Christchurch Venue Map

Note: This is a work in progress and will have additional content added both in the Map (i.e. venue images) or in the body of this post (i.e. a list of the venues in questioned, grouped by status etc).

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Location: SOL Square, Central Christchurch

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Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake

Active as a live music venue: 2000’s – 2011

Bar Manager: Johnny Moore



Capacity: 40

All-Ages: No

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.


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