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NYE 2011/2012 in Christchurch...what's going on?

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Hi everyone,

My husband and I are going to be in Christchurch over New Years eve and we're trying to figure out a fun place to ring in the new year. Some of the places that look like they would be fun that I have been able to find on the internet are still closed from the earthquake. We are looking for a fun, upbeat bar with live music and good drinks. We're in our late 20s/early 30s, so a crowd in a similar age range would be ideal. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. I just got back from a trip to the South Island and had two nights (beginning and end of my trip) in Christchurch and there is not a lot open. The downtown was still fenced in and no one was allowed in. Most buildings are still waiting for approval to rebuild or to be condemed. They said on the radio that they hope to have a decision on all buildings by the end of December.

    That said, we did have a good meal at Leinster Rd Bistro. It was well prepared food, but very simple menu. One chicken dish, one steak, lamb, pasta, etc. It was BYO with a small corkage which was nice. It was a bit of an older crowd, but the meal was a nice way to end our trip.