Also known as: –
Location: SOL Square, Central Christchurch
Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake
Active as a live music venue: 2000’s – 2011
Bar Manager: Johnny Moore
Tiny bar in the SOL Square laneway run by bar proprietor (and future boss of Smash Palace) Johnny Moore. Cartel was pitched as a Cuban bar.
Always popular (and cramped!), Cartel set a template which Moore followed with the significantly more spacious Goodbye Blue Monday.
As SOL Square was destroyed during the Christchurch Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the site is currently vacant.