Queenstown, where days are spent on the mountains and the nights belong to the laneway bars where you’ll learn and perfect the art of après ski. Almost as much as the amazing ski adventures, QT’s legendary nightlife is a big part of why people flock from all over the world to our alpine wonderland. Here’s five ways to kick off your Queenstown night out the right way:
1. Make it rain at Barup
A Queenstown institution. Hidden away above Searle Lane it’s a small, loungey upstairs bar buzzing with great tunes and a party atmosphere.
Go For: The infamous Money$hot. Barup’s signature dollar-sign shot has been making it rain since ages ago. Winter varieties include mint choc chip and choc orange.
Cost: $$-$$$— the cocktails aren’t the cheapest, but they are strong, so one or two go a long way! Beers and wines come in at affordable prices.
Pro Tip: The bar may be small, but there’s plenty of nooks and crannies in which to lose your phone. Not that we’ve ever done that. Nope.
2. Rack ‘em up at Harry’s Pool Bar
Harry’s is the perfect place for a cold one after a long day on the mountain, with proper pints and pool tables galore, plus an open fire to sit next to and defrost in comfort.
Go For: Pizza, beer and pool. Need we say more?
Cost: $— with a $5 drink menu running all day and all night, your wallet won’t take too much of a beating.
Pro Tip: Sports fans can get their fix at Harry’s, with plenty of screens showing different games.
3. Sample craft brews with a view at Canyon Food & Brew
A short drive from town, Canyon Brewery make it worth your while with epic craft beers brewed on site and quality food, plus incredible scenic views.
Go For: a pint of Porter and a woodfired pizza.
Cost: $$-$$$— $10 pints of real craft brews, with food ranging from $24 for pizzas and sandwiches to $28+ for mains.
Pro Tip: Perfectly located for a stop on the return journey from Coronet Peak.
4. Get amongst it with a Pub Crawl
Queenstown’s party experts Big Night Out run booming pub crawls every Tuesday to Saturday, with entry to the best spots, drink discounts and prizes up for grabs.
Go For: the best way to explore Queenstown’s nightlife and meet heaps of cool people.
Cost: $-???—tickets are $30 including entry to bars, drink and meal discounts and loads more. How much you’ll spend depends entirely on you!
Pro Tip: Watch your step when tabletop dancing at Winnie’s…
5. Try the Teapots at World Bar
The World bar made its name as the go-to spot for reasonably priced drinks, great crowds, good times and the notoriously good teapot cocktails. The venue may have moved, but the teapots still knock your socks off.
Go For: Teapots, DJs & live music, great food at fair prices.
Cost: $$— pints can be had for less than $10, cocktails and teapots under $20, with meals around the $22 mark. Top value.
Pro Tip: Don’t be fooled by the sweet taste of the teapot, they pack a wallop!
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