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28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-377 4336
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, European, Pub, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located in one of Christcurch's heritage buildings, very pleasant place to have a coffee and overlook the Cathedral when it is repaired.

Thank pnharris
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great place to have a cold one or three. Fantastic location and feel. The staff are excellent, helpful and friendly. I rate this place.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the first time we have visited. Excellent location and a lot of attention has gone into the décor and establishing a distinctive ambience, so the experience starts off particularly well. Has a very good wine list and an excellent selection of beers, including a...More

Thank WingerJack
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived on our first noght from our honeymoon trip to Christchurch very tired and hungry. After looking for several restaurants about to close we found ourselves in front of OGB. We had the best dinner we could imagine. The service was very good, very...More

Thank laraMS25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a breakfast for two on a recent trip to Christchurch. The decor and atmosphere were excellent, wait staff very attentive. Food really good , hot, and tasty.

Thank Kiffinnz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After wandering around city we fancied a refreshment and OGB did not disappoint! The choice of drinks, beers, wines, cocktails were all great. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and cheery. We sat outside on a nice spring day. They have live music some evenings and...More

Thank EnglishHugh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good fun bar. Good beer, wine, food, staff and live music. Great atmosphere and location. The building itself has a great charm, and the staff go the extra yard growing beards and donning the outfits.

Thank Xave77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tried three different dishes which were all amazing. Unfortunately found ourselves in a smoking area without knowing and waiting for drinks while food getting cold. Just bad luck as service otherwise great, just try and get a table near the entrance.

Thank 621georginas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first night in Christchurch in 20 years and we just happened to be staying across the road from OGB. What a find - couldn't believe our luck - sensational service, wine, beer and cocktail lists. We didn't eat there but we did have before...More

Thank deanandkim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent Friday in the city and decided to have some lunch here, and sat outside as it was such lovely weather. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, and our food didn’t take long to arrive. He had the fried chicken burger and I had...More

Thank mooseandbok2006
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
Bar, European, Pub, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
6:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-377 4336
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Designed by Joseph Clarkson Maddison, the historic Old Government Building was built in 1913. Situated on the East end of Cathedral Square, central city, the O.G.B is the perfect stop to enjoy some inner city charm. Keeping with the heritage theme, the O.G.B offers an elegant, friendly, speak-easy vibe. The Bar & Cafe offers a comprehensive menu of platters, tasty nibbles and high quality bar food to be enjoyed with the extensive craft beer and wine list. . The bar also features live music on Friday, Saturday and night and a unique coffee bar window opening out to the courtyard. The newly opened restaurant features a beautiful menu showcasing locally sourced meats and seasonal produce and is sure to cater to everyone. Come and enjoy a bit of 'old' Christchurch city character.
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