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Bringing the ritz to Rangiora: Ivory Bar


It is quite simply a gorgeous space redolent of 1920s New York, with its art deco wallpapers, stunning copper ceilings and chandeliers. This is the Ivory Bar in the heart of Rangiora, a reincarnation of one of Canterbury’s few surviving heritage buildings – the former Northern A&P Society premises.

 

 

A national finalist for ‘Best New Business – Food & Beverage’ at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence, Ivory Bar is up against two other establishments, with the winner to be announced on 17 October. It’s not surprising, after all, everything you would expect from a great cocktail bar and restaurant is here.

The resident mixologist has an encyclopaedic knowledge of cocktails, as well as creating his own delicious concoctions. Happy Hour is 4pm-6pm every day while between 9pm-10pm during Ivory Hour, you’ll find cocktail and spirit specials.

On the menu there is something to suit all tastes from tapas and shared platters to burgers and chips, blueberry cured salmon or the signature Ivory Chicken with its secret herbs and spices.

Friday evenings feature talented local musicians; monthly on a Sunday afternoon is the time for jazz. Coming up on 31 August, James Daniels and Sue White from The Breeze will host a retro 80s Neon Night; a fantastic opportunity for a party and to dance “like no-one’s watching”.

The combination of glitz and glamour with a casual modern vibe gives Ivory Bar universal appeal. It’s a wonderful asset for Rangiora and a tribute to the vision of its owners and managers, the Beulink family.

 


 

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Dining with a difference: Ivory Bar


Step inside Ivory Bar and it’s like stepping back in time, back to the days when art deco was the new chic.

 

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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