RESTAURANTS & BARS
Restaurants and bars are abundant in Queenstown, Arrowtown and surrounding areas.
You may have already been to Queenstown or this could be your first time.
Gay Ski Week QT have highlighted a few for you and some have specials for GSW QT members. Look for the link on their information or mention Gay Ski Week QT on your booking.
Jervois Steak House ......There are steak houses, then there are steak houses and then there’s Jervois Steak House.
JSH or simply Jervois, as its affectionately know by its legion of ardent fans, was born in 2007 when restauranteur Richard Sigley and Chef Simon Gault hatched a plan to launch New Zealand’s first authentic Steak House.They travelled extensively throughout the United States, researching, sampling and truly understanding what made a great steak house great. It was a grueling trip, but clearly worth the hard work and long nights, as five years on Jervois Steak house still reigns supreme as New Zealand’s pre-eminent restaurant designed to unashamedly showcase meat.
Now it is time to expand. Opening a steakhouse in Queenstown has been a goal for the group since the JSH incarnation, giving Richard an opportunity to get back to his mainland roots.
Fishbone Bar & Grill ...... Air New Zealand In Flight magazine says:
It might be about as far inland as you can get in New Zealand, but Queenstown also happens to have one of the finest fish restaurants in the country. At Fishbone, a bustling bistro in the centre of Queenstown, chef-owner Darren Lovell changes the menu each day, depending on what's available.
This fantastic restaurant is also Gay owned and operated!
Amisfield ...... Amisfield Winery & Bistro. Rated as one of the best winery experiences in New Zealand, located 15 minutes’ drive from the heart of Queenstown, the Amisfield Winery & Bistro overlooks the idyllic Lake Hayes and is a must-visit winery in Central Otago.
Start your visit with an informative wine tasting or simply enjoy single estate cool climate Pinot Noir and aromatic whites with locally sourced, seasonal food, the best that Central Otago has to offer. Choose from the daily changing a la carte menu or indulge in Amisfield’s famous shared dining experience, ‘Trust the Chef' set menu where you will be served a selection of dishes designed to be shared at the table; all dishes are seasonal and chosen by the chef based on the freshest ingredients available on the day. Open 7 Days 11.30am - 8pm, last bookings at 5.30pm.
Barmuda .....Queenstown’s favourite premium bar, ideal for early drinks in the courtyard or a late night party...This opulent bar is an all time favourite for those who enjoy a good party with a bit of class. Barmuda offers different spaces to suit all moods. The well-assembled central bar is often where you find the action, however if you are after something a little more exclusive, the plush lounge is the perfect spot to relax. The courtyard has a roaring open fire and is an inviting space in all seasons.
Ballarat Trading Co ...... Queenstown's Original Gastro Pub. Located in the heart of Queenstown’s Mall, The Ballarat Trading Co. has been described “as like stepping into another world”. Designed by award winning designer Tom Skyring and inspired by an 1850’s trading emporium, The Ballarat, as it is known by locals, is something truly unique embracing the colour of old world Queenstown.
Winnies Restaurant & Bar ...... Queenstown Gourmet Pizza Bar & Restaurant since forever!! We pride ourselves on our relaxed and fun dining experience! Were not just Pizza, our menu's got everyone covered from Salad to Steak! The Amazing Opening Roof gives our central Queenstown Restaurant a unique point of difference. Don't forget, this Queenstown Bar & Restaurant is also one of the hottest spots after dark!
Pier 19 ...... Situated on the beautiful “Steamer Wharf” waterfront in central Queenstown, Pier 19 Restaurant blends a mix of contemporary flavours with classics to deliver a unique Queenstown dining experience. This spectacular waterfront setting offers relaxed alfresco dining or in the cooler months warm intimate seating inside. Karen and Grant Hattaway have combined their talents to deliver “food that is special but not precious”, “the working mans fine dining” adds Karen. With an impressive wine list to match this venue promises a dining experience to remember in New Zealand.
Pier 19 Restaurant, where fine dining relaxes!
Pub On Wharf ...... Queenstown's local Pub. Were Queenstown's home of live music, Mac's on tap and no meals over 20 bucks!
If you're into live music, you have come to the right place... EVERY NIGHT of the week we put the spotlight on a different local band to keep you entertained well through the night. Check out our Gig Guide for who is on tonight! You'll also find the best beer and food prices in Queenstown here at 'POW', as our locals like to call us. Even better, we serve you real pint's of decent beer, not the sissy ones like other bars serve and then have the cheek to charge you full price! So if you're in the mood for a laid back local PUB with great food and beer, here it is!
Wild Thyme Restaurant ...... Savour Wild Thyme's tantalising combination of robust local flavours, contemporary cuisine, and stylish, smart service. Or just relax with a glass or two of some of the region's finest wine. Wild Thyme is open from midday to late, every day, and offers an extensive à la carte menu of quality dishes including NZ beef, lamb, and seafood. With a supper menu and great free live entertainment every week, SKYCITY Queenstown Casino is the perfect place to visit after dark. SKYCITY Queenstown Casino can also cater for groups, either in Wild Thyme Restaurant or in the Summit Room. Set menus and packages are available and can be developed to suit individual group requirements.
Camp Street Brewing Company ...... Imagine sitting, glass of wine in hand, snow cascading from the sky outside as you are warm and comfortable in the ambiance that is CBC. Along with our selections of wine we offer 19 craft and interational beers and ciders on tap with tasting trays available for the indecisive or curious. We are open everyday from 3pm and we offer a great selection of tapas. Monday-Wednesday come and play the 'Stock Exchange' with 'Floating' drink prices. Thursday brings an early start to the weekend with DJ's playing songs that make you want to dance and reminisce. Acoustic live music on a sunday afternoon rounds off the week. Make CBC your apres ski meeting destination CU@CBC
The Blue Door/Saffron/Pesto ...... Located along side Pesto and Saffron restaurants, The Blue Door is the perfect place to start or finish an evening. Experience this intimate bar set behind the infamous blue door. With rustic charm in an historic building, sit by the fire and enjoy the ambience. A must for any visitors to the area!
Gibbston Valley Winery ...... Located in the premier wine-growing centre of Central Otago, the Gibbston Valley Restaurant offers a year-round selection of the best local produce, sourced fresh from local artisan suppliers, farmers and growers. Dine al fresco in our sun-drenched courtyard during our long, sunny summer season, or enjoy the warm ambiance inside during winter. With our diverse menu you can drop in for a coffee and freshly baked muffin, enjoy a light meal or take the time out for a sumptuous three-course meal.
In any season, the ample portions of inspired cuisine with suggested wine matches, and superb service and setting combine to give you a perfect New Zealand wine and food experience. For a lighter lunch or snack, you can try a wide range of locally produced cheeses at the Gibbston Valley Cheesery, adjacent to the courtyard. For the complete taste combination, the Cheesery also offers a range of Gibbston Valley wines to savour with your cheese selection.
For a very special winery experience, a private lunch with our winemaker is the ideal way to enjoy the perfect match of wine, food and great company. The vineyard restaurant is open for lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, daily and availability by request for private functions.
Northburn Station ...... Lunch is available daily from 10.30 - 4.30. Our famous Farm Gate Board, a platter style dish for two or more, includes a delicious selection of Northburn products including cheese, house smoked salmon, smoked merino lamb terrine, chicken and thyme liver pate, hummus, pickles and relishes, all served with freshly home-made breads. We also offer lunch main courses including Merino Lamb, Salmon and Whitebait when in season as well as starters, side dishes and desserts.
The Shed is open seven days a week from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Bookings are appreciated and essential during the summer season.
No.5 on Church Lane ..... No5 Church Lane is renowned for it's world-class cocktail list, unsupassable service and outstanding Thai fusion cuisine.
Adorned with sumptuous fabrics and a mix of modernist furniture and hand picked local art, No5 stands out amongst the most intimate of venues in Queenstown, and offers a contemporary take on classic Thai cuisine with a refined New Zealand twist. Exuding understated luxury, No5 provides a comfortable and sleek environment in which to sample one of the many signature cocktails, delicately designed by the team of expert bartenders, and indulge in the exquisite Thai fusion tapas, dinner and sharing dishes. With a chic yet casual flair, No5 also offers a premium spirit selection, an array of boutique New Zealand artisan beers and a premium cigar range. The extensive wine list offers a range of carefully selected local and international award winning wines with a focus on the local Otago wine region. No5 provides an ideal ambiance for entertaining; from early evening cocktails to late-night gatherings, intimate dining to casual after-work drinks. No5 is open daily for breakfast from 7am until 11.30am, drinks & tapas from 4pm, and evening dining from 6pm.
Devil Burger ..... Devil Burger is Queenstown's top burger bar, offering the best gourmet burgers and wraps in the Wakatipu! Conveniently located on Church St, we have a spacious, comfortable, warm restaurant to relax and enjoy some of our famous burgers.... you can go large with the infamous Mankiller Burger or stick to a classic with the Devil Cheese Burger. At Devil Burger you will be sure to find something delicious to satisfy and delight any appetite. Open Daily from 11am to 4am! Pick up your 'free chips' voucher from the Gay Ski Week QT information desk at The Novotel when you arrive so you can enjoy chips with every burger you try!