Welcome to The Poplar Social Club
Please make yourself comfortable and be prepared to be transported.
Here, at The Poplar Social Club we are completely dedicated to and somewhat obsessed with the craft of the cocktail in an environment with more than a tip of the hat to days gone by when ladies were dames and men were gents.
This is a speakeasy, an establishment borne from the time when Prohibition was in force and selling alcoholic beverages was fraught with danger.
Speakeasies were unlicensed saloons, so called because of the practice of “speaking easy” about such a place in public, or when inside, so as not to alert passing constabulary or neighbours. Speakeasies sported elaborate warning systems, yet despite these precautions, were frequently raided by Bureau of Prohibition agents and police and therefore required concealed passageways to provide escape. These hidden escapes were designed to lead patrons out to street level up to a block away to evade arrest.
Many were so profitable they flourished despite being illegal and secretive. Selective memberships were sold to a “Social Club” as a ruse to purchase alcohol within the establishment.
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“Little place and so neat. Wonderful service great cocktails. Something for everyone and very accommodating staff. Made it a priority to make it an experience not just a drink by showing you making your drink. We enjoyed our time here and will return.”
– Kelly B
“Great service, friendly staff Loved the warm atmosphere and knowledgeable barstaff they go above and beyond”
– Alex T
“Small, intimate, great atmosphere with a bartender who really knows his stuff and clearly loves his job.
Loved this place so much that we came back later for ports and whiskeys. Highly recommended. ”
10 Poplar Street, Christchurch
(03) 366 6919