The Dux de Lux could be heading back to the Christchurch Arts Centre, but it may takes a few years.
Owner Richard Sinke is keen to reopen the popular bar in its home of more than 30 years, on the corner of Hereford and Montreal streets.
Arts Centre Trust Board chairwoman Jen Crawford said that as repairs to the historic centre were completed, tenants ousted by the 2011 earthquakes would be invited to return.
"We have a very open mind," she said. It was too early to say if the Dux would be able to return soon.
Repairs have begun to the centre, but the project will take years to complete.
Sinke said he had rescued his brewery equipment from the Arts Centre in recent weeks.
The Dux has been using the Wigram Brewery, but Sinke was looking at ways he could incorporate the Dux brewery into one of his Addington bars.
"I don't like these temporary bars because they are only temporary," he said.
"We need a permanent solution."
Crawford said the board was excited about the recently released central-city plan and was "absolutely determined" to restore the historic centre.