Pubs & Clubs in Wellington

THE 10 BEST Wellington Pubs & Clubs

Pubs & Clubs in Wellington

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  • Dianne C
    Waikanae, New Zealand437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is absolutely nothing at street level to let you know that Hawthorn Lounge is one storey up above your head. But here you are, so open the door. Inside you are faced with steep, dirty stairs. Up. On the landing, more of the steep dirty stairs to the left,and something that looks a bit cleaner and brighter ahead. Ignore clean and bright. Go left. Nearly there. Pause. Read the house rules notice - it gives you a sense of how you are expected to behave in this establishment. Inside is a long bar with a wall of bottles and two rather debonair-looking chaps making drinks, stuffed sofas, a few tables, low lighting, soft jazz. It’s a cocktail bar. Or champagne. There is a small menu of their house specialty cocktails, but you could undoubtedly get anything you wanted. We chose one of the house specials. $25. LOTS of alcohol topped with warm cream and probably whisked egg white, which made it a bit fluffy. The charming waitress repeatedly filled our water glasses so we didn’t get plastered. Open until 3am. I am told (not by them) that when the place is full, they close the street level door to save folk the slog up the stairs only to find there are no seats available. Delighted to find Wellington has such a place. A treat.
    Written 4 September 2023
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  • Geridog
    Shanghai, China512 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Johnpinfold
    Cheviot, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly staff, very welcoming and bubbly. Great atmosphere. Free bottle of wine for it being my birthday also so that was a bonus! Mechanical bull provided good entertainment too!
    Written 10 July 2021
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  • Architecture and food
    Wellington, New Zealand762 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great regukar for those of us lucky to be nearby. Grat craft beer and great whiskey - support these guys!
    A very enjoyable catch up in the basement before snother function
    Written 19 April 2023
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  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We popped into Golding’s yesterday afternoon for a drink and enjoyed a fine Hawkes Bay Syrah or two.

    You have to know it there, or just stumble across it by luck - it’s not quite a ‘secret entrance’ but almost.

    The delightfully bizarre interior, whilst quite small, will keep you entertained for you entire visit. I won’t say more, experience it for yourself!
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Julian
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great bar with a huge rage of flavoured spirits. Had the lemongrass and ginger gin and the pink watermelon gin. really tasty although I would probably preferr d with a good quality mixer (where is Fever Tree in NZ except for a he bar next door!)
    Written 15 January 2019
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  • Gary I
    Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly atmosphere with quirky decor. Cocktails were delicious and different. Staff was friendly and helpful. A lovely place to enjoy a night cap or start an evening off.
    Written 21 July 2018
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  • Joakkin
    Tauranga, New Zealand76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best places in NZ to try different beers. Several local ones on draft plus many more imported on bottle. Staff is very knowledgeable and prices are ok.
    Written 14 June 2020
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  • Red997
    Calgary, Canada86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited with friends, its a cool bar and the skull punch was deadly, lol ! Prices are a bit expensive.
    Written 9 August 2019
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  • Mrs Cheese please
    Wellington, New Zealand50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ivy is the only bar I go to as I feel safe and can watch awesome performers, staff are lovely and they always have a smile (even after a long shift) and I never feel out of place at Ivy. Thank you all and I'll be there this weekend
    Written 18 April 2017
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  • MM Halliday
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Being Welsh, I couldn't avoid the experience. I enjoyed my first visit a few years ago, but this time it was very crowded and very noisy. Still has to be a compulsory visit if you're Wesh.
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • Mark H
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is amazing. Great Pinball machines from the past and some of the best recent machines. Lot’s of fun for beginners or those of us who played pinball in our youth. I wish I lived a bit closer !
    Written 24 April 2023
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  • sonricker
    Tuscaloosa, AL97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friends and I fell in love with MiniBar while visiting Wellington, and ti became our go to place to relax and watch some movies at the bar while splitting a few pitchers of cider! All of the bartenders were also wicked friendly, and there are great drink specials!
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • Dr Ruth
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fantastic work do at The Lanes. Great customer service from Reuben via email when organising our event, through to making a mean Mojito for me on the night. All the staff were very attentive and friendly, the food was good and arrived on time and we bowled, played pool and the owner showed a colleague how to play shuffleboard. FUN!
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • Explorer19583453518
    Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While on my weekly commute to Wellington in the 2010s Capital Blues in the Bristol was my favourite haunt.
    Now on my less regular visits to Welly a night at the new location is equally rewarding. I especially love hearing and seeing 'old faces' from super groups from 1960s etc. Food and drinks a well priced and totally enjoyable.
    Written 29 September 2023
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