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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.

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.

Husk

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.

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. 

Malthouse

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. 

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.

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.

Bethel Woods

With 18 taps of craft beer and cider, you won't be going thirsty at Bethel Woods. Pair your brew with something from their menu of low and slow smoked meats with all the best sides.

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.

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