The Library

The Library, Wellington: Hours, Address, The Library Reviews: 4/5

5:00 PM - 12:00 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 Tuesday and Friday evening.
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Nelson, New Zealand11 contributions
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
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 Zealand11 contributions
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
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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Jamie H
1 contribution
Jan 2022
My partner and I went to the Library for the Tuesday dessert special. Our waitress forgot one of the deserts and was unapologetic for it, preferring to talk with her colleagues instead. Our waters were never filled and the correct dessert came very late. When we went to pay the waitress accidentally charged us for three desserts as she had forgotten to remove the mistake dessert and apply the dessert special. We were disappointed by her lack of attention to detail and her unapologetic attitude. We actually really like this bar on a busier night but were disappointed by the service we received.
Written 22 January 2022
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LauraDixie1
1 contribution
Jan 2022
I went with my partner on a Tuesday and then again on the 2 for 1 Wednesday with my partner and a friend. We loved going on Wednesday the staff were lovely, we had a good table, and the cocktails were incredible. However I did not enjoy my Tuesday experience. We had a lady waitstaff and she was so rude! They also positioned us in this middle section of tables of two which were SO close to each other it was so uncomfortable. You can’t even hear your partner because all you can hear are the people next to you. I could tell that the other couples felt uncomfortable about it too & it’s not Covid friendly at all!
Written 18 January 2022
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Charlotterose124
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Absolutely loved the atmosphere and the live music. The drinks were delicious, however we did have some trouble ordering and when I asked to order I got sent back to our table to wait, no one came to us for an hour. I don’t think this is a regular occurrence and probably our fault because my last experience here was fab!
Written 20 December 2021
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nicolesuarez
Palmerston North, New Zealand8 contributions
Dec 2021
Went to The Library for Christmas High Tea with my husband. The food was great but some of the drinks mixture was not as well balanced as we wouldve hoped. The tea selection wasn't as nice as it was on mother's day. I just think it was a better experiences all together on mother's day. We had a friendlier server as well that was able to explain everything on the menu on Mother's day than Christmas High Tea.
Written 14 December 2021
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Nathan Matthews
6 contributions
Dec 2021
Twice now we've given this bar a go, and twice we have had bottom-of-the-barrel service. Eye rolls, slamming (literal slamming, so hard it splashed liquid from the table into my face) reserved signs down in front of us and telling us "You can't stand here, there's a wait list", no effort to even be civil, explain how their "seating system" (cough) works, or even act like they wanted to be there.
Why let people in if they can't exist in any of the available spaces?
On Friday night a group of us went in and proceeded to have the worst service I've experienced in any bar ever. Unbelievable. I don't ever get online just to write a bad review about somewhere, but this was so bad I couldn't let it go.
An easy grand missed. Don't bother being in HOSPITALITY if you can't be HOSPITABLE.
Disgusting attitudes creating a toxic atmosphere. Don't waste your money.
Written 13 December 2021
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Discover05376042414
2 contributions
Dec 2021
Food and drink was great and timely. But I would go back time and time again just for the atmosphere and the staff! Both are top class.
Written 7 December 2021
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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