Step inside Ivory Bar and it’s like stepping back in time, back to the days when art deco was the new chic.
Just 30 minutes from Christchurch, on Ivory Street in Rangiora, the former Northern A & P Society Building, first opened in 1926 and now listed as a heritage building, has recently been lovingly restored to an opulent, even decadent, 1920s styled restaurant and bar.
The Beulink family has owned the building for 16 years. “It was more or less abandoned,” says Robert Beulink. “However, we fell in love with the building and recognised its significance and its potential.” After three years of planning and restoration, that potential is finally being realised. Ivory Bar’s sensational European tapas and shared plate cuisine are specialties for lunch and dinner, with lunch available from 11:30am. Ivory is open every day ‘til late.
The class and distinction of this establishment is obvious, from the pillared exterior to the spectacular interior, and tidy attire is both expected and appreciated. The décor of crystal, copper, wrought iron and brass, the ornate ceilings, chandeliers and traditional wallpapers all make for a sophisticated environment to enjoy champagne, fabulous cocktails, a range of craft beers and an extensive menu of delicious food.
Private function areas are available, with food and beverage packages tailored to suit. If you are based in Christchurch, Rangiora, or elsewhere, Ivory Bar is well worth the trip. See more at www.ivorybar.co.nz
The Bog began its legendary history as the home of the Irish in February 1999 on Cashel Street, where the Guinness flowed and the craic was mighty.
The Bog is known worldwide for the best pint of Guinness in town, traditional Irish music, friendly staff and hearty food. Not long after its inception, the Guinness 100 Pint Club board was born and the 17.17 Club introduced. ‘Table 15’ was formed as a base where the locals would hang out, with many a story told and a few scoops of Guinness shared.
John Julian aka ‘JJ’ or ‘The Sheriff’ as he was known, would make sure the pints of Guinness were up to scratch and the names were placed on the board straight. Not forgetting Peter O’Donnell who would keep staff on their toes and give a finger salute when he wanted another pint of the black stuff. On the topic of legendary locals, there’s no forgetting Chris O’Neill, who has been drinking at The Bog for just over 19 years.
Those lucky enough to meet the OG resident know her as ‘Ma’, a fierce woman, seasoned Guinness drinker and great friend. Unfortunately, due to the devastating February 2011 earthquake, The Bog had to shut its doors, reopening in March 2014 at 50 Victoria Street. The original Guinness boards were salvaged and still hang proudly in the corner of a small section of the bar, famously known as ‘The Old Bog’.
The Bog will be celebrating an important milestone when it turns 20 years old on Sunday 24 February this year and it’s guaranteed to be a good one lads. With a week full of entertainment, taking us back to 1999 with original-priced pints and live music, including the original Irish Jam Session with the Jamesons and Black Velvet Band.
During the week there will also be an Irish themed quiz night, performances from The Southern Cross Irish Dancers and bag pipers, spot prizes, Guinness and Jameson giveaways, and much more. So grab your family, friends and paddy caps and head down to The Bog Irish Bar from Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 February for the big 20 year birthday celebrations.
Located at 48 Fitzgerald Ave, Purple Weka Café and Bar is one of Christchurch’s best relaxed weekend dining spots, where good fun and great service goes hand in hand with great Kiwi-style breakfasts and lunches.
With plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and onsite parking, the café offers a stylish ambience and friendly atmosphere, second to none. For Purple Weka, a new season means a tantalising new menu. Start your day by getting stuck into a succulent omelette, which one gentleman described as, “The best omelettes ever”.
The eggs benedict or a hearty big breakfast are all part of Purple Wekas’ popular breakfast menu. The mince on toast with a soft poached egg is always an old favourite but there’s so much on the menu worth exploring.
Along with whitebait, there’s a wide variety of new options to try. Why not give one of the famous cheese rolls a go, with mince and cheese straight from Otago? Purple Weka is also fully licensed, so wine and beer are available. It’s a great location to meet your friends on the weekend too. All sweet and savoury delicacies are made fresh each day and the kid’s menu means the wee ones’ cravings will be catered for. Speaking of catering, Purple Weka is also able to provide your next work or social function with quality eats and beverages.
For more information, visit
www.purplewekacafe.co.nz, visit the Facebook page or phone 03-366 0258.
Open Monday to Friday 6am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.
With Cup Week and Christmas on the social calendar horizon, what better place to celebrate than at one of Christchurch’s most iconic restaurants and bars? No. 4 will have celebrations all Cup Week and it is taking bookings for its ‘bus and breakfast’ package now.
With Piper Heidsieck Champagne lunches every day and live music though out Cup Week, grab the team for bubbles and fun and book your table now to make this annual week extra special. No. 4 offers exceptional indoor and outdoor dining and refreshments. With spring in the air, what could be a more perfect end to the day than al fresco drinks with friends? When the cooler weather kicks in, the inside is cosy, warmed by a roaring fire and even the courtyards are heated.
And what would a friendly neighbourhood establishment be without a delicious and varied menu that caters to all tastes, including gluten-free meals? With incredible generous and varied platters, it has gained a reputation for exceptional dining.
There is a charismatic vibe when it comes to hosting functions and offers a range of different function areas which makes it the perfect venue for a cocktail party, birthday, anniversary or corporate event. Feel free to organise an on-site meeting with a Functions Co-ordinator, so you can create a bespoke function to fit in with your requirements.
Drop into No.4 at 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale. Visit www.no4bar.co.nz for the full menu and other details.
No.4 Bar and Restaurant is a premium establishment in the heart of Merivale. Housed in a converted 1920’s villa, it offers exceptional indoor and outdoor dining and refreshments.
On these cooler evenings, the inside is cosy, warmed by a roaring fire, and the courtyards are heated. When the beautiful summer weather kicks in, what could be a more perfect end to the day than al fresco drinks with friends?.
And what would a friendly neighbourhood establishment be without a delicious and varied menu that caters to all tastes, including gluten-free meals? If there is a function on the horizon, it’s the perfect venue for a cocktail party, birthday, anniversary or corporate event with space and catering for all tastes.
Open seven days from breakfast ‘til late, the No.4 menu includes favourites such as chicken wings, turkey schnitzel, salads, shared platters and, of course, a range of prime Canterbury beef.
It’s comfort food time and beef cheeks in No.4’s wonderful madeira sauce or perhaps the pork belly, Malaysian kumara and apple curry or a Denver venison leg with a celeriac and juniper rosti, black pudding crumb, carrots and beetroot are great options to warm you up and give you something to enjoy amongst friends.
Renowned for its generous and varied platters, No.4 has gained a reputation for exceptional dining. Look out for daily specials, such as $12 Tacos on Tuesday, $10 cocktails on Thursday, the Boss’s shout on Friday and much more.
Drop into No.4 at 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale.
Visit www.no4bar.co.nz for the full menu and other details.