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Specialist craft beer bars

Wellington has a growing number of bars that specialise in serving quality craft beers. The local brews are front and centre, but you can also taste distinctive beers made by independent micro-breweries from New Zealand and around the world.

Malthouse

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Considered by many to be the 'grandfather' of Wellington's craft beer bars, Malthouse has been operating for over 20 years.

They set out to offer local beer drinkers a choice beyond the brewing giants back in 1993, (they were the first bar in the country to serve a then-exotic European drop known as 'Heineken').

Now you'll find 29 varieties on tap and over a hundred kinds in bottles.

Golding's Free Dive

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Brash newcomer Golding's Free Dive is hidden away on Leeds St. It's a colourful, warm and welcoming bolt-hole for beer lovers.

Their tap range changes frequently, and you can buy by the jug, thereby mixing old-school Kiwi drinking culture with the new. 

Golding's doesn't have a kitchen, but there is the famous Pizza Pomodoro just across the way and you can order at the bar and have it delivered to your table!

Rogue and Vagabond

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Expect live music, pizza and local art donning the walls. If it's a nice day we recommend taking your craft beer outdoors and lounging in Glover Park on Rogue and Vagabond's plush beanbags. 

Hashigo Zake

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In the premises of a former after-hours policeman's bar, Hashigo Zake has become an underground haven for the serious beer fan.

They make a point of always having on tap some of the most distinctively interesting brews in the city, sourced from around the Pacific rim.

The knowledgeable and friendly staff are so happy to share their passion for beer, and their enthusiasm is so infectious that you'll soon know your IPAs from your ABVs and SRMs. 

The Hop Garden

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On the eastern fringe of the CBD you'll find The Hop Garden - one of the most agreeable places to enjoy a beer you'll ever encounter.

Overhanging vine greenery and natural light create the welcome illusion that you're outside, perhaps somewhere close to the Mediterranean.

The Hop Garden doesn't have a huge rank of taps, so their selection is carefully chosen and regularly updated. Their menu is also very tempting, with a focus on euro-rustic including small tapas plates for sharing. 

Little Beer Quarter

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Tucked away down Edward St, Little Beer Quarter (LBQ to its mates) is not a place you'll likely stumble across.

A fireplace and leather chairs create the mood of an Irish pub while the crates and brown bottles installed artfully on the walls are unmistakeably Kiwi.

Beer-wise you'll find 14 taps, two handpulls and around 100 bottled varieties in the fridge.

Their menu is hearty pub fare, with every dish helpfully pre-matched to a distinctive craft brew. 

Crafters & Co.

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One of the newest entrants to Wellington's craft beer bar scene is Crafters & Co, owned by brothers Spencer & Hadleigh Petherick. 

Crafters & Co  is both an independent bar and off-license, serving a wide range of New Zealand craft brews. They also operate as a daytime cafe and stock a great selection of craft products from local suppliers, including Wellington Chocolate Factory, Six Barrel Soda, Hoot Craft Smoked Chilli Paste, Mamia's Hot Sauce, Glasseye Creek Meat Sauce, MoTown, T Leaf T, and Karamu Coffee. 

The 'Crafters & Co Sunday Sesh' is an all-day happy hour, making it an ideal place to stop for a beer before or after a visit to one of Wellington's markets

D4 on Featherston

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D4 on Featherston is named after the Irish postcode 'Dublin 4'. Trot on up a few stairs off Featherston Street and you're practically in beer heaven.

They've got 26 tap beers, six of which are guest craft taps that change weekly, and of course they stick to the Irish theme, being renowned for their Guinness and Kilkenny.

Over half of the permanent taps are allocated to craft beer, including the likes of the Renaissance Stonecutter, Emersons Bookbinder, Panhead Supercharger and Tuatara Pilsner. Plus they've got over 50 bottled brews in the fridge!

Eateries with craft beer on tap

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Looking for somewhere to eat while you get stuck into craft beer on tap? Grill Meats Beer has heaps of our favourite craft beers on offer to match with a hearty burger or steak.

Looking for somewhere to eat while you get stuck into craft beer on tap? Grill Meats Beer has heaps of our favourite craft beers on offer to match with a hearty burger.

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