Handpicked by a Wellington Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Bars in Wellington'.

Wellington is packed full of cool bars often tucked away from the main streets. To spice up your night out, we've put together a list of our favourite bars in Wellington.

The Thistle Inn

Historic tavern in Thorndon, minutes from Westpac Stadium. Original features, plus gastropub dining, monthly poetry & quiz nights, function room and boutique conference facilities. The Thistle Inn is New Zealand's oldest surviving tavern dating back to 1840.  Enjoy a cold beer or a local vintage in the beautifully polished interior which effortlessly blends the charm of traditional woo...

The Library

The Library is tucked away in the centre of Wellington's lively Courtenay Place. The name gives the style of the decor away.  It's a cosy, atmospheric bar that is a popular spot to let your hair down. The fun bar offers a good selection of cocktails including the ' Lower Hutt Lemon Meringue' and a 'Watermelon Margarita', along with a carefully selected wine list. The food menu concentra...


Foxglove Bar & Kitchen is a large and spacious bar and restaurant  that overlooks the harbour on Wellington's waterfront.   The ground floor restaurant enjoys expansive views of the harbour and seats up to 40 guests. For larger groups, a table of 14 can be seated on the banquet table. There is also the option of hosting groups and events with a set menu (up to 34 people) in the up...


Passionate and committed to serving a quality selection of beers in the right way. In fact, a huge selection, with over 150 different beers from around New Zealand and the world. Tasty food is on hand as well. The Malthouse strives to offer a diverse selection of beers to suit a variety of palettes. Enjoy sampling pilsners, pale ales and porters from twenty countries. You can savour a decadent ...

Backbencher Gastropub & Cafe

The Backbencher is an historic gastropub situated directly opposite Parliament buildings in the heart of Wellington city. The pub is renowned as the venue of the long running political TV show Backbenches and frequented by MP's. The menu offers an enticing mix of fine local wines, craft beers and delicious dishes priced to attract the quirky mix of MPs and discerning voters who dine ben...

The Bangalore Polo Club

Enjoy food, drinks and a brand of hospitality you won't find anywhere else but the Bangalore Polo Club. There is nowhere else in Wellington quite like the Bangalore Polo Club. Honouring the 150-year legacy of the Bangalore Badgers, this unique restaurant/bar evokes images of the bygone colonial era. The rich and colourful history of the club and its founders - the Count, Brigadier Grimshaw, the...

Hawthorn Lounge

The Hawthorn Lounge oozes style, taking visitors back in time to the sophisticated 1920s surroundings of a gentleman's club. The lounge, tucked away in Wellington's Tory Street, is one of the city's hidden gems and the bar offers a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Snappily dressed staff provide an array of cocktails that can be chosen from a menu or made to order if guests ...

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