33) Wellington, New Zealand | March 29, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting industro-chic location right next to a micro brewery. Friendly staff and good selection made off-hour visit an enjoyable experience. Figure itíd be just as good when packed.
GlassBrass440 (4) Christchurch, New Zealand | October 12, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
There was a food truck outside, but I didnít get any. Great selection of NZ beers.
GrayVTC (1) , New Zealand | April 27, 2014
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
nate2g (1034) Boomtown!, Australia | February 15, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A great newcomer to the Christchurch beer scene. A selection of NZ breweries feature on tap with a good introduction to a few local Chch brewers. On a nice day itís pleasant to sit outside enjoying a brew (make sure to bring a few friends along as thereís not much by way of scenery to look at here). I can imagine it gets a little "too cool for school" vibe happening here observing a few of the punters but regardless itís well worth stopping by and seeing whatís on.
AtreidesNZ (1) Christchurch, New Zealand | September 20, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My favourite spot in Christchurch for a catch up with friends in a great relaxed retro atmosphere over some excellent beers from around New Zealand and the world. One of remarkably few bars where you can enjoy the beer, atmosphere and conversation rather than TVs blaring. Could use some more food options, some more non-Moa keg beers (hopefully coming soon with the Golden Eagle/Raindogs brewery opening next door) and at the rate theyíre going, a bit more space and some bike racks, but theyíre still the best place in chch for a great beer with friendly and knowledgeable bar staff and an eclectic mix of suits, ties, jandals and jeans.
Travlr (1887) Washington, Washington DC | August 14, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
OK, would you like the good news first or the bad news. Well, hereís the bad news: this place is temporarily closed for renovation after a fire. Hopefully it was minor, as I did not see any damage from the outside. Now for the good news: the brewery next door is producing, or at least has recently produced, beer. If I find out more, Iíll post it here. For now, this is a placeholder generic rating, halfway between the two existing ratings, so as not to change the average. This is one of the many reasons I must return to CHCH.
lisagirl (8) Christchurch, New Zealand | April 2, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
my regular. wonderful people, laid back atmosphere, and i suppose most importantly a large range of both taps (5 handpulls, 6 normal) and bottles. not all that expensive for craft beer in christchurch either, though thatís not saying much. not much in the way of food, which is clearly an unimportant factor to the owners. the golden eagle and raindogs joint brewery is almost finished next door as well. all in all a fantastic place to waste a few hours in.
Jimthechap (51) Christchurch, New Zealand | January 30, 2013| Updated April 1, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Volstead was created as a response to the perilous lack of bars in Christchurch after the February 2011 earthquake. The interior is foremost remarkable for the striking murals on the walls and then for the rough and ready lounge type feel with plenty of comfortable second hand furniture and couches. When the door comes up it reveals a pleasant outdoor courtyard and next to it a pleasant covered outdoor area.
The important stuff: a good array of constantly changing beers on handpull and Moa beers on gasflow. IThe bar also has a constantly changing bottled beer selection from all over the world. Food is provided from a caravan outside but sits very much secondary in the barís purpose. Most excellent, knowledgeable and personable staff who love what theyíre doing.
I have to mention the toilets as being clean and a little styly as well.
A definite recommendation, and interestly, there is a brewery being installed next door.
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