6 Of The Cheapest Bars In Christchurch To Go On A Budget

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer


Because we broke people need a good bargain…

We all love a cheap and cheerful night out. But, are you one of those people who wakes up after a night out fearing to check your online banking? Yep, Christchurch is expensive, and it can be difficult to locate a decent bar that offers great bevvies and meals on a budget. Consequently, Secret went on a mission to track down some affordable bars for a hard earned cocktail, beer and other special delights paired with a meal. Check out six of our favourites here.

1. O’Shea’s Public House

You can count on an Irish bar to have a fantastic atmosphere and some epic drink deals. From Quiz Night on Mondays, to delicious traditional grub ranging from $6, and a good quality Irish pint for dirt cheap. Indeed, you won’t be out of fortune here.

📍 124-134 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand

2. Thai Container

Start your night off at this lovely Thai restaurant that has a delightful outdoor seating area, perfect for those upcoming summer nights. With a large variety of Thai dishes starting at $7, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Have a few cold ones from the fridge here, and you’ll be set for the night.

📍151 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

3. Bridies Bar & Bistro

Photo Credit: Bridies

This stylish bar is a favourite for good vibes and some of the cheapest drink deals in town. With a large variety on offer, you’ll enjoy beverages like $13 jug pitchers, $6 beer bottles and some exclusive affordable cocktails. Head here for a casual night out or a classy night with the girls, the choice is completely yours.

📍 401 Worcester Street, Linwood, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

4. Smash Palace

Smash Palace
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Pop down to Smash Palace for a boogie and cheap drinks in a unique setting. With an impressive wine list and a selection of house beers…you can’t go wrong. Opt to pair your drink with some jaw-dropping burgers and devilish chips for the most pleasurable experience. Indeed, it is one of the cheapest bars in Christchurch.

 📍 172 High Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

5.  Celtic Arms Inn

Celtic Arms Inn
Photo Credit: Celtic Arms Inn

Great food, friendly staff and good craic! Another fantastic Irish bar. But this bar offers some incredible deals and delicious traditional Irish grub. It is the perfect joint for catching up with friends because you can play pool and darts here. Go on a Tuesday for $8 Quarts deals all day. Certainly, one of the cheapest bars for drink deals around town.

📍 308 Selwyn Street, Spreydon, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand

6.  Retropolitan Social Club

Now this retro place is quite exclusive and chic but every Wednesday they offer happy hour from 4-6pm with 25 per cent off house wines, tap beers, ciders and even $12 cocktails. It is a friendly and relaxing atmosphere with live music and sports playing on the projectors. A great spot for a date or a catch up with your mates.

📍 255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

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