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Wellington's nightlife is best known for its trail of stylish cocktail bars, tucked away in the city's corners. The entertainment district of Courtenay Place is also pumping with dance clubs and Irish pubs, while those looking for live music from local indie bands should head to Cuba Street.
The colourful and bohemian Cuba Street is a place not to be missed in Wellington. You’ll be onto a winner pretty much anywhere you stop. Right in the heart of Cuba mall and down a quiet corridor, you’ll find the iconic Matterhorn. With more awards than you can shake a cocktail at, the Matterhorn is a well known joint in these parts and beyond.
Step into the world of a 1920s gentlemens club at Hawthorn Lounge (ladies are more than welcome too!). Here, a sophisticated and refined cocktail list complement the big band music and the swanky attire of the staff. Across the road and down a quiet alleyway look out for the discreet wooden door to find some of the best cocktails in Wellington at Motel Bar. For something a bit fun, head further down the lane to Alice where Lewis Carroll's beloved fairytale comes to life and cocktails come served in teapots.
The city's entertainment and theatre district is centred around Courtenay Place and Blair and Allen streets. Start with The Library, a lounge bar where rumour has it cocktail vouchers can be found hidden within the leaves of books. Ancestral offers a stylish atmosphere and impressive drinks menu, Malthouse is a must for craft beer fans, and the New York loft-style Apartment and Bangalore Polo Club are also popular spots New Zealand's leading sports entertainment venue, Four Kings, has more than 70 plasma and LCD screens.
When the sun’s out, grab a bean bag at St John’s Bar or an outdoor table at Mac’s Brew Bar. Enjoy 180 degree harbour views at Foxglove and venture through the wardrobe and into the hidden world of Foxtail. Cuckoo Cocktail Emporium is another waterfront favourite, and it’s not just the drinks on offer - the vintage art and furniture is all for sale too.