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The Happening Bar and Kitchen

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, European,
165 Gloucester Street | Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-261 9114
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Bar, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
165 Gloucester Street | Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this restaurant a few times during our stay at Christchurch. We travelled to NZ in Sept/Oct 2018 and the online reviews recommended this place to us. We thought to give it a try and we fell in love with the place! From the...More

Thank Thanuri T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was just on point. Service, food, ambiance and cleanliness. Can’t recommend enough . Will be back for sure.

Thank snookiwastaken
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is well flavoured, but a little over fussy, the flamboyant decorations occasionally detracting from the dish itself. The sweets were delicious, but our mains could have been hotter. Attentive service.

Thank R2002MOsaraha
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live in New Zealand only for 3 months a year. It’s nice to come back to Christchurch with amazing hospitality. This is going to be my local for this summer. Amazing service , amazing food .. highly recommend. Bugz you are the man

Thank Culture826616
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Being here few times and i enjoy everytime, love visiting everyone working there as well,amazing service probably the best in town, bugz always keeps the cherry on the top,,,, food is just master chef level, the highlight was brulee when the head chef comes out...More

Thank Simon A
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic service, really well looked after by friendly staff. Loved the music and the food was divine! Thank you so much! A great night out.

Thank L1ndyL0u
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

This dark walled restaurant offered very good service (though a tad lengthy in having our desserts delivered to our table) welcoming and managed to fit us in. Interesting dessert choices and we chose THE HAPPENING - their featured dessert. It didn't disappoint.

Thank gunnfam
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Service was awesome. Food took a while and the taste was ok. I think they cook vege better than meat.

Thank Mingjuan S
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Dinner with friends on a Sat night. Lovely atmosphere but sadly the meals were somewhat of a let down. The pork belly wasn't tender and the portion sizes were quite small. Neither the breads as a starter or the cheeseboard came with cheese knives or...More

Thank MitchandKev
Reviewed 30 July 2018

As a group of 6 we went for dinner on a Saturday night. Our reservation was for 7pm and the restaurant was about half full. We waited about 15 minutes before we got asked for our drinks order, but the service staff came back quickly...More

Thank logan42016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 29
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Gloucester Street | Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-261 9114
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The Happening is the premium bar and kitchen for Ladies and Gentlemen located at the heart of the city centre in Christchurch. The elegant design of our bar together with our European influenced menu and live music on Friday and Saturday nights, will definitely give you an enjoyable night to remember.
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