Casa Publica


Hours: Monday12:00 PM - LATE Tuesday12:00 PM - LATE Wednesday12:00 PM - LATE Thursday12:00 PM - LATE Friday12:00 PM - LATE Saturday11:00 AM - LATE Sunday11:00 AM - LATE

Phone: (03) 366 1389

Be transported back to South America at Casa Publica, home to expert bartenders who specialise in rum and craft cocktails, and an exclusive food menu.


Think back to a time when prohibition ruled over America. Dark times for some. For others, a time of opportunity and prosperity. One who seized the moment was Mr Hugo A Chile. Hugo was born 27 June, 1905. He was only 15 when the prohibition came into effect, about the time he was taking over his fathers mini-home distillery. Originally learning his occupation to support the now fatherless family, Hugo generated unthinkable profits by running rum to LA. Back then this journey would take 9 weeks each way, but after the third journey he was able to buy a lorry. After the fifth run he had his distribution network established. He never looked back. When you visit Casa Publica, you’re enjoying Hugo’s world. Come, sit and savour the taste, the obsessions, and the lifestyle of a man whose time begged the bending of rules, a little ruthlessness, a lot of rum, and an insatiable obsession for women’s shoes.

180 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011


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