Chch area peoples -- Saturday night out?

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9 years 7 months ago #33351 by Andrea
DH and I have a chance for a rare evening out (we are SO not night people!) this coming Saturday. Apart from movies (I'm still a wuss about going into cinemas), what else might we find to do? Any good watering holes with good music (we're in late 40s, so nothing wild and hairy)? Non-pretentious places good for hanging out, people watching, having a good coffee? We'll only be out till about 10, and then collecting child from party and going home to sleep. :rolleyes:

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9 years 7 months ago #443021 by Nora
I had a look on the gig guide and the only thing I can see at the right time would be at the 'Astro lounge' which is in that restaurant 'cookin with gas' in Worcester boulevard which has the potential to be in your pretentious category. Anyway, it's a Latin guitarist playing from 6pm and is 'free' but in the context of sitting in a bar with leather lounges, probably buying a drink or two, some light meals/snacks, or having dinner in the restaurant afterwards. The restaurant is excellent but you pay for it. I had a lovely night out there with some work friends last year. I haven't been out to listen to music in chch for years so not a lot of use to you sorry. My husband and I went to the Bon jovi concert when they were touring, that was quite a long time ago. Perhaps going to see the Latin guitarist and having a Pre dinner drink there and then moving on to a more economical meal elsewhere would be a good compromise.

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9 years 7 months ago #443036 by Andrea1
Thanks, Nora -- I found that gig guide as well as a few others and spent some time researching last night. Since we hardly ever get to go out at night anymore (and being that far from town makes it easier to just be hermits!), we didn't want it to be something mundane or just sitting around saying 'uh, what do we do now?' after dropping child off at party.

I didn't see that Latin guitarist one on the Saturday, though, will have to go back and have a look. I did, however, find this: something that won't break the budget and sounds like a nice and early evening out. http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2012/musica-balkanica-choir-presents-seasons-of-the-balkans/christchurch-city#none

I listened to the 2 live pieces on their website, and they sound quite good! We're quite looking forward to it!

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9 years 7 months ago #443039 by igor
Come on Andrea, late 40s is still young for most of us nowadays. I feel young at 46 anyway. A number of the "wild and hairy" bands from our childhood and earlier are still touring to packed venues. I find them far superior to many of the new younger musicians. Guess that's what every generation says though. As Nora says have a squizz on the internet and you are sure to find something you might like.

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9 years 7 months ago #443043 by Flossie
Go to Chopsticks at Fendalton Village for a fab Chinese but book first. Go to the casino and watch people lose heaps of dosh?! Go to the movies, The Palms is really cheap tickets if you book on line.

~Flossie~

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9 years 7 months ago #443066 by Andrea1

igor;442754 wrote: Come on Andrea, late 40s is still young for most of us nowadays. I feel young at 46 anyway. A number of the "wild and hairy" bands from our childhood and earlier are still touring to packed venues. I find them far superior to many of the new younger musicians. Guess that's what every generation says though. As Nora says have a squizz on the internet and you are sure to find something you might like.


Oh, I still like the wild and hairy style from MY generation, but what passes for it nowadays is just loud and boring. That's what I meant. :D TOok my son (then 17) to see The Who in AKL a few years back. Still good, but not the same power as from the first time I saw them, which would have been about 30 years ago (ACK!!!!). Wish more good shows came to the SI, I was seriously spoilt growing up in the SF Bay Area - saw just about everyone you can think of, and tickets were only about $8-$15 bucks way back when. Sigh. Yeah,I have to admit, that makes me feel a wee bit old.

My head is still young, but my body has suffered for a lot of years, and it holds me back and it's really frustrating sometimes.

Anyway, as we said, we are not night people anymore. Been there, done that, have the t-shirts. :p

Quite looking forward to seeing the Balkan folk music peoples on Saturday night, and will make a note of the other recommendations for eateries. LOVE Asian food, so always looking for a good place to eat, thanks, Flossie! Oh, hey, just saw the idea about the casino - that's a good one, must remember it! Not much into gambling, but much more fun people-watching!

Still too much of a chicken to go to the cinema, will get over it one day for the right film, I'm sure! Last time I went, there was a 4.5 aftershock, and I had a panic attack. Haven't been back since.

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