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Queenstown’s social atmosphere is epic, so it’s no wonder there are lots of great bars to check out in Queenstown, New Zealand. This is a complete list of the BEST bars in Queenstown including information on what makes each bar so special.
Queenstown is one of the best places in New Zealand to head out on the town both day and night. The town’s small center is filled with awesome bars. From the humble tradies bar to the more extravagant and luxurious ones, there is guaranteed to be a bar in Queenstown that will suit your taste and style.
On Friday and Saturday nights, thousands of people head out for a night they will (or won’t) remember. But, during the week the party continues as holidaymakers head out for a drink themselves. It’s safe to say experiencing Queenstown’s nightlife is one of the best things to do in Queenstown!
However, the tricky part is knowing where to go.
With so many bars around Queenstown, it can be hard to determine which one you should go to. This can be especially important if you’re not in Queenstown for long! In this blog, I outline all the best bars in Queenstown including what you expect in terms of food, vibe, and atmosphere.
7 BEST Bars in Queenstown, New Zealand
1. Smiths Craft Beer House
Smiths is one of my favorite places to go when I want to try some new beers. These guys change their taps regularly and have a HUGE selection of beers both on tap and bottled.
The best way to describe Smiths is as an old school pub. Wooden Bar, beers on tap, burgers on the menu, and local staff who share your passion for beer. Smiths has a chilled-out atmosphere and you can really come here for a good night out with friends.
Beers do range a lot in price but expect to pay around $8-9 NZD for a good pint of craft beer!
Smiths is a small place but I can’t recommend this place enough if you want to try some of New Zealand’s best craft beers. Also, Bailey has informed me they have the best Poutine she has had outside of Canada as they actually serve it with real cheese curds which is just another reason why it’s made our best bars in Queenstown list!
2. Bar 1876
1876 is a rather large bar located on the edge of the town center. They have a large indoor and outdoor seating area and also have heaters for those cold nights! This famous Queenstown bar is very popular with locals or those on a budget and they offer specials on a very wide range of drinks.
All-day every day you can get $5 beers, wine, and mixers (and between 4 to 6 pm they’re only $4!) On a sunny day, this place gets busy and is the place to be for a good time.
Bar 1876 attracts a very young crowd and if you’re up for a party day or night 1876 is a great choice! At night they often have live music and different food specials!
3. The World Bar
World Bar would be Queenstown’s most trendy bar. I love coming here on weeknights as it always draws a crowd and a good vibe. They have live music as it gets late and have one of the best cocktail menus in Queenstown – my personal favorite is the Crazy Kiwi. This cocktail is made with the local fruit Kiwi and it is delicious!
World Bar also has amazing food that looks more like artwork than edible food. The atmosphere in the bar can be quite loud at night so it’s not for those romantic dates! As I said, this place is trendy and the crowd here is young!
Yonder is another very trendy bar in Queenstown and it’s conveniently located right next to the World Bar. Yonder is actually a café at the front, and bar out the back. I honestly don’t know if I like coming here more for a coffee or a beer, but regardless you can’t go wrong at Yonder.
The crowd here is a little more laidback than World Bar and you will often find lots of people working from their laptops in the designated “workspace”. As we do the same, we love coming here! The bar often has live music and a huge selection of beers and ciders on tap. They also have really great drink specials in the afternoon!
Yonder easily made our list of the best bars in Queenstown!
5. Atlas Bar
Atlas is another craft beer bar in Queenstown. They don’t have a huge menu for food but serve some bar favorites like wings! These guys stock a really good selection of beer that’s constantly changing and serve very boutique New Zealand and local craft beers.
They are located right on the water and this place is perfect on a warm summer day or night out. The small bar makes meeting others easy and the staff knows their stuff when it comes to beer. They also let you taste a range of beers before you buy so you can see what you like and pick tasty beers all night.
Cowboys is a country bar that is usually the life of the party. When other bars are dead Cowboys is usually pumping. This bar is not elegant or fancy, but it is a party place to come and have a night you won’t remember. They also have a mechanical bull that gets fired up most nights and serve 1-litre beers!
When I head out in Queenstown I seem to always end up at Cowboys, but its located right in town so I guess that’s a good thing!
7. Attiqa Wine Bar
Attiqa is an elegant bar located upstairs from the main walking street. It can be easy to miss this place so keep an eye out for a small door near the corner of Mall St and Rees Street.
Attiqa is a bar suited to those who enjoy soft live music and that slightly more luxurious touch!
On the top level, they have the most gorgeous outdoor area that serves drinks with amazing views until 10 pm. Downstairs they are known as the live music bar of Queenstown with a fancy touch.
Attiqa is known for finding very talented local artists who set a really nice vibe and get the drinks flowing. If you like wine then Antique is definitely your top pick as they have a massive selection of wines from around the world. Oh, and they serve, creative cocktails!
Before you go…
It isn’t just the nightlife that makes bar-hopping in Queenstown great, during one of Queenstown’s sunny days, a whole heap of bars become the perfect place to soak up some rays and enjoy yourself in one of the most scenic places in the world!
Queenstown’s day and nightlife are part of the reason why so many fall in love with this rather small town. Across only a few streets, you can find so many different bars to suit everyone’s taste. This list above is our personal favorites with a wide variety of styles. It’s the perfect list for any visitor and a gateway to your own best bars in Queenstown list!