New Zealand is an extremely progressive society, and remains overall LGBTQI-friendly. Though, Christchurch has a small gay nightlife scene because after the earthquake, many of the gay hangouts in the city were destroyed. Nevertheless, each year, Christchurch’s gay pride tends to get bigger and better. Hence why we tracked down some diverse gay hangouts for all you lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex folks to enjoy.
1. The Dirty Land
This gay-friendly cocktail bar offers an intimate space where you can sip on classy cocktails under the glimmer of a candlelight ambience. Ideal for a first date, friends night out or time with your partner. Drink highlights include an array of luxury French Champagne, international spirits and wines. Excitingly, order some Mexican grub from one of the best nachos places next door to make your night more satisfying.
📍 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
2. Boo Radley’s Food & Liquor
With an award-winning status, expect this Southern USA-inspired eatery to be gay-friendly. Grab a quiet booth, listen to the band playing and release your worries. Opt to share platters like spiced chicken and kidney bean enchiladas, bourbon glazed pork, and more. If you’re not drinking, treat yourself to a large milkshake or a dessert such as s’mores. Be sure to take advantage of their occasional burlesque shows for top entertainment. Indeed, one of the greatest gay hangouts in Christchurch.
📍 Level 1/98 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
It is rare to find a sauna as a gay hangout worldwide, so count your lucky stars that this one still exists in Christchurch. It offers a private space for gay men to unwind, hangout and get to know other likeminded individuals. They host plenty of themed events, so keep an eye on their page for more information.
📍 427 Tuam Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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4. Bears Christchurch
So this isn’t exactly a hangout. But it is a support group dedicated to celebrating gay men, of all ages and sizes, and those alike. They organise regular events such as drinks nights and coffee dates for everyone in the group to have some fun together and get to know one another. Check out the Bears Christchurch Facebook Page to see what events are happening this month.
Known for producing an awesome variety of live shows from comedy and drag to burlesque, poetry and more…it’s the perfect space to hangout with beer while and have a laugh with your mates. Likewise, it’s comfortable and affordable for those on a budget.
📍336 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand