A brief history of the Dux de Lux

Since 1978 Dux de Lux provided local and international guests with fuel for the mind and the body, and over the years became an iconic institution within the New Zealand 
hospitality industry. 

Originally situated in the Christchurch Arts Centre which was Canterbury University up until around 1975. The building that housed Dux de Lux was previously the university Student Union building and included the student cafeteria, common room and study rooms.

Dux de Lux included a Seafood and Vegetarian Restaurant, Brewery Bar (complete with onsite brewery),  The Tavern Bar Music Venue, and a Functions venue. In addition to these were our two famous large courtyards synonymous with “beers and food in the courtyard”.

Then known as ‘Micro Breweries’ Dux de Lux added one of the first craft breweries in New Zealand in 1989 and went on to be awarded a plethora of brewing awards year on year for each of our staple brews.

Our Tavern Bar Music Venue hosted many of the country’s top performers and in some cases these acts got their start right in our modest and effective music venue.

New Year’s Eve at The Dux was one of the biggest parties in Christchurch and saw nearly all of the biggest acts New Zealand had to offer including the likes of The Exponents, The Feelers, Salmonella Dub, Shapeshifter, Shihad, The Mutton Birds and many, many more.

“Dux de Lux or ‘The Dux’ was iconic in Christchurch and New Zealand and soon became the perfect place to meet up on Christmas Eve and this became one of the biggest nights of the year.”

Christmas Eve also became an enormous night on the social calendar with returning ex-locals meeting up with friends and family. The phrase “Meet you at The Dux” was echoed around the city simply because everyone knew that a great time was always to be had there.

Dux de Lux hosted the first of what became the World Buskers Festival with a couple of local buskers performing at the top of the stairs and grew to hosting 2,200 guests each night.

Our Seafood and Vegetarian menu offered something for forward thinking individuals and quickly proved that even the hardest carnivore could find something on our menu to satisfy. We have maintained this philosophy at Dux Dine, our multi award winning restaurant on Riccarton Road. At Dux Central we have changed the rules to best suit the more bar oriented atmosphere and have added meat to the menu for the first time in the Dux's history.
Since the life changing event in February 2011 Dux had to take the main components that formed Dux de Lux and relocate each aspect, as finding another all-encompassing single complex simply wasn’t an option. 

2011 - Dux Live was the first location to be secured, mid-way through 2011, and it was instantly recognised as ideal live music venue. Keeping the very industrial aesthetic and incorporating the mezzanine floor we set about transforming the room into New Zealand Best Music and Entertainment Venue as awarded in 2014 and 2015 by Hospitality New Zealand. This venue has seen numerous local and international artists over a multitude of genres. 

2012 Dux Dine. The classic villa that houses Dux Dine was sympathetically converted into what is now a multi award winning Seafood and Vegetarian restaurant, voted The People’s Choice Best Establishment in 2014 and 2015, among other awards. Sourcing our produce as local as possible allows us to offer the freshest product from the land and the sea.


2015 Dux Central. The last piece of the puzzle was Dux Central, a four bar complex including a Brew Bar - Craft Beer bar, The Emerald Room - Wine Bar, The Poplar Social Club - Speakeasy Cocktail lounge, and Upper Dux - functions and dining space.