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Iconic Irish bar turns 21!

Polish your reeling shoes, warm up your blarney, because Christchurch’s very own Irish legend, The Bog Irish Bar is celebrating an amazing 21 years as one of Christchurch’s favourite pubs. The week 17-23 February is packed with shenanigans to honour this milestone achievement.



Twenty-one years ago, The Bog began in Cashel Mall within Christchurch’s pre-earthquake bar and restaurant precinct.

A combination of salvaging, rebuilding and settling the Guinness created the new home in Victoria Street and the loyal and loving customer base were quick to follow.

The Bog has proved the ultimate stayer in a tough market.

“We’ve continued with the Irish theme the whole time – it’s about the warm welcoming atmosphere, the good craic and sense of community, which in turn has created a deep loyalty that’s grown into natural longevity,” business partner, Darryll Park says.

In a time when an alarming number of Christchurch bars and restaurants are popping up and then shutting up shop too soon after, The Bog has noteably remained and has cemented itself as one of the longest-standing establishments in our city.

“Pubs are not about pillars and posts, they’re about people and we’re very proud of the hospitality The Bog has given Cantabrians for the past 21 years,” Darryl says.

A noted venue for live music, many of the groups such as The Jamesons and The Black Velvet Band have been performing at The Bog since its inception.

A comfortable niche for everyone, the crowd spans the gamut from regulars meeting post-work, to late-nighters seeking to dance the weekend away.

The Bog is also a member of the “Guinness Pint Club”, a global network of Irish bars rejoicing in regulars who have drunk 100 pints of Guinness within a 12-month period.

A 21-year milestone is a wonderful piece of good news for the Christchurch hospitality sector.

You’re invited to join the weeklong birthday shenanigans – check out what’s on at


Kickin’ round Kaiapoi

It’s a summer of celebration, concert and community in Kaiapoi this year. Make the most of this little town in the Waimakariri District.



Date: 8 March
Location: Kaiapoi Community Garden

Ten years of anything is definitely worth celebrating and Kaiapoi knows how to do so in style. Birthday cake, live music, activities for the kids and more; who doesn’t love a happy and wholesome day in the beautiful setting of the community garden.
It’s a day for all ages and won’t break the bank because admission is free.

Date: 4 April
Location: Kaiapoi High School

He was the winner of The Voice Australia 2017 and has been making leaps and bounds in the music world ever since. Now he’s bringing his tour across the ditch for an all-ages event.
Just for $33.75 (incl. booking fee) for adult general admission and $23 (incl. booking fee) for students, this is an unmissable event.

Date: Every Saturday 9am to 12pm
Location: Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles Street, Kaiapoi

Taking place every Saturday throughout the year, in rain or shine, this is an event that you’ll want to get to at least once this summer. With fresh, locally grown produce accompanied with a welcoming atmosphere makes for a perfect combination.