Dunedin’s nightspots are up there with the best. Inch Bar is the smallest and quirkiest; Vault 21, Carousel and Toast are generally popular; while Pequeno, Albar and Woof! and Mr. Fox offer cosy sophistication.
Hunker down at Scarfie haunts Starters Bar, try the Speight’s Ale House, Emerson's, New New New, the Craic, or the Duke of Wellington for a true pint.
Dunedin Casino offers a premier experience unrivalled in the entire city for casino entertainment, refreshments and dining. The Casino runs though to Cafe D'oro and the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross which offers guests a truly high-class experience during their trip to Dunedin.
Dunedin is New Zealand’s independent music incubator, and birthplace of the Dunedin Sound. The University of Otago's Radio One station provides information about local nightlife entertainment and events. You can also catch a live act during O-Week, or at the fabled Captain Cook.
Dunedin has a vibrant independent music scene which rose to international prominence through the 1980s and 1990s. Dunedin Sound bands including The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines, Straitjacket Fits, Sneaky Feelings and the 3Ds rocked local, national and international airwaves across America and Europe, all affiliated with the Flying Nun record label.
The city has a bustling mix of professional and amateur theatre appearing at venues ranging from two world-class auditoriums: Dunedin Town Hall and the atmospheric Regent, to thriving local hubs at the New Athenaeum Theatre, The Globe, Allen Hall and the Mayfair Theatre.