Empire Bar & Izakaya | 172 St Asaph Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Empire Bar & Izakaya

172 St Asaph Street

Tel. 03 260 2606

Open Wednesday til Saturday from 5pm until late

Empire Bar & Izakaya is dark and cavernous with nods to Japanese refinement through well-appointed artefacts. A series of intimate booths flank the wall, jewelled with an inferno of glistening red tiles. 

Upstairs you’ll find our VIP bar / function room, bathed in beautiful bright blue, with beverages available from your dedicated bar team. 

Welcome to... Empire Bar & Izakaya.



The Ronin Room can be used for cocktail style functions for up to 50 people.  With your own bar and bathroom facilities, this is the perfect space for your next event.  Please contact restaurant@empirebar.co.nz for further details.


Booth Bookings

Bookings are available online through our website, or by contacting us on reservations@empirebar.co.nz.

Payment for booth bookings must be made prior to arrival / date of booking. We accept Visa and MasterCard .

Booths are bookable from 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  You will enjoy exclusive use of the booth for the duration of the evening, with a dedicated server offering table service.

A booth booking will enable you and your guests to bypass queues (fast track entry), providing you and your guests arrive at the venue as a group.

Bookings 2-4 people

From 10pm Friday and Saturday nights

Silver: $149 (including 1 x btl champagne) – Moët & Chandon

Bookings 6-8 people

From 10pm Friday and Saturday nights

Silver: $249 (including 2 x btl champagne) – Moët & Chandon

Please note that only one bottle will be served at a time for the larger groups.

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Our specialty at Empire Bar & Izakaya is Yakitori.  The traditional form of Yakitori involves using chicken in it’s entire form – chicken thigh, chicken skin, and chicken heart.  We have expanded our Yakitori menu to include other delicious options such as pork belly, scallops, prawns and broccoli with sesame (also known as Kushiyaki).  Try just a few of our Yakitori skewers on your own, or order the entire menu and share with friends.
Our menu is more than just Yakitori, we also serve Izakaya style dishes.  Our Izakaya dishes are designed to be shared and enjoyed by the whole table, much like Spanish tapas. The food is served to your table as soon as it is ready so that it is served in its perfect state.