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Smash Palace

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$$ - $$$
Bar, New Zealand, Pub
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172 High Street | Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5369
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must go to bar/attraction for all visitors to Christchurch it is a true inspiration to see what can be done even in the heart of the City when all around has been destroyed by the earthquake. The staff are friendly and go out of their way to help in any way they can. We will return soon.

Thank BigSnapper
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Smash Palace rise out of the rubble of the Christchurch earthquakes. Originally on a lot near Bealey Ave, it has relocated into the CBD. The bar is a converted bus, and a nearby building provides the kitchen. There is a good selection of craft beers but be aware that prices are high, averaging $12 for a pint from the tap.... More 

Thank AbaddoNZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found the Smash Palace by following the colorful string lights I saw in the distance, and I'm glad I did! The restaurant/bar is outdoors with fires for heat during the cold nights, and they have an indie/alternative vibe that anyone would enjoy! The mulled cider and wine is definitely my go to for drinks, and I had one of... More 

Thank ryan0232016
Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Smash Palace is a bit unusual as the bar is out of a bus! Great concept that really works. Love the atmosphere, friendly staff and would recommend trying the beers the staff recommend. Can't wait for my next visit to Christchurch to go back!

Thank lindagV3395OS
Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for a swift beer before getting the bus. Great bar in a bus! The lighting is lovely and plenty of little gas heaters. Staff were very friendly and chatted to us. Wish we'd have found the place sooner in the evening!

Thank Aoife W
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Where else will you get a pint from a bus but not think this is strange....a perfect summation of Christchurch today....not letting the small fact of a horrible earthquake get in the way of keeping on keeping on....go there now!

Thank peter c
Dunedin, New Zealand
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Interesting bar, very querky centred around an old bus. Could be fun on a nice evening but wouldn't want to go in the rain. Lot of guest beers from local micro brewery's, a bit pricey but ok at happy hour time. Can't recommend the food, burgers and chips only, not very enticing and very slow service. So, good for a... More 

Thank David T
Greater Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great service, and even better food (best chicken burger I've ever had + the Misses was even more impressed by her beef & bacon burger). Staff were very friendly and accommodating to all needs.

Thank MitchyPaul
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Smash Palace looks like a bikie hangout, but they all seem very friendly. The place has great atmosphere and is perfect to sit and relax on a good sunny day/afternoon. The burgers are pretty awesome, especially the Blue Cheese burger - if you like it strong, then definitely get this one. During colder months, they've got mulled cider and wine,... More 

Thank David Y
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This place is nice to hangout afterwork for a beer or for a burger (really good burger). The service is fine even sometimes the personnel bikers are not that smily but they are always respectful and of good advice for the local beers.

Thank Sandrine R

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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, New Zealand, Pub
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?