Books, cocktails and dessert at The Library
With book-lined shelves, cosy nooks a-plenty and a comprehensive cocktail menu, you’ll wish all libraries could be like this. This is one library where you won’t get shushed and don’t need a library card
Dapperly attired staff – forget turtlenecks and pens worn on a necklace – will greet you at the door and find the perfect spot for you. Brought your book along to read while you sip a negroni? No problem. A date for dessert and cocktails? Right this way. Got a crew together for late-night cocktails? Follow me.
The Library opened in 2009 and has built a reputation for its cocktails and decadent desserts. Award-winning mixologist and man about town, Peter Lowry has been with The Library from the beginning and has become a well-known face for Wellingtonians.
Why a library-themed bar? Peter says that it provides constant inspiration, as well as giving an excuse to have books everywhere. “It suits Wellington as Wellingtonians are just a little bit geeky and the idea of fun, frivolous cocktails that are inspired by your favourite book about zombies, really appeals to them.”
A classic first-time-in-Wellington error is to be asked out to The Library and to head to the actual library, looking for the bar.