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Cool courtyards, relaxing rooftops & beaut balconies

You can't beat Wellington on a good day, but you really, truly can't beat Wellington on a good day when you're enjoying a refreshing bevvy in one of the city's many hidden courtyards, rooftop bars or sunny balconies.

Balcony basking at Fortune Favours

Find a spot on Fortune Favours' sun-drenched balcony with great street art views, order a tasting paddle of Fortunes' beers matched to a selection of cheese and charcuterie, and settle in for the afternoon. 

Beers on the grass at St John's Bar & Restaurant

With views across the harbour and a green, grassy lawn, St. Johns is the place to be on a sunny afternoon. Get comfy on a bean bag or canvas deck chair and settle in for some advanced relaxation with refreshing drinks and tasty eats - but don't forget to slip, slop, slap! 

Rooftop refreshments at The Arborist

The Arborist's rooftop garden bar is decked out in recycled pallet furniture for the ultimate backyard vibe. Don't leave without trying their specialty frozen cocktails - the perfect way to cool down on a summer's day. 

Open air craft beer at Heyday Beer Co.

Resplendent in mint green at the top of Cuba Street, Heyday Beer Co. is a brewpub serving up fresh brews made onsite. Sit inside to watch some brewing action or take a seat at one of the communal trestle tables outside and share a jug of your favourite Heyday beer. 

Lush courtyard vibes at Olive

Olive's curiously lush tropical courtyard featuring - you guessed it - an olive tree, is one of Wellington best-kept secrets for those in the know. The garden courtyard is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon, sipping on a chilled rosé and nibbling on some warmed olives. 

Seaside sessions at The Botanist

With a plant-based menu and a lush herbaceous fitout, The Botanist at Lyall Bay is a great spot for a seaside session. Find a spot in their sunny outdoor beer garden and breathe in that salty air while you enjoy a craft beer, botanical cocktail or organic wine.