Nightlife in Queenstown

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:

  • Bar UpUpstairs, Cnr Searle Lane & Eureka Arcade. A boutique nightlife bar, the upstairs bar has a lounge feel about it, warmed by an open fire with a private deck. It has an extensive cocktail list.
  • Bunker BarCow Lane. Hard to find boutique bar on Cow Lane, upstairs with open fires and a private deck. It has an extensive cocktail list.
  • The Find53 Shotover St. Successor to the burnt down World Bar. Another popular backpacker bar, their specialty is cocktail-like drinks served in teapots
  • Guilty BarBallarat Street,  +64 3 409-2178. Heineken Bar
  • LocoShotover St, attached to the base backpackers. Big backpacker bar popular with tour bus groups. Drink specials and theme parties nightly. Not the place for a quiet drink
  • Red Rocks48 Camp St (just off Shotover). Smaller backpacker bar with a ski lodge feel and a deck outside
  • TardisCow Lane. Late night drum and base/dance venue
  • Winnies, The Mall, 7 Ballarat St+64 3 442-8635. 12:00 till late. Later 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.