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Specialist craft beer bars

Wellington is a beer lover's dream, with plenty of bars serving the best local drops. Lonely Planet even named us 2017's best beer destination in New Zealand - cheers to that.


Considered by many to be the 'grandfather' of Wellington's craft beer bars, Malthouse has been operating for over 24 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 beers on tap and over a hundred in bottles. 

Golding's Free Dive

Golding's Free Dive is hidden away on Leeds St and has quickly become a favourite haunt for locals. It's a colourful, warm and welcoming bolt-hole for beer lovers.

This quirky bar doesn't have a kitchen, but the famous Pizza Pomodoro is nearby, and you can order from the bar and have it delivered to your table.


Tucked away off Ghuznee St, Husk is a new kid on the block in Wellington's brew bar scene.

Husk is home to Choice Bros brewery and Karamu Coffee, combining two of the capital's favourite pasttimes in one great spot.

Rogue and Vagabond

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. You might even spot resident bulldog Bruce.


Hashigo Zake

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

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, and on a fine day the rooftop Top Garden is an ideal destination.

This spot has a carefully chosen and regularly updated tap selection, plus a euro-rustic menu with tapas plates.

Little Beer Quarter

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

This cosy joint boasts 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. 

Eateries with craft beer on tap

gmb 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 or steak, Shepherd has a brilliant selection of brews from around Aotearoa and further afield, and Bebemos pairs beer with spicy South American flavours.

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