The Poplar Social Club

The Poplar Social Club, Christchurch: Hours, Address, The Poplar Social Club Reviews: 4.5/5

The Poplar Social Club
4.5
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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john g
Auckland Central, New Zealand31 contributions
Great Cocktail Bar
Oct 2020 • Couples
Great atmosphere and exceptional barman. Max can not only mix some great cocktails, but his fun outgoing personality made the evening exceptional. Definitely a place to go back to.
Written 16 October 2020
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Andyroogolf
Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
Nice new bar for us to keep going back to
Aug 2020
We needed a nice bar for pre dinner drink just round the corner so gave this place a try, it was that good we went back after dinner and another drink. Max was helpful and my wife has found a new drink! We all enjoyed the comfort and vibe of the place and drinks were great value I thought. Will go back for sure :)
Written 22 August 2020
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Global794102
1 contribution
Great little cocktail bar
Feb 2020 • Friends
We visited this bar after having an average meal at Dux Central next door. This place more than made up for the average service and food we’d received at Dux. Max, the barman, made it such a good experience. He was friendly, charming and very knowledgeable about cocktails. Made us all a drink to suit which were all delicious. Will definitely go back here when we’re next in Christchurch.
Written 7 February 2020
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Jessjeanleka
Christchurch, New Zealand13 contributions
Highly recommend
Feb 2019 • Couples
Was looking for a little quiet bar to have a few cocktails at and was not disappointed. Charles the bartender was full of old school charm and made the best cocktails I’ve had in Christchurch. If you’re looking for that original speakeasy style feel then give this place a go.
Written 14 February 2019
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Chloe
London, UK9 contributions
AMAZING
Jan 2019 • Couples
We absolutely LOVED this bar. Charles the barman was incredible, not only did he make the most amazing cocktails but he played good music and we had an awesome chat. Everything about this bar is perfect. A great way to end our trip in NZ!
Written 30 January 2019
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StephTabone
Pokolbin, Australia9 contributions
Chilled drinks
Dec 2018 • Friends
This bar is cute and small but amazing as its not too loud. Good for some chilled out drinks and nice music! Amazing cocktails and very friendly staff!
Written 28 December 2018
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Trek58873952475
2 contributions
Not open
Nov 2018 • Friends
Was really excited to visit and waited for a while until they were meant to open at 10pm on a Sunday, but got there after ten and they were closed! Was disappointed
Written 18 November 2018
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Kelly B
Christchurch, New Zealand143 contributions
Neat little place. Great cocktails
Jan 2018 • Couples
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 is. We enjoyed our time here and will return.
Written 20 January 2018
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mtcooksanctuary
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
Would go back for the bartender
Jul 2017 • Friends
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 cocktail.
Written 11 July 2017
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Alex T
Christchurch, New Zealand13 contributions
21st
Jun 2017 • Friends
Great service, friendly staff
Loved the warm atmosphere and knowledgeable barstaff they go above and beyond
Written 16 June 2017
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