Tom’s Bar – 1a Castle Street

Licence approved – 19 June 2019

I quote the headline in The Echo:

Tom’s Bar given go-ahead for Christchurch despite concerns over 1am closing time

This is what the licensing lawyer said: ‘There have been no issues or complaints since it opened and it has shown everyone what the benefits will be. Mr Owen is a reputable licensed operator and has had no problems operating licences in the past.’

The approved licence allows the bar to sell alcohol and play recorded music from 9am-11pm Sunday to Wednesday, 9am-12am Thursday and 9am-1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The complete article can be read here.


Described as the Roberta building in The Echo, Tom’s Event Bars is hoping to get a licence for their establishment in Christchurch. Not having heard of them, a search quickly revealed that they are a mobile refreshment and function company. It is very impressive, with eight (100%) 5-star Google reviews and an excellent website and Facebook page.

This is from their Facebook site, showing the opening times for w/c 3 June and the licence restrictions.

  • Monday, Tuesday: 9-5.30pm // Food 12-5pm (we will be unable to serve alcohol on these days due to our licence)
  • Wednesday, Sunday: 9-11pm // Food 12-4pm 6-9pm
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9-12am // Food 12-4pm 6-9pm

The header image shows when it was Roberta, and was taken on 13 November 2016 during the Remembrance procession. The picture below shows it as it is now.