The Happening Bar and Kitchen

Unfortunately The Happening Bar and Kitchen has closed for business.

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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

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The Happening Bar and Kitchen

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Tracey Ormsby

Fantastic service right from the moment we walked through the door. All of our dinners were delicious as were the desserts that we had. Would highly recommend and would definitely return

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Sharon Johns

OMG this is one situation where the food could have been bad as the service was so amazing! The food was excellent too though so the whole evening fantastic. There was only one guy serving food and drinks and he was so professional and friendly, he was in a suit - added to the ambiance of the place and a real asset to the venue. He never wrote anything down, remembered who had what and was attentive with drinks and clearing the table in a timely manner. Couldn't speak more highly of him, all of us had the same opinion. Would definitely go back. Even the kitchen staff/chef asked us as we were leaving if we enjoyed their fare - team effort - well done!

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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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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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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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Mark Lewis

CJ you are a star, OK so it wasn't exactly busy but our Maitre'd/Waiter/Mixologist CJ had it under control, and we could see that as busy as it may get, he would be coping admirably. Food was just "right up there" as far as we were both concerned, slow cooked Pork Belly with crackle to die for, Canterbury Lamb both perfectly cooked, served on warm plates and presented beautifully, we ordered an odd-ball side of Cuttlefish, and it was a very welcome surprise, spicy, crispy, delicious and the Polenta fries were the best I have ever had. A school night so we just had a beer and a coke, nothing to report there apart from the IPA was wonderfully cold and refreshing. For dessert we had Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake, delish, and Coconut and Lime Madeira Cake, which was a complete knockout, enough for two to share as well, if you are feeling full but in need of something to finish off. First Table deal does not allow discounted access to the full menu, at first I thought it wasn't really fair but, it has left us both with a taste for The Happening Bar, and we will be back to sample what wasn't included in the deal, it does not mean you cant order the dish(es) it just means you cant enjoy the discount.
BETTER THAN BESSIE? Without doubt in my opinion, decide for your self, but don't leave it too long or you wont get in. :-)

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Amber Silbery

Generally I don't review BUT! this restaurant was exceptional. Dinner surpassed my expectations and the customer service reminded me of A+ Melbourne etiquette. wonderful experience.

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The moment you walked into the Happening Bar elegance loomed. From the day-core to the soft music in the background and the waiters fresh and styling uniforms. The service was impeccable and the food beautifully presented and taste amazing! I will for sure be back!

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We ate at the happening on Wednesday and all I can say is that we'll be back. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. The ambiance was pleasant, nice décor and background music. The food...wow, was it tasty. We had the king prawns and duck as entrée, both arrived promptly and full of flavour (the sauce was so tasty). For main we had the venison and the fish....both beautifully presented and delectable. We unfortunately had to run off quickly after mains as we had another engagement, so had to miss out on dessert. Looking forward in coming back again and enjoy a couple of hours of great food and drinks.

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One of the best restaurants I have tried in first table so far. Very friendly staff to welcome with, We tried the happening board for the entree and roasted lamb and venison for our mains. Everything we tried in that menu was full of fresh flavours and delicious. We will definitely go back there. Experience was top notch . Highly recommend it ✌️

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Willem Kortekaas

The food here is delicious, interesting and satisfying. Quite an achievement to hit all three criteria. Entrees were great. Particularly the crunchy black prawns. Followed by the venison fillet, which continued to please with every bite.

The venue is comfortable and the proprietor has a wicked sense of humour. I would dare look for fault in this establishment. I am looking forward to trying their upcoming winter menu, which they’ve already started preparing.

Well done Happening.

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Excellent food and friendly, efficient service. The Quinoa and Feta Falafel Salad was delicious and served with warm pita dripping with yummmy garlic butter. The Happening Francesinha was also delicious. The Dark Ghana Chocolate Tart was a generous serve and the Black Doris plum ice cream was to die for. We thought the servings were all generous and wonderful flavours. The service was wonderful. We will be back.

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Lisa Goodland

A really good dining experience. Entrees and mains were very enjoyable; and the benefit of First Table allowed us to also order desserts, which we all felt were a little underwhelming. However, top pick of the night was the beetroot tart entree (massive and tasty!). Lovely ambience; although the heating could have been a little warmer. Would be interested to go back and try the Butlers Menu.

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Daisy Higgins

Great cocktails, food was delish and service was outstanding! Great evening thanks!!

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Jackie Daniel

First time here and both the service and food was great. I had the venison and it was cooked perfectly. I look forward to coming back.

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Tracey Ormsby

Fantastic service right from the moment we walked through the door. All of our dinners were delicious as were the desserts that we had. Would highly recommend and would definitely return

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Very, very, very good food and service. Would recommend.

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Good food good service

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Garry Thompson

Our second visit. Another incredible meal. Unique menu choices make the evening that much more special. This restaurant is a must to go to.
Only suggestion is maybe a light Sav i.e 25% less alcohol.

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Judy Derby

Excellent food and service including accommodating a 4 year old in anon family friendly restaurant. Thank you

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Cherie Lynn

Suitably fancy but not pretentious dinner for our Anniversary celebrations. The prawns were soft and the crumb was crunchy, the pate was silky and delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive, great night.

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Garry Thompson

Fantastic! Venue (this was once Bell's Auction rooms) is very appealing, added interest factor with local historical small prints around the room. Waiter was excellent with a great sense of humour. Food...….to die for. Very original menu selection, not found elsewhere.
You are missing a real treat if you do not dine here. Casual or special occasion it is perfect and classy. Def call again.

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Great service and great food. Would highly recommend.

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Costa Kerdemelidis

Impecable service and food. Will be back.

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Ainsley Calcutt

Loved the ambience the welcoming team and especially the great discount. Will go back happy to pay the usual price too

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John Hogbin

Very good food, enjoyed the experience

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Darren Beatty

Great

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The venison and fish were divine all those different flavours on one plate. Don't miss a meal here. Service as usual is impeccable.

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Great decor. Great food. We were greeted warmly & looked after & the person doing service was great but very very busy. Another person helping would've been perfect. Will definitely go back.

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Food was very yummy and the service was excellent, had a wonderful time there, would definitely go again

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Sarah Andrews

Absolutely exceptional service and fabulous food!! This was our second time dining at The Happening and we will definitely be back! Great wine and our venison was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend!!!

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Sharon Johns

OMG this is one situation where the food could have been bad as the service was so amazing! The food was excellent too though so the whole evening fantastic. There was only one guy serving food and drinks and he was so professional and friendly, he was in a suit - added to the ambiance of the place and a real asset to the venue. He never wrote anything down, remembered who had what and was attentive with drinks and clearing the table in a timely manner. Couldn't speak more highly of him, all of us had the same opinion. Would definitely go back. Even the kitchen staff/chef asked us as we were leaving if we enjoyed their fare - team effort - well done!

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Had a wonderful meal and were well looked after by a great host. Will definitely be back

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The food was excellent and the service was great. I could not fault anything at this restaurant.

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Hayley Hoskin-Allen

Beautiful food,great service. Was totally empty so we were attended to fully. Dahlia our server was well dressed and friendly. Great selection of drinks. Sadly the parking is little to none,but the walk did us good afterwards. Will definitely return!!

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Being the first guests to arrive the staff were very accommodating, delicious food, beautiful decor & excellent service.

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catherine bibbey

Another fab meal and great service

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Thoroughly enjoyed our meals here - the vegetarian mushroom and the lamb - excellent value and a great venue for dining before the theatre! Good wine selection also.

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Gemma McCombie

Delicious fish of the day and great service

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Meredith Wain

Fantastic as usual, more exclusions than other restaurants but the ambience and service more than makes up for that.

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The 4 of us dining all agreed it was one of the best meals we'd ever had. (and we've all been around for a long time !)
This restaurant deserves to be better known.

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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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