Blue Smoke

Also known as: Gustav’s

Location: The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston

Current Status: Running!

Active as a live music venue: 2015 –

Bar Manager: –



Capacity: 200

All-Ages: No

Lovely live music venue that replaced Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar within the Tannery complex in 2015. Adjoined to the Tannery complex and next to the Cassels and Son’s The Brewery, Blue Smoke is a reasonably-sized traditional bar with a nice all-wood interior, plus some outside seating.

Regularly holds live music events (taking over from The Brewery, which now appears to function mostly as a bar and restaurant) and has hosted some great events in its short history, including most notable Fred and Toody Cole of legendary US underground group Dead Moon in December 2016.


1874: Building constructed as part of the Woolston tannery complex.

1994: Alasdair Cassel purchases tannery site.

2009: Alasdair Cassel opens the Cassel and Sons Brewery as part of his new retail complex on the old Tannery site, brewing beer and distributing to local outlets.

2010/11: After the Canterbury Earthquakes, the Brewery re-opens as a venue.

2013: Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar re-opens as a new venue within the Tannery site.

2015: Gustav’s becomes Blue Smoke, now a bar and live music venue.

Contact Details

  • Blue Smoke
  • 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

Links [Main Venue Website] [Facebook] [Instagram]