Islington Tavern Christchurch Guide

Islington Tavern also known as the Swamp is a popular local hangout in Christchurch for a few drinks, sports watching or some pokies gaming. It is located at 670, Main South Road in the Islington area of Christchurch. The Alpine View Holiday Park is a major landmark in the area. Waterloo road and Bicknor street are the roads in the vicinity of the pub.

About the Islington Tavern Christchurch

The pub is open from 10 am in the morning and closes at midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On other days of the week, it opens at 10 am and closes earlier at 9 pm or 11 pm. There is plenty of space around the pub for parking vehicles. The pub also has a provision for outdoor seating in a large area.

The pub was owned by Stephen “Sooty” Moffett for 26 years till 2019. In 2018, he sold it to new management who took over the pub in February 2019. The staff of the pub remained the same and it is popular for its friendly staff. It is affiliated with the Thirty Liquor chain of stores which offer great prices on drinks and their logo is displayed prominently so you can’t miss them.

Since it is also a bottle store, it is able to offer beer, wines, spirits and other drinks to its customers at extremely low rates. It is also holding at times a wholesalers liquidation sale for beers and wine, so that the customers can get beer, wine at the lowest rates in town.

In the area, the pub remains extremely popular for its sports facilities. It has a large number of televisions installed all over the bar, so that customers can watch their favorite races and other sporting events in comfy surroundings.

For each major horse racing event, customers can pick their winners, and make some money if they choose the right horse. The pub also has complete TAB facilities, so that customers can place bet on their favorite horses for the races. There are gaming machines installed for customers who like a game of pokies. A super Karaoke facility is also available for music singing lovers.

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Eats and Menu Items of Note

All meals like breakfast, dinner, lunch, coffer and drinks are served at the pub. Groups should reserve tables to avoid waiting. Families can bring their children along. Walk in customers are also welcome. Home delivery of food is offered to the customers, and they order take-away if they wish.

The pub is very popular for its cheap meals, with the $5 grilled food/roast one of the most popular dishes. Other popular meals at the club are blue cod with chips, steak meals. The Bar meals are available throughout the day, and the menu is available at the bar for the convenience of the customers.

Events and Entertainment

The pub can be hired for holding functions like birthday parties and Christmas parties. It is also holding quiz nights for special events like New Zealand day. The meat raffle on every Sunday evening is very popular with the customers.

A courtesy van service is available so that customers can reach the pub easily and are dropped off at home at night. Special events are held on other days like the Star Wars day which was very popular.

Pokies and TAB Gaming at Islington Tavern Christchurch

The Islington Tavern Christchurch has 18 of the best Kiwi poker machine games for customers, it’s a go-to local New Zealand pokies gaming and TAB lounge venue for some excitement in the Islington, Christchurch area.

*One of  the best local pokies gaming lounges, TAB and sports pub venues in the Islington, Christchurch area*

Summary Notes

The Islington Tavern is a popular place to meet friends and others. Most of the customers are extremely pleased with the service, atmosphere, low prices of drinks and food at the pub plus some great pokies gaming options and a full TAB.

Islington Tavern Christchurch Opening Hours

7 days from about 10am to late


Phone 3-349 7337
Islington Tavern Christchurch Website

Map and address

Islington Tavern
670 Main S Rd, Islington, Christchurch 8042

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