Backbencher Gastropub & Cafe

Casual Dining Steak Seafood Bar and Bistro New Zealand Pub Burgers
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 beneath the quirky display of puppets adorning this timeless bar restaurant. 

Opening Hours:

Monday - Frdiay:  12.00pm - 8.00pm 

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The pub caters for weddings, 21st’s, Christmas parties, conferences, breakfasts, meetings, wakes, casual drinks and everything in between.

There is capacity for up to 300 people downstairs in the restaurant and bar areas and 110 people upstairs in the private dining rooms and deck.

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34 Molesworth St, Thorndon

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