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Cool Change Bar & Eatery

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$$ - $$$, European,
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
+64 6-306 9665
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our drinks ( sat in a sofa in the street!) and meal here - great staff, friendly and welcoming. Quirky interior with 70s Knick knacks - really fun! Lovely steaks, surf n turf etc. Good beer Good choice of wine

Thank AliBar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dining at Cool Change Bar & Eatery recently, I was disappointed with the consistency of what came out of the kitchen. Some dishes were amazingly good eg prawns with chilli, but others were sub par, especially the pork belly. Service was very friendly and the...More

Thank rickshaw317
Reviewed 18 March 2018

Our small group of four people had the privilege to have late lunch at Cool Change restaurant. The place is easy to find, right next to central square of town, plenty of parking spots available and the atmosphere was excellent. Shame we had to start...More

Thank Totti K
Reviewed 16 March 2018

We had some great market fish and wine. It was a nice place thong out and enjoy dinner. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant and bar to other travellers.

Thank Benjamin F
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Great bar , very friendly staff , good atmosphere, set on a corner of the main square In Martinborough, didn’t eat there but the food looked great , worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Thank Withybedwelsh
Reviewed 8 March 2018

Being a local we have eaten here many times. Each time, I don't think we have ever walked out satisfied. The bar scene is always good but the food not so. However...we went to Cool Change last night. Terrific! Well done Jimmy for getting a...More

Thank RVTravelLifestyle
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Had a great night here. Easy vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating. Staff super chilled and generous wine pours kept our table happy. Wine list is a great showcase of local wine. So that’s a nice feature to try the wines you might have missed early...More

1  Thank Ham M
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the lamb dish and shared a large dish with herbs and spices which were well balanced. The staff were attentive even on a busy night after the food and wine festival A little expensive but it is a pleasant venue with 70s music.

1  Thank DREGS
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Loved this funky bar, good beer and wine selection and friendly staff. The decor is really retro and cool. Loved it!

1  Thank Mat B
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Cool Change It's the second night of our honeymoon in Martinbourgh and time for dinner. Quite a few places were closed and looking for a place with vegeterian options we went into the Martinbourgh Hotel. Mushrooms, yuck! So across the road we went and couldn't...More

1  Thank 649skyh
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$26
Bar, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Martinborough
  • Phone Number: +64 6-306 9665
  • E-mail
Why Cool Change? Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept. The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born. Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds. Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.
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