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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.

Garage Project Taproom

Just across the road from Garage Project's Aro Valley brewery is their taproom, which boasts 18 taps and two cask lines. This is the best spot to sample GP's creative, daring and delicious brews. 

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

Fortune Favours

Joining a bevy of new joints down Leeds Street, is newcomer to the craft beer scene, Fortune Favours. Housed in an old industrial building, you'll find regularly changing house brews and a simple cheese and meats focused menu.



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 beer drinkers more choice back in 1993 - now you'll find 29 beers on tap and over a hundred in bottles. 

HeyDay Beer Co

Perched at the top of Cuba Street in a garage-turned-brewbar, HeyDay Beer Co adds a touch of whimsy to the local craft beer scene. Decked out with mint green interiors and flourishes of pink (plus flamingos), you'll find in-house beers on tap and plenty of outdoor seating.

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 policeman's bar, Hashigo Zake has become an underground haven for the serious beer fan. Their tap lineup is unfailingly interesting, and their fridges always stocked with the best brews from around the Pacific Rim.

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.

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.

Cocktails more your thing?

If you prefer a classic mixed drink or creative cocktail to a pint, you're in luck - Wellington also has an excellent array of cocktail bars to explore