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

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...

Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Exquisite fine dining opposite Wellington Harbour in this third floor restaurant inside the QT Hotel (formally Museum Art Hotel). Stunning, ornate decor, five-star service and food that looks far too good to eat. With its flamboyant Parisian chic design, marine views, large tables and high-class ambience, Hippopotamus is one of Wellington's most sought-after places to eat. The restaurant off...

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 ...


Dragonfly is a modern Asian restaurant that blends traditional Asian influences with a contemporary twist and a focus on South East Asian food. The restaurant is located in Courtenay Place in central Wellington and the modern cuisine is complemented by the trendy and stylish décor. Sharing is encouraged at Dragonfly and diners are welcome to choose several dishes from a menu that includes spri...

CGR Merchant & Co

Tucked away on Courtenay Place, C.G.R. Merchant & Co celebrates the bravery and adventure of the former ships' captains who sailed around the world looking for new herbs and spices to bring home. The drinks menu features a range of cocktails and a selection of gin and rum enhanced by seasonal and classic infusions. Of course, if you don't fancy anything from the menu you can ask the bartend...

Flamingo Joe's

Flamingo Joe’s is your go-to place for fresh, wholesome food and delicious tiki cocktails. Sitauted on Waterloo Quay, it's the ideal spot close to the railway station, Parliament and the waterfront. Whether you’re wanting to claim a dish for yourself or share with a big group,  we have it.   We've a wide range of options that can meet any dietary requirement, along with a ded...

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