Christchurch is a city to envy, whether you’re in the middle of it all in Merivale, or up in Brooklands. It’s a place with tons to offer, including stunning beaches, a great nightlife and gorgeous people. As a result of all of that, Christchurch hookups are the real reason to love this city.
When you’re looking to get laid, the traditional choice is to hit up your favourite bars. Nowadays, though, with all the different lounges and clubs, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. That’s a big reason why so many locals have turned to Christchurch hookup apps and sites. Unfortunately, even with those tools in your pocket, one-night stands aren’t guaranteed.
There are so many duds out there. It’d be nice to be able to sift the good from the bad, wouldn’t it? We thought so, which is why we assembled this list of the best Christchurch hookup sites, apps and bars. We worked with local experts to put this list together. After all, in a city of 405,000 people, it shouldn’t feel like you’re out in Loburn.
Keep reading for all of our recommendations, then comment to let us know if we’ve missed any good options.
If you’ve been feeling like everyone else is hooking up but you, it’s time to revive your sex life. Come back to life with these Christchurch hookup sites, bars, and apps.
The best Christchurch hookup bars set a mood. From the moment you walk in, you know you’re going to enjoy your time here. They can be bright and bustling, or they can be warm and subdued. And then, they can be The Dirty Land. This sophisticated, well-stocked cocktail lounge is lit by candles and overflowing with sensual ambience.
Mixing an array of traditional cocktails with fun, elaborate drinks with modern twists, The Dirty Land is a drinker’s heaven. It’s also a sure-fire hit with any date or casual companion. The classy décor is a welcoming backdrop, but it doesn’t feel stuffy and stiff like many cocktail lounges. If you’re looking to make a good first impression, you can’t do much better.
A couple of decades ago, online hookups sites were just fledgling tools that barely anyone used. Now, they’re a multi-billion dollar industry with websites and apps all over the world. One such site has been around since the beginning and remains one of the best in the world. We, of course, mean Adult FriendFinder.
On our yearly rankings of the best hookup apps and sites, AFF consistently ranks as the best and most popular. That’s what happens when you amass over 90 million global users and have one of the best search functionalities. Looking for someone nearby, or for someone with a specific kink? Maybe you have a thing for particular cup sizes. AFF will help you find exactly what you want, when you want it.
Another thing we love about AFF? Having been the most-established hookup site since the mid-2000s, AFF works for all users. You don’t have to be a model or flashing six-pack abs to get laid. Also, whereas some sites and apps only appeal to 20-somethings, AFF caters to all age ranges. If you’re in your 30s and looking for someone close to your age, you’ll find them.
It’s entirely about Christchurch hookups on AFF, so everyone knows what they’re in for. There’s a reason most people would choose it over any other site or app. Plus, its browser experience on the computer and the mobile is one of the best.
If you haven’t gotten laid in a while, it’s time to sign up for Adult FriendFinder and get out there. You won’t regret it.
If you’re looking for a slightly livelier scene, how about some live music? Vesuvio Jazz & Tapas Bar in Merivale is a full night of entertainment in one spot. It’s a refined jazz club with European style and plenty of cosy, intimate corners, both inside and outside. Bring someone along as you stop in for a bite or just order a couple of drinks. Let the night flow from there.
Listening to music with a date is always enjoyable, but it can be a risk. Sometimes a band is too loud for you to make any impression, good or bad. The nice thing about a jazz club is the music can fill in the silences without drowning out conversations. Whether it’s a first date or you’re just trying to cut to the chase, Vesuvio is a smart choice.
It’s a cliché that women, like wine, get better with age. But clichés are cliché for a reason, and that’s especially true here. College girls are a lot of fun, but older women are who really get our engines revving. That special class of beauty that the Americans call “cougars” – women over 35 – will rock your world in bed. If that entices you, download Cougar Life.
With over seven million users, Cougar Life is the largest cougar hookup app (and one of our favourites). It’s also the highest-quality one, with dedicated users in cities around the world. We've found it’s the easiest way to meet women over 35, whether you’re a young dude or a refined older gentleman. The fact is, cougars are irresistible at any age, which is why this app has become such a phenomenon.
For women, Cougar Life isn’t just a lot of fun; it’s a miracle worker. Older women often admit that they still feel social stigma against openly pursuing a man for sex. For that reason, the risk of rejection or humiliation is high and highly discouraging. Plus, they’re too busy to spend all night in a bar waiting to get hit on. They’re not flighty 20-year-olds anymore. Cougar Life means these sexually active babes can find an interested partner without anxiety.
For years now, in our annual review of cougar sites and apps, Cougar Life has been a regular presence. It’s an unbeatable resource for all those who know that a woman of experience is as sexy as it gets. It’s also very easy to use. You can find a woman who’s interested in meeting tonight. You’ll also be alerted when your profile is viewed.
We really can’t say enough good things about Cougar Life or think of any reason not to try it immediately. That is, assuming you aren’t intimidated by older women. We hope you’re not, but if so, may we recommend our course on dating women over 30? It’ll give you an immediate boost of confidence. Then you’ll be prepared for the best sex of your life.
Speaking of great sex, how would you like to spend time in one of the sexiest bars in Christchurch? Hidden within a laundromat, Red Light District offers a salacious take on the classic speakeasy den. With a décor that recalls a Chinese opium den, everything about RLD promises a wild night out.
Like any good speakeasy, the moment you walk into RLD, you feel like you’ve entered another world. You’ve been transported from Central City to some seedy establishment 100 years in the past. It can seem a little dangerous, but when was danger ever not sexy? The amazing cocktails and cosy seating will ensure your trip though time was well worth it.
While cocktail lounges and speakeasies are very interesting, we realize they’re not for everyone. Some people aren’t big drinkers or all that impressed by fancy cocktails. Most of the planet, though, can appreciate a good beer. That’s the reason beer gardens have started popping up in cities all around the globe. Christchurch is no different.
In the local scene, Little Neighbourhood Beer Garden is unquestionably the most appealing. This spot has a chilled out, welcoming atmosphere for drinking with friends or meeting new ones. That laid back vibe is not just great for hanging with buddies, though. It’s the perfect environment for chatting up an attractive stranger and leaving with a new friend.
While our town isn’t the biggest in New Zealand, it’s still got plenty of options. Here are a few more ways to arrange Christchurch hookups.
You say you’re more of a wine drinker than a beer or cocktail fan? And you’re looking for a simple but elegant wine bar to take a potential hookup? Well, we’re happy to oblige. The Social Wine Bar at the Crown Hotel is exactly what you need. It’s ideal for when you and your date have one thing on your minds (you dirty birds).
As befits a drinking establishment named Social Wine Bar, the wine list here is extensive. It includes all variety of whites and reds and some nice sparkling options as well. They do serve cocktails and beer if your companion would prefer that. Whatever you’re drinking, this conveniently located bar (in a hotel, no less) is prime hooking up real estate.
There are plenty of Christchurch hookup apps, but none enjoy the name recognition of Tinder. You’ve heard of it. Your parents have heard of it. Every student at the University of Canterbury or CPIT has heard of it (and is currently using it). If there is anyone in New Zealand who hasn’t tried Tinder yet, they must have just woken from a coma.
For the Millennial generation, Tinder was the first app that seemed designed specifically for them. It’s super quick and easy to use, and it puts all the focus on looks over bios. The pictures are all anyone cares about, and for that reason, the userbase is especially hot. Unfortunately, that fact is a bit of a two-edged sword.
For men, if you’re not in the top 15% of looks, matches come few and far between. If you can’t take a sexy photo, don’t expect a lot of interactions. Women in the top 50% of looks get considerable action, but they still have to worry about the age limit. No, Tinder doesn’t have an official age limit, but anyone over 28 sees their matches drop off dramatically.
That is the unfortunate drawback of Tinder: it’s really only for the young and beautiful. On the other hand, if you are young and beautiful, you’ll love this app. You’ll be getting laid left and right. In fact, the most gorgeous women on the app get so many matches, they rarely respond. The constant stream of compliments and messages is satisfaction enough.
Tinder’s unprecedented cultural saturation has led the makers to expand their scope. They now want to get into dating and relationships. If you’re attractive enough, though, Tinder will always be the crème de la crème of Christchurch hookup apps. What more could you need?
Coffee houses and cafés make for excellent alternatives to the usual Christchurch hookup bars. They have calm, casual vibes and don’t care if you spend all day there without spending a ton of money. If you’re not a drinker or just want to take a break from the bar scene, go for a latte. There’s no reason your sex life has to dry up in the meantime.
Christchurch has tons of coffee houses, but our personal favourite is C4 Coffee. There are bigger and more glitzy coffee houses in town, but few as charming. It’s an ideal setting for spending a quiet afternoon getting to know someone. Even if you arrive alone, the casual atmosphere makes it easy to start up a conversation and meet someone new.
A cocktail lounge that focuses on whiskey, the Last Word Feels like drinking in your best friend’s den. Located on New Regent Street, this is the type of place that will quickly become your favourite bar. That’s true whether you’re trying to get laid or not. Of course, the big appeal is their truly impressive whiskey and Scotch selection.
Now, even if you aren’t a big fan of dark liquor, give The Last Word a chance. Its bar is fully stocked and the cocktail menu is eclectic. There are comfy seats inside and a nice outdoor terrace for sipping your drinks and chatting. Plus, if your companion is a whiskey drinker, they’re sure to be in heaven. That should work nicely in your favour.
Have you hit up every hookup bar in Christchurch? The lounges, pubs and beer gardens? You’ve even managed to work through some of the coffee shops? Well, you must feel like you’ve done all there is to do in town, but you surely haven’t. The truth is, Christchurch hookups can be initiated anywhere, at any time. You just need to be open.
When we head down to the Fresh Choice in City Market, we keep our eyes open. Yes, in part for deals on Hokey Pokey, but mostly for beautiful strangers. Everyone has to do their grocery shopping at some point. That means, statistically, the aisles are always occupied by someone looking to get down. Keep your own eyes open and you’ll see what we mean.