The Great DramFest Whisky & Rum Trail

DramFest 2018 saw us launch our first ever ‘Whisky & Rum Trail’ - a guide to take you out and about in Christchurch to some of the best establishments our city has to offer. We’ll be collaborating with some of our favourite spots again for the 2020 festival, coming up with some special tasting flights, cocktails and food pairings.

Full details of our 2020 Trail will be released in the coming months but in the meantime, you can take a look below at what our 2018 trail had to offer:

The Last Word

Along with a vast selection of over 300 whiskies to tempt you with, the team at The Last Word on New Regent Street are putting on a number of special DramFest treats, including cocktails, a boozy gelato bar and pouring some of the finest drams around.

  • Over 300 whiskies on offer

  • Two DramFest cocktails:
    Diplomatico espresso martini, Glenfarclas '105' cocktail

31 New Regent Street
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Casa Publica

With the largest collection of fine rums in New Zealand, Casa Publica is a must visit destination to learn about and explore the diverse world of rum Casa will showcase different rum flights as well as a special whisky cocktail.

  • Glenfarclas '105' Cocktail

  • Four rum tasting flights:
    Diplomatico, Kill Devil, Mount Gay, El Dorado

Corner of Armagh and New Regent Street
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Twenty Seven Steps

One of Christchurch's iconic restaurants, Twenty Seven Steps overlooks the historic New Regent Street, and along with their fine food they are serving a DramFest cocktail and whisky & cheese match.

  • DramFest Whisky Cocktail:
    Peachy Peat

  • Whisky & Cheese Pairing:
    Ledaig 'Gordon & MacPhail' 2005 Hermitage Cask Finish with Tomme de Chevre

27 New Regent Street
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The Grey Robin

For one of the cities most intimate and cosy dining experiences, pop along to The Grey Robin on New Regent Street and enjoy whisky cured salmon as part of their five-course degustation menu.

8 New Regent Street
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Red Light District

Tucked away through the back of an old drycleaners is one of Christchurch's hidden night-time gems. Pop along and try their four special DramFest cocktails, along with some unique whisky and beer matches.

  • Four DramFest Cocktails:
    European Cask, Pioneering Cane, Half & Hauf, Industry Handshake

  • Five Whisky & Beer Pairings

Access through Charlie Winston's of Chealsea Drycleaners
123 Victoria Street
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Cosmoploitan is a cosy new cocktail lounge situated inside the Cathedral Junction, just off the historic Christchurch tramway. Head along to Cosmopolitan for a relaxing and sophisticated cocktail or two.

  • Diplomatico Rum Cocktails:
    The Mistress of the House, The Lady of The House

Located inside Cathedral Junction
113 Worcester Street



Boo Radley's

Boo Radley's boasts the largest bar selection of Bourbon whiskey in NZ, alongside a taste of Southern U.S.A cusine with a Kiwi twist. Live music, sharing plate food and plenty of atmosphere makes Boo a great late-night destination.

  • Barrel-aged whiskey cocktail

  • Bourbon Flight

  • Bourbon & Ribs

Upstairs at 98 Victoria Street
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Whet Drinking Room

With over 150 gins from around the world and a curated whisky, craft beer, wine and cocktail list, WHET is a chilled-out and mellow place to imbibe and unwind looking out over the Avon river.

  • Bourbon whiskey cocktail:
    Papa don't breach

151 Cambridge Terrace
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Caribe Latin Kitchen

WLocated in the bustling Little High eatery is Caribe, bringing the colour, flavour and distinctive taste of Latin American, Caribbean and MExican food & drink to the heart of Christchurch

  • Diplomatico Rum Cocktails:
    Exclusiva smoked old fashioned, Mantuano dark & stormy

Located inside the Little High Eatery
255 St Asaph Street
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Pomeroy's has the largest selection of craft beer on tap in Christchurch, situated in their iconic red brick building on Kilmore Street. Family owned and operated, Pom's serves up great food to go with a pint or two of NZ's finest craft beer.

  • Beer & Whisky Pairings

292 Kilmore Street
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Bringing a touch of European style to Christchurch, Vesuvio has endured as the cities intimate jazz and tapas bar. A great spot to visit for their relaxing atmosphere, great wine, cocktails, whisky & food.

  • Three DramFest Cocktail
    Whisky Business, Coffee Mates, Diplomatic Tears

4 Papanui Road
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