Jimthechap (51) Christchurch, New Zealand | June 5, 2010| Updated January 30, 2013
God I’m fussy. There are so many things that will strike a place off my list of potential locals. Poms ticks just about all my boxes as it cares about the beer, it doesn’t lack for friendliness and has a very good bar snack menu. It is nice to see a truly family owned and operated bar where the family are the ones involved in every day to day facet of the business.
There are a few minor gripes though. When it gets busy, it gets extremely difficult to hear. The quiz needs work. But for all that, it is one of only three bars I happily go to in Christchurch.
Big pub on the very edge of the CBD but only a 15 minute walk from our hotel. It’s a sad walk past many vacant blocks waiting to be rebuilt but...Pomeroy’s lives on! Like an anti-Tardis it looks enormous from the outside but is oddly cramped inside (possibly because a jazz trio was playing the night we were there). Many, many beers to choose from (including their own). Food is really really good, the ambience terrific, and some staff are a little eccentric! What’s not to like. If you like beer and you have one night in Christchurch, go here.
A really legit beer bar way down in the dirty south. Taps are essentially all NZ beers and represent a nice cross-section of stuff. The ambiance is like a British pub, really welcoming and comfortable. Live music sometimes. Food is well-done pub fare, really tasty. They also will hand out free bites of bread and cheese and the like around happy hour. If you’re down here in Chch, do not mess around - this should be your #1 go-to place.
2016-05-21. We underestimated how popular this place with be on a rainy Saturday night. Very cosy, it has a nice mix of seating and separate areas but it is VERY busy tonight. After standing at the bar for a bit we found some seats at the corner of the bar and made friends with a local. He later introduced us to the owner who was very friendly, as were the servers. They have a good tap list with a number of beers brewed in house. At one point a server brought by a platter of cheese and warm bread! (Apparently an effort to ensure people are not exceeding their alcohol intake according to our bar mate.) It was fantastic and took some effort to not take the entire tray! We ended up not staying as long as I would have liked. I think I would have liked to have come earlier in the day and spent more time here in hindsight. Great place.
Great place, walkable from the centre. Really homely neighbourhood pub vibe with by far the best range of beer I saw on the South Island. ~25 taps - all NZ micros, and they seem to change very frequently. Loads of one-off type beers etc. Food was really good too, though the chips were pretty average - usually it’s the other way around. Definitely recommended.
beer-yum (45) Wellington, New Zealand | March 29, 2015| Updated March 21, 2017
Known as the craft beer headquarters of Christchurch - and for good reason. The selection of beer is one of the best in town and the service allows one to enjoy them with ease. Food is of the typical kiwi bar standard (not great) but priced like a fine restaurant. Better to stick with the liquid refreshments. A go-to venue for sure.
A pub that reminds me very much of British pubs. Impressive amount of 28 taps and 3 hand pumps, with almost exclusively local craft beer. Their selection of NZ beer is good, but the focus on the local market also means that unfortunately you basically only get the typical British beer styles. A few bottled beer are available too, but in an amount or quality that would be noteworthy.
A traditionally styled pub with ample seating of tables, stalls, sofas and stools. Decorated in a fashion not entirely dissimilar to what you might find on the inside of a local pub in England with its historical memorabilia on the walls, fading wildly patterned carpets, pool table etc. 30+ beers on keg and handpump including a couple if ciders with a variety of bottled offerings, wines and spirits to be found too. Situated on the far east of the city but conveniently a two minute walk from my hostel. Friendly enough staff offering recommendations and tasters without question. Prices not exactly cheap but not quite eye-watering either. A must-visit for anyone visiting the city; from what I saw of Christchurch as the moment it’s THE place for beer in the city. Free warm bread and cheese brought round was a charming little bonus and I happily wiled away several hours here over conversation and cards.