Queenstown Travel Guide

Bar Beer Wine

Nightlife in Queenstown is largely about drinking and there are over a hundred licensed premises, with most in the downtown area. It's hard to walk down one of the central streets without tripping over a bar or three. Most bars stay open till around 04:00 and it is lively most nights.

There are cheap bars popular with backpackers and young locals, and sophisticated and expensive wine, cocktail and imported beer bars. Many bars and pubs have sunny outdoor courtyards in the summer months, and roaring open fires in the winter. Major sports events are normally to be found on screen somewhere in Queenstown.

There are two small casinos for adult entertainment.

A selection of some of the most well known places follows:

AltitudeShotover St, attached to the base backpackersBig backpacker bar popular with tour bus groups. Drink specials and theme parties nightly. Not the place for a quiet drink
Bar UpUpstairs, Cnr Searle Lane & Eureka ArcadeA boutique nightlife bar, the upstairs bar has a lounge feel about it, warmed by a open fire with a private deck. It has an extensive cocktail list.
The Buffalo Club8 Brecon StreetPhone: +64 3 442-4144Hours: 16:00 until lateHome of the infamous Buff Ugly dancers, Ginger Wednesdays, Queenstown's only late night bikini competition on Topless Tuesdays and a roaring hot fire to keep you warm in winter.
Bunker BarCow LaneHard to find boutique bar on Cow Lane, upstairs with open fires and a private deck. It has an extensive cocktail list.
Guilty BarBallarat StreetPhone: +64 3 409-2178Heineken Bar
Red Rocks48 Camp StSmaller backpacker bar with a ski lodge feel and a deck outside
TardisCow LaneLate night drum and base/dance venue
WinniesThe Mall, 7 Ballarat StPhone: +64 3 442-8635Hours: 12:00 till lateLater in the evenings this pizza bar turns into a popular drinking spot. Dining, drinking and partying under the sun and stars with an opening roof.
The WorldShotover StAnother popular backpacker bar, their speciality is cocktail-like drinks served in teapots (currently closed following a fire)

source: Wikivoyage

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