Cuisine: European, Fine Dining
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

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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The Happening Bar and Kitchen
Cuisine: European, Fine Dining
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Elegant decor, enjoyed the well presented and tasty food, friendly staff but place was a little cold and lacked atmosphere.

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Andrea Dobbie

Excellent food and service was great. Atmosphere very pleasant.

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Great decor My entree of charcoal prawns and scallops was amazing. My partner had the pate and that was equally as good. I ordered the lamb for main which was tender and my partner the fish of the day. Will definitely go back and maybe have the prawns and scallops as a main if allowed.

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Great vibe at this restaurant
Really friendly staff
Tasty food and close to Town Hall and Isaac Theatre
Will definitely be back
Good job guys !

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Jacqueline van Vierbergen

Amazing service and good food!

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Paul Jordan

Food was out of this world all cooked to perfection. The waiter just like an old friend with excellent service & decor was serene with no nosey music. We'll be back & recommend this restaurant & bar for fine dining.

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chrissie merritt

Food as always 100%. We were going to the theater so a nice pleasant relaxing dinner with first table was great.

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Trish Pryke

Would definitely go back. Fabulous food and great service. Would highly recommend.

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Great atmosphere. Lovely staff. The king prawn with scallops and chorizo was such a delight!

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Chris Fleetwood

Good food
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Tom Johnston

The service was really lovely, felt great going and would definitely recommend!

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Rose Craigie

Great service as always

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Great service and food. Had a really good time!

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catherine bibbey

Good food and service. Loved the ambience and music selection - very cool!!

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Lovely food and great unobtrusive service.
Would definitely return.

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Anna Brown

Very enjoyable family meal in great surroundings. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly, attentive and very helpful. We really enjoyed our evening and would recommend to others.

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Nick Williamson

This is a very hip venue. We went on a quiet Tuesday but I would love to experience it busy and with music playing. Food good, service excellent.

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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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