Here are the best happy hours in Queenstown
In New Zealand’s adventure capital, rum flights, teapot cocktails and New York-style pizza, served against a backdrop of magnificent mountains, mean Happy Hour will never disappoint.
- July 2019
You don’t have to break open the piggy bank for a night out in Queenstown. There are cool bars around the city offering special deals, whether you’re in the mood for a casual beer or a fancy cocktail. Throw in yummy bar snacks, live music and great views and you’ve got one hell of a happy hour.
This little stone cottage with a garden out front is an all-day favourite, from its chill-out vibes in the afternoon to its live music after hours. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or a meat lover (order the brisket) or you’re simply after a post-run tipple – Yonder has you covered. Try and resist their cheesy beer dough balls and wind down with NZD $6 tap beers, wines and spirits from 3-6pm daily. Cocktails join the line-up from 9-10pm.
Grab a spot on the waterfront deck at Little Blackwood and be treated to exquisite views of snow-capped mountains as you imbibe cocktails with a Kiwi twist (you’ve got to try the Manuka Old Fashioned). Scrumptious platters of charcuterie and local cheese compound the problem, so just give in and take full advantage of it all. Daily happy hour from 4-6pm includes a selection of tap beers and wines (NZD $7- NZD $9) and if you fancy creating your own cocktail, have a chat with the team about the Trust Your Bartender offer.
The World Bar
Ski lodge-inspired with an eclectic twist – think teapots dangling above the bar and antlers adorning the walls – The World Bar on Church Street is the perfect après spot situated just steps away from the waterfront. Seven is the magic number here, with NZD $7 house beer, wine, fries and their addictive mac ‘n cheese balls on offer daily from 4-5pm. Add NZD $6 house spirits from 9-10pm and NZD $5 off their quirky teapot cocktails from 10-11pm. There’s live music, a beer garden and a spot next to the open fireplace in the winter.
Habana Boutique Rum Bar
Tucked away in Searle Lane off Camp Street is a little slice of Cuba – rustic, charming and beckoning you to step inside and settle in amongst the old photographs lining the walls and the 70 or so rums crammed behind the bar. It’s perfect for a pre-dinner drink (be warned: the drinks are delicious, making it nearly impossible to stop at one) or stay a little longer and try one of their rum flights. Happy hour is 6-8pm daily and includes NZD $10 Dark n’ Stormy and NZD $12 house cocktails.
Lombardi Bar at Hotel St Moritz
Find a window seat at Lombardi Bar with a view and watch iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw as it chugs across Lake Wakatipu on one of its daily journeys. Otago Hour, all night Tuesdays and Saturdays, and from 5-6pm as well as 9-10pm the rest of the week, has a distinctly regional flavour with Emerson’s beers (NZD $10), local wines (NZD $12- NZD $20) and cocktails using local spirits (NZD $20). Don’t miss the tapas dishes such as lemon caper calamari, pumpkin ricotta arancini and slow-roasted pork belly (three for NZD $30).
No5 Church Lane
For a taste of Central Otago, look no further than this swanky bar off the city’s main drag, Church Street. It’s all about sophistication here as local produce puts the region firmly on the plate and in the glass. Wild hare and caramelised onion croquettes and pinot noir and venison paté are just some of the menu options. Sip on NZD $7 beers, NZD $8 local wines and NZD $10 cocktails created especially for happy hour between 5-6pm and 9-10pm daily. For a walk on the wild side, check out their absinthe menu and spend some time with the “green fairy”.
Fat Badgers Pizza Bar
The badger on the wooden doors marks the gateway to Queenstown’s answer to the New York slice, with 12- and 20-inch pizzas on offer at this Camp Street bar. ‘Appy Hour runs from 4-5pm and 10-11pm daily so grab a booth and choose from NZD $5 tap beer, including their own Badger Beer, house wines and spirits and tuck into their indulgent classic or gourmet pizzas. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives, plus a secret menu, mean there is something for everyone at Fat Badgers Pizza Bar but get there early to beat the queue.