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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. Happy Pride Month!
This nightclub is the only gay bar in Christchurch. Expect classic 80s themed discos, DJs playing top hits from the 70s right up until today, and plenty of partying. With a high standard, you’ll need to dress-to-impress in order to get into this joint. Although, many straight folks tend to visit because it was one of the only bars left standing after the earthquake. Despite this, it is a completely safe space for the gay community, which is noticeable by all the rainbow flags. Be sure to get a insta-worthy picture on the cute balcony space, overlooking Victoria Street.
📍 77 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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 date night with your partner. Whatever the occasion, you’ll feel content with the positive vibes at this spot. Some other drink highlights include an array of luxury French Champagne, international spirits and wines. Excitingly, you can order some Mexican grub from Mexicano next door to make your night even more satisfying.
📍 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
With an award-winning status, you should expect this Southern USA-inspired eatery to be LGBT-friendly. Grab a quiet booth, listen to the band playing, and let go of all your worries. Opt to share platters like spiced chicken and kidney bean enchiladas, bourbon glazed pork, and much more. If you’re not drinking, you could treat yourself to a scrumptious large milkshake or a dessert such as s’mores. Be sure to take advantage of their occasional burlesque shows that provide next level 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
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.