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The Poplar Social Club

Poplar Lane, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-943 7831
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Neat little place. Great cocktails

Little place but so neat. Wonderful service great cocktails. Somthing for everyone and very... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2018
Kelly B
via mobile
Would go back for the bartender

Nice place out of the hustle and bustle, it did take us a wee while to get our drinks but because... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2017
mtcooksanctuary
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Here, at The Poplar Social Club we are completely dedicated to and somewhat obsessed with the craft of the cocktail in an environment with more than a tip of the hat to days gone by when ladies were dames and men were gents. This is a speakeasy, an establishment borne from the time when Prohibition was in force and selling alcoholic beverages was fraught with danger. Speakeasies were unlicensed saloons, so called because of the practice of "speaking easy" about such a place in public, or when inside, so as not to alert passing constabulary or neighbours. Speakeasies sported elaborate warning systems, yet despite these precautions, were frequently raided by Bureau of Prohibition agents and police and therefore required concealed passageways to provide escape. These hidden escapes were designed to lead patrons out to street level up to a block away to evade arrest. Many were so profitable they flourished despite being illegal and secretive. Selective memberships were sold to a "Social Club" as a ruse to purchase alcohol within the establishment.
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Jan 20, 2018
“Neat little place. Great cocktails ”
Jul 10, 2017
“Would go back for the bartender”
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Poplar Lane, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

Little place but so neat. Wonderful service great cocktails. Somthing for everyone and very accommodating staff. Made it a priority to make it a experience not just a drink by showing you making your drink. Where they have the time and it's not overcrowded that...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Nice place out of the hustle and bustle, it did take us a wee while to get our drinks but because of this the barman took our nonalcoholics off our bill. When we did get his attention he gave great service AND made a great...More

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Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Great service, friendly staff Loved the warm atmosphere and knowledgeable barstaff they go above and beyond

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Reviewed April 16, 2017

My partner and I were looking for a place to have a cocktail on a Wednesday night about 10pm. Christchurch is probably not renowned for its mid-week night life but we were disappointed we couldn't get served at the Monday Room because they were closing....More

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Reviewed November 20, 2016

This place, marketed as a "speakeasy" style bar is pretty spot on. The decor is a little hit-and-miss (the lighting, wallpaper, pressed tin bar and blue/green couches are all top notch, but the frosted glass dividers are tacky/naff/gauche). Whatever, we are not here for an...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Dinner here was very good, large portions, I didn't finish my meal. The barman was very helpful, didn't catch his name, medium sized guy with a beard like a rhododendron bush. He made us some great drinks and wine suggestions. The only thing I would...More

Thank Alastair B
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Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We were in Christchurch for the weekend and looking for a bar for a drink before dinner. Wandered down a little lane and spotted The Poplar Social Club. What a find! Small, intimate, great atmosphere with a bartender who really knows his stuff and clearly...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2016

lovely cosy cocktail bar with excellent staff and a great atmosphere for a chilled out evening, great service !!

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Reviewed March 16, 2016

My flatmate and I were out adventuring on a humid Sunday evening and found this place right next to Dux Central. The poplar lane of old may be gone, but the new places popping up there are certainly exciting. We had a couple of cocktails...More

Thank Aimee K
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Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had a meal here on a Sunday evening. The place has some real ambience with a boardwalk empire feel. Meals were perfect, and the staff (possibly owner) chatted to us about the place's background. Will definitely be back, whether it be...More

Thank Kyle W
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