The Library
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Hidden away upstairs in the heart of Courtenay Place sits The Library. Fun and frivilous cocktails, exquisite and obscure wines, delicious desserts, exceptional cheese and scrumptious savoury snacks make this a great place to meet before or after a show. The Library also has live music every Thursday, Friday & Sunday evening.
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Rob L
Minneapolis, MN63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
It’s trying for that speakeasy ambience I think and it’s a fun little place. The old fashioned I ordered was ok and the food menu is pretty limited to 5-6 things. It’s mostly the ambience that drives people in I would imagine. Nice spot to stop for a drink and conversation
Written 8 November 2023
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Geridog
Shanghai, China445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The most wonderful setting in Wellington and fortunately for us we were treated to a live music performance.
The setting is wonderful, the drinks superb and normally the staff are great.
However the bloke on reception last night was nasty, tried to make us pay for drinks that another group didn’t pay for and became quite obnoxious and physically imposing. Not very pleasant
Written 31 August 2023
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Angela
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Delicious cocktails in a book filled space. What's not to love? Good bar snacks-Halloumi nuggets and plum sauce. Yum. Great and attentive staff
Written 21 January 2023
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Mark R
Gold Coast, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
My partner and I came across this little gem of a place when we were out and about on new years eve. We were a little sceptical at frist but we were both glad that we made the effort to climd the stairs and pop in. It is a magical place, very friendly staff, lovely desserts, great range of cocktails and other drinks on offer with relaxing music and a nice all round vib to the place. I highly recommend a visit.
Written 31 December 2022
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Loud1Canberra
Canberra, Australia315 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Library is a small bar with a quirky style with jazz playing in the background. We had visited many years before and thought it would be good for a cocktail and maybe a shared plate. The bar was just emptying from the lunch/afternoon crowd and we were seated on a nice banquette - unfortunately in full sun in our eyes, quickly rectified by me rather than our server.

The cocktail (a Pink Wednesday) went down well with my wife and a interesting NZ coconut porter for me. The small plate selection was very limited so didn't bother.

A nice place but we found that they weren't particularly interested in us. Maybe not the right demographic!
Written 26 October 2022
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Wayne
Tokoroa, New Zealand105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
The staff were friendly and helpful. 10 of us arrived on the spot and they found space for us. Cocktails were really good, we managed to strike the right time for 2 for 1 price. Table snacks of dumplings and spring rolls were really tasty.
Live music was just starting as we left.
A very cool place to visit
Written 22 September 2022
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ange
Nelson, New Zealand11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Soooo disappointing. We have be going here for the past 4 years- and who knows why...the service is abysmal... it wasn't always this way, but has been getting progressively worse. Most nights you can expect to put your name on a "wait list" to get in (even if the place is half empty with a scattering of reservations - but it's a cop-out with random people being advanced out of turn. The staff have no idea of what's going on and tables are frequently avaliable (vacant) for 30 mins or longer due to what I see as lack of training/staff initiative to seat drink-and-go clients. The lack of skilled Crew who use thier brains is Sad...gosh even just a little staff training on saying a quick hello would make a world of difference.
Having owned restaurants and bars I'm just embarrassed.....for the owners. The $$ they are missing out on is huge!
And the drinks.....standard menu drinks should be just that - get your act together FOH. If you're not being given the training - leave! Go somewhere that gives a "care" about your career. (Apparently strong words aren't allowed on this app)
All in all we won't be back. Tolerating crap for a couple of visits one can do...but the constant demise of etiquette, decent drinks, kind staff interaction and all the basics leave me frankly pissed off.
Get your act together people
Written 1 July 2022
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Sarah
Auckland, New Zealand29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The cocktails here were amazing, the best i've ever had. While the service was a bit slow (at the start) it got better after we ordered our first drink. It's a beautiful spot hidden away which only adds to the experience. Would 100% be back as soon as I'm back in welly.
Written 13 February 2022
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Lynne B
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We’ve been to the Library twice recently - good drinks choice, friendly staff and bookable, so if you are with a group you know you’ll get a seat. Close to a wide range of restaurants too.
Written 31 January 2022
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natchan2022
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Such a good venue. All of the staff were amazing, especially Paige who was our main point of contact at the event. Made for a great catch up with friends. Everyone has commented on how good it was.
Written 25 January 2022
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The Library is open:
  • Sun - Sun 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Mon - Tue 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Wed - Thu 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
  • Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM



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