By Laura Hall
If the sight of building construction dotted around the city doesn’t induce excitement for what’s to come, you might want to stir up some enthusiasm for the new entertainment and dining precinct in High Street.
The Stranges Lane sign above the exposed brick wall entranceway entices you down the laneway and you’re welcomed to warmth, cosiness and charming venues. Lower 9th Diner, Orleans, and Strange & Co, are the new additions to Vespa bar and Nucleus venues already established in the Stranges Lane complex.
Orleans celebrates the culture and diversity of New Orleans. With its relaxed atmosphere and extraordinary value for money it draws on the city’s character, individuality and incredible sense of fun. Open 7 days from 11.30am for lunch, and dinner with hearty Creole cuisine and liquor.
Lower 9th Diner is the naughty little brother of Orleans opening in the early hours with supreme espresso and waffles, followed by an all day diner menu featuring classic American burgers, all of which is available for takeaway. Hurricane cocktails, pina coloda slushy’s and double brown in a can are just the start of this spot’s obscure offerings.
Strange & Co is a two level venue composing of two bars, views over the courtyard and a mezzanine dining area in a vibrant, industrial setting. It is the largest venue of the three and pays homage to the “past, present and future of Christchurch”. American diner style food and moonshine cocktails are available.
Open weekdays from 4pm and midday through the weekend with DJ’s and live music, licensed till 3am.
Open now, bringing music, food, culture and style back to the CBD.
89 Lichfield Street