The Bunker

Queenstown-City-Center

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

The Bunker lives up to its name, a cosy, hard-to-find gem discreetly hidden down a dark alley with no signs or advertising.

The Bunker lives up to its name, a cosy, hard-to-find gem discreetly hidden down a dark alley with no signs or advertising. Push your way through the rustic wooden door and inside, though, it’s a delight; as exclusive as a member’s bar, except your fellow drinkers are skiers not stockbrokers. Expect leather armchairs, log fires, ambient music and sexier-than-thou bar staff serving anything from absinthe to whiskey. The food favours game, red meat and local produce, rich in flavour, and there’s a lighter menu if you just fancy some bar food. There’s also a limited late night snacks menu on offer till the early hours if you get peckish later on. There’s an upstairs cocktail bar and a rooftop deck, making it a great place for an aprßs-ski wind down or a romantic date it’s also a popular choice for private parties. There’s an impressive range of cocktails, with Martinis a speciality. Try the Bond-inspired Vesper or From Russia with Love (we’re sorry but we think we’ll pass on the Luxury Belvedere and blue cheese martini, though you might be a little braver than us; likewise the Black Forrest Gateau Martini sounds a little rich for our blood). If a martini isn’t your drink of choice, fear not, there’s plenty more on offer the classics are all here, or try the bar’s newer concoctions. If you’re feeling romantic order a Passion Counts (Belvedere vodka infused with lime and lemongrass and cranberry juice) and or Too Many Kisses (plum schnapps, 42 Below and a variety of fruits). There’s a decent range of wines and spirits on offer, and the place also sells cigars.

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