Cuisine: European, Fine Dining
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #19 of 92 restaurants in Christchurch

Style meets substance at The Happening Bar!

This elegant and sophisticated bar and restaurant invites you to put on that suit or dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion and enjoy an evening of indulgence.

Head Chef Scott Buckler's menu features special European-influenced recipes like smoked bacon hock and venison terrine, Akaroa salmon fillet with sauté potatoes and pan roasted Canterbury lamb.

The high quality menu is created with 85% South Island sourced ingredients. 90% of the cocktails ingredients are also local, 95% of the wine list is from New Zealand and 100% of the tapped craft beers are award-winning and made in (you guessed it) New Zealand.

Impeccable service and a regular schedule of live music make The Happening Bar a popular choice for date night.

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The Happening Bar and Kitchen
165 Gloucester Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Tues - Thurs: 11:30am - 2:30pm // 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm // 5:30pm - 1am

Phone: 03 261 9114
Website: www.thehappening.co.nz

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Ranked: #19 of 92 restaurants in Christchurch 19
The Happening Bar and Kitchen
Cuisine: European, Fine Dining
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Darrel Weavers

Welcomed from the moment we walked in and looked after throughout the evening.
A bit of a shame certain dishes were not included in the first table booking for a discount.

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Friendly staff and knowledgeable about the menu. Really enjoyable meal. Restaurant has a good atmosphere.

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Great evening thank you. We were well looked after and everyone really enjoyed their meals.

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Among top places in Christchurch what can I say been a dozen times and always the same.excellent

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Judith Jewell

What an amazing experience. It was my mum’s birthday, and what an amazing way to celebrate!! Starting off with a king prawn entree which was coated in bread crumbs with activated charcoal, I had a focaccia and steak main, while my mum went for the venison. Both dishes were outstanding. For dessert she had chocolate tarts and I had apple strudel which was out of this world. We also had cocktails that both looked and tasted divine. The staff were great and the wait time was reasonable. There was a slight draft as we sat close to the entrance but other than that it was awesome. I’m definitely going back!!

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Aimee Wilkes

Great service, great food. Really friendly staff, clean and tidy.

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Although the 'special conditions' for this booking really do limit the menu choices for dinner at this restaurant we still really enjoyed our meal at The Happening, petite serves big on flavour, we would return.

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Paul Lewis

Great venue. Excellent service and great food. What more do you need!

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Quite delicious! Two of us enjoyed tasting two of the entrees and two had delicious mains. The mains were well presented and arrived so we had time to share a dessert before heading off to the movies.

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We had arrived early door are opened at 530pm, the waiter had seen my husband and I, he came and opened door before opening and showed us to our table. Waiter very professional and memorised our order, we will definitely be returning back, thank you so much for a gorgeous night, the place soon filled up and he was the only waiter, efficient service with a smile, 5 star for sure, highly recommend this place, spectacular food can't fault it. Again thank you for making us welcome.

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The atmosphere was quiet and cosy
The service was prompt and personal with a well presented waiter crouching at the table to take orders and patiently repeating the menu choices for the hard of hearing.
The food was beautifully presented and the shared cheese board delicious.
The duck and salad main also faultless.
The entrees also tasty especially perfectly cooked scallops and prawns and the beetroot tart with a twist cased in thin pastry very tasty
All beautifully presented
Thoroughly recommend
We’ll be back!

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What can I say the Happening never dissapoints and the new chef was fantastic. Book your table now for the tastiest food in town.

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Aylish Gaines

What a great dining experience! The staff were all very attentive, exquisite food (especially the gnocchi) and a very good wine selection. Keep up the great work, it’s so good finding an authentic, quality restaurant in the city. We will be back for sure.

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Fabulous meal with hidden surprises of amazing flavours and tastes. Attentive and warm service. Will go again and highly recommend.

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Paik Davidson

We had a lovely lunch at The Happening Bar, the food was tasty although the selection is very limited. Especially love the lamb wrap and the cuttlefish. Eton's mess was yummy too.

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best place in town for food and service

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Chris Fleetwood

Delicious

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Always fantastic service. Lamb wraps were excellent

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Caroline Mayo

Excellent service and the food was delicious. Love the atmosphere.

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First visit to The Happening with a friend for a first table dinner. The service was excellent as was the food. Will definitely return and recommend :-)

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Pamela Kittelty

Dark and romantic setting when walking in. Lovely lighting. Service was great. Interesting menu. Great for a dining before show at Issac Theatre Royal

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We had the fish and it was beautifully cooked and presented. The staff was attentive and polite. Overall we had a lovely , enjoyable dinner. We highly recommend The Happening bar and restaurant . We will be back.

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Kate MacRae

The Happening is aptly named. We had a fabulous experience there. The food was fantastic and the waiting staff welcoming and professional. Can't wait to go back. Very impressed.

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As normal. A lovely meal at the happening. Menu is a little different from last time we ate there, sadly no salmon but a fish of the day instead. Was recommended a lovely wine with our meal, which we really enjoyed. They cater for a coeliac, so we know it is safe for my husband to eat here.

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Great food and excellent service.

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We were all so impressed with The Happening Kitchen and Bar, we were met at the door and shown to our table immediately as if we dined there all the time. The food was soooo delicious, every mouthful was a taste sensation. The service was friendly, prompt and professional. The restaurant itself has a beautiful ambience as mentioned by others seems a little dark when you first enter but adds to the whole dining experience. We will definitely go back.

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Took friends there for 1st time and there comments all night was unbelievable. As usual what else can I say great service and food really puts the likes of Bloody Marys to shame.

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A very lovely restaurant decor and the staff wonderful

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If you are looking for somewhere for a special night I can highly recommend The Happening Bar and Kitchen. The food was superb and was matched by the service.

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Ashley Konig

Lovely evening, even though it was quite dark inside the atmosphere was still nice. Waiters were super helpful and the food was divine - the favourites were the prawns and the kumara rosti that came with lamb. Top notch.

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Have been many times and as usual superb food and service

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Excellent, warm service. Great food

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Dined here for lunch, perfectly proportioned meal with just the right amount of spice with the chicken and fish dishes we had. Will return.

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Bill Hardie

Delicious food beautifully presented. Excellent and helpful service.

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Cathy White

Perfect for Pre theatre dining as is Located just a short step from Isaac Royal Theatre. Exceptionally efficient, friendly service and meals were beautifully presented and delicious. Affogato was the best way to finish up the whole experience. Will definitely be back. Thank you team.

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Glennis Kearns

This is my second visit to this restaurant and had told the friends that this was an amazing place for not only the food but the service and I have to say we were not disappointed,the staff are very friendly and attentive when you need them the food once again was of a very high standard which made for a very satisfied table of 4 ladies who had a great night at The Happening Kitchen and Bar.We all cannot speak highly enough of this amazing place compliments to the Chef and the staff for a wonderful evening will be back again.

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Hayley Stephens

Loved it, excellent food and great service, will definitely be back.

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Good service, good food. Hope that the bread is too hard next time.

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Debbie Wyatt

Had a lovely lunch at The Happening, great service & an appealing menu. I had the beef wrap & it was delicious I also think I got the best dessert at the table, Deconstructed crem brulee and it looked amazing & tasted delicious. Will definitely return.

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Pam Ferguson

Lovely food & good service

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My 3rd time here. Just love it. It’s just something a wee bit different. Love the total black decor ❤️ The staff really make this place. The food as alway was yumo!

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Fantastic service coupled with great tasting food! Recommend

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Great restaurant! Lamb was cooked perfectly and desert was delicious! Highly recommend. Friendly and very knowledgeable staff.

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very attentive well presented wait staff ensured we had what we needed when we needed it. Water, drinks and food.
recommend the scallops and prawn entree. cooked to perfection. Diverse range of beautiful breads.
The pork belly was melt in the mouth, with splendid flavour. Clearly a primecut of pork belly with no excessive fat. crisp crackling. side salad was just ideal. .the house speciality main was delicious, with a dynamic combination of textures and flavours.
Unfortunately no tummy room for another course, as based on the first two it would have been worth every penny!

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Wonderful start to our evening, pre theatre. Staff were attentive but not over bearing, food was yummy too :)

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Corinne Bolstad

Had a lovely meal celebrating a special occasion with a small group. Staff were extremely attentive but never intrusive. Appreciated the gluten free menu for one guest. All three courses were excellent, and the maitre d's level of service and attention to detail put him in a class above many Chch restaurants. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the venue and will definitely return.

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Angelique Ryan

My husband and I had a very lovely dinner. The food was delicious and the service was great. The staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

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Fantastic food and service and atmosphere - We went for lunch and ordered the meat platter, beetroot & feta pie and the three small share plates with cripsy chicken and chipotle. The food came out in a timely manner, with a beautiful presentation and great balance of flavours. The waiter was very friendly and regularly checked on us to see if we were all good. Will definitely be going again!

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This was not our first visit. It will not be our last. This is a great restaurant. Great food and great staff. What more could you ask.

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Fantastic place. Service was friendly and professional. Food was very good. We will be back for sure.

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