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“Good beer! Cool venue!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Smash Palace

Smash Palace
Ranked #52 of 968 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: New 'gap filler' bar on the Site of former Saggio de Vino after the earthquake.
Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good beer! Cool venue!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

We really enjoyed getting a beer and people watching on New Year's Eve at Smash Palace. I had to put the bartender in his place because he "warned" me that the IPA was strong (I'm a girl and apparently we can't handle IPA?) but I was just happy to finally have a real IPA! Beer selection was good and thought the bus idea was creative. Relaxed atmosphere with outdoor seating.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank AnneSH811
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Melbourne
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Cool place to check out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Great place to kick back and share a few drinks. The burger was great and the staff were extremely friendly. Loved the atmosphere.

It was a great example of the innovation and creativity that is such a big part of the post-earthquake rebuild.

Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Cursions01
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Melbourne, Australia
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247 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Super Expensive and Can't See Why”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Pop up type bar and snacks - dropped in for a drink and just about died of shock at the price. Finished them and left pronto.

Visited December 2012
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Picton, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

We were down in Christchurch for a few days working and it was close by. Great food, cold beer and great service...............all an Aussie could ask for

  • Visited January 2013
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very unique pub/garage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We walked by this place and had to go in. It's a garage/repair shop and pub on a corner in Christchurch. It is a great example of the spirit of Christchurch making due while they rebuild their city. We had tap beer (a little expensive I thought) and burgers while we watched the mechanic work on some 1930's British Sports racer car and viewed the vintage Triumph motorcycles. We met and drank with 3 locals and it was just what we were wanting to experience. I think this concept could work in other cities, especially cities with a lively car culture.

  • Visited January 2013
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