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Smash Palace

172 High Street | Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5369
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“mulled cider” (4 reviews)
“burger” (33 reviews)
“falafel” (3 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
172 High Street | Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little find. Pub in a Bus...... Nice spot to enjoy a cold glass of wine and beer and tells a lot of history.... Great vibe.

Thank tyndo1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stay near by and discovered this quaint outdoors bar... It had a great vibe and I loved that rebuilt from a rubble of earthquake... Great Beer and Friendly Staff...

Thank Otagopete
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favourite pub in the world! We were fortunate enough to go on the opening night when it was on Bealy Avenue - and loved it! Every time we visit Christchurch we head here! Great Beer, great food and brilliant vibe! How nice...More

Thank Modprod71
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went in here for the first time recently and it's an improvised, rough-around-the-edges antidote to the over-designed and homogeneous bars that seem to be endemic to Christchurch's rebuild. Good selection of beers, the bar snacks were tasty and from the conversations we could hear, it...More

Thank MobileKiwi
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I slice of paradise in the wasteland of Christchurch city. I hope this bar continues long into the future

Thank BonnieJames
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Friday night was busy but not so busy you didn't served, find a seat and get some food. A quirky place to have a nice beer or cider on tap. Wouldn't be so good in the rain as most of the seating was outside. A...More

Thank Nuttykiwi
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Good atmosphere there, the bar is inside an old bus, the layout and furnitures are really special, the lager and the burgers are great, fair prices (9$ for a pint and between 12 and 15$ for a burger). 3$ for a huuuge plate of biiiiig...More

Thank SanchoDeCuba
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Smash Palace had great staff. They were fun and knowledgeable about wine. I loved their quirky senses of humour as well. This bar cum burger joint has such an amazing atmosphere, redolent of the Ghost Of Christchurch Past. Everywhere I looked up and down High...More

1  Thank Perry B
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Great bar to have some great beers! Traveller vibe. Best in good weather, enjoying the sun. Bar food available! Inside seating possible.

1  Thank Jens C
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We strolled up here and found this great bar run from an old bus! Great host made us feel very welcome and chatted for ages! Great craft beers including their own and a gourmet bar food menu! Note this is outside venue! It has great...More

1  Thank Patrick G
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hello, can we come in on tuesaday night and get a quick bite to eat before we go to alices for a movie at 8 pm?
13 June 2016|
Response from JineteNZ | Reviewed this property |
It is walking distance to Alice in Videoland, so it would be a matter of how busy they are. The food is nothing special there however.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 172 High Street | Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-366 5369
New 'gap filler' bar on the Site of former Saggio de Vino after the earthquake.