Hit the town in Christchurch  
Though the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes did damage to the city centre that remains to this day, it remains a lively night spot and a great place to go on the tiles. Here are our favourite places to go for a beer in the Garden City.
South of Lichfield
Also known as SOL, this is one of the hippest and swingingest area of the city. The streets here are packed with places to eat and drink, with pedestrian walkways linking bar to bar and club to club. If you're planning to bar hop around Christchurch, this is definitely the place to begin your night. Whether you fancy a quiet pint and a chat, rocking out to live music or a heavy night out, you will find what you are after on the streets of SOL.
Minx Dining Room and Bar
One of the most famous restaurants in the city is the Minx. An award winning diner where you can enjoy fresh European fare and a host of sophisticated cocktails, it's well known across Christchurch as a place for those looking for an upmarket night out to go. The Head Chef Nicola McDermott has a hell of a resume, having previously worked in the London Marriott and the Pearl Restaurant.
Micky Finn's Irish Pub
Right by the tranquil banks of the Avon river, you will find one of the city's most consistently popular little watering holes. A proper little Irish pub, where the Guinness, beer and whiskey flows late into the night, it's one of the nicest atmospheres you'll find in this area.
The Fox and Ferret
For some pub grub, you can't go wrong at the Fox and Ferret. While lots of places claim to be ‘gastro-pubs', this spot really lives up to the title, with a tasty menu of traditional drinking food, a bunch of British ales, lots of atmosphere and very friendly staff.
The Holy Grail
It's no secret that Kiwis love their sport and, of all the country's many, many sports bars, the Holy Grail in Christchurch is the biggest. Across 17,000 square foot, you will find a huge 10 metre projector screen, four bars, a big menu of tasty bar food and a 70 seater grandstand. For the big Rugby games, it's almost as good as being in the stadium.
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