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Smash Palace

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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172 High Street | Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5369
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 seemed to be a muso's pub (which always bodes interestingly) Great place for a sunny... More 

Thank MobileKiwi
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank BonnieJames
Feilding, New Zealand
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79 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 music DJ off to once side sorting out the sounds for the night, also quirky,... More 

Thank Nuttykiwi
Toulouse, France
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 fries. I enjoyed their playlist made of old-fashioned blues. You can smoke at any table,... More 

Thank SanchoDeCuba
Hong Kong, China
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525 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 477 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 Street, cascaded bricks were in neat piles and vacant lots stretched out lazily, yawning their... More 

1 Thank Perry B
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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192 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
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 music and is very trendy - we enjoyed it very much - only drops a... More 

1 Thank Patrick G
Newcastle, Australia
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237 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great place to hang out for a couple of beer, great music, fun staff, good vibe and great drinks. The food choices are good too. When the sun shines, just hang out and have a chat with the guys next to you!

1 Thank Reinhold F
Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This place not only offers great drinks and food for pretty decent prices, it has a pretty nice setting! Great to chill out on a sunny day...love the environment and seeing what people in this town are able to create!

1 Thank BinaNZ
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131 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great bar made out of shipping containers, staff are really friendly great music. Simply an awesome night out

1 Thank Brett H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?