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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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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We really enjoyed our first meal with The Happening Bar and Kitchen. Unfortunately we only had time for mains as we had to be at an appointment, however, our meals came out in plenty of time and they were simply delicious and to a very high standard. We had the Pork Belly and the Lamb dish, we also enjoyed the truffle and parmesan fries. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to coming back when we have more time to enjoy entrees and dessert. Many Thanks!

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Delicious food, mainly entrees as dining was pre show and then returned post show for dessert and coffees. The service was great with a liovely friendliness combined with professional efficiency.

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Cameron Steele

The Happening felt good from the moment we walked in the door. Really excellent service - our host explained the menu thoroughly, and the musician in the corner is a nice touch you don't see too often these days. Apparantly he is there 5 nights each week. The food was delicious, and we thought the drinks were very reasonably priced too. Thanks for a great evening out.

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Our 2nd time here for lunch on first table. We just love it here. The food is so good. The staff are so good and you just can’t fault them. Will be back & we tell everyone to come here.

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Karyn Hooper

Perfect evening at The Happening, great food, faultless service and our host was the most attentive and funny man! Points out of 10? 20!!

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Dennis Shaw

This restaurant in my opinion would be a Master Chef restaurant. The service was absolutely outstanding. The staff were smart and well groomed, with a friendly nature. They were there when you needed them. Moving on to the food. The food was in the class of Master Chef. The food was very well presented and the taste was a brilliant mix of "not sure what" but complimented the food in a beautiful way. It was the best fish dish I had ever eaten. The decor was warm and inviting. Thanks for the great evening.

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Lauren Timblick

Great service and lovely food. We went for lunch and really enjoyed the lunch options. The dinner menu looks divine.

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Michael Cull

Great food, great service will definitely be back 10/10

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Jordz Eades

Two words, absolutely sensational! Right from the moment we entered the restaurant. Our lovely waiter greeted us with smile, followed by a very warm welcome. He proceeded to look after us and other occupants attentively. My friend and I order the chicken salad with wasabi dressing with a side of truffle and parmesan fries. My word were the flavors sensational, the wasabi dressing was exceptionally balanced and the chicken cooked to perfection. This experience is my best to date, incredible food, amazing atmosphere with the most exceptional customer service to match. All round 10 out of 10 ! I highly reccomend!!!

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Olivia Dowd

Our lunch would have to be one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. The food was phenomenal and catered excellently to gluten and dairy free needs, the staff were professional yet entertaining and helpful, and the whole atmosphere of the restaurant with the jazz music and decor was amazing. Could not recommend this place highly enough. Will definitely be returning! If you go, get the loaded fries - you will not regret it!

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Angela Paterson

always a great night. food was superb!

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We had an excellent early evening meal and returned for coffee after our night out. The wait staff were great.

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My wife and I had a fantastic experience at The Happening. It was date night for us and it was the perfect start to the night. The food was exquisite, the menu selection was great and the service was a 10/10. Cocktails were good too! No complaints at all. We will definitely be back again, looking forward to trying the craft beer on offer. Cheers

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First time here. Will definitely be coming again, the food was really good and the price for lunch was really good even if paying full price. Loved the black decor.

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Dyalla Cook

The food - the atmosphere - the music all make for a great dinning experience. Definitely recommend. ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

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Tasty food options and very attentive service.

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Tania Jones

Great food and service. Would definitely go back. Manager was so helpful and felt really looked after. Nice music. Great dining experience.

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Rachelle Clarke

The food and service were both exceptional! We will definitely be back. The cuttlefish is amazing. Highly recommend.

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Beka Haig

Great waiter and great food. Will definitely return

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Mel Geddes

Absolutely loved our dining experience at The Happening from the moment we walked in. The decor is beautiful and the food was amazing! Will definitely be back again thanks for making my birthday evening memorable ❤️

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