Everybody knows your name: Waitoa Social Club
From brass bands to breweries, the four mates behind Waitoa Social Club are opening a second bar in the heart of Wellington city
Building on the success of their suburban bar in Hataitai, co-owners Leighton Roberts, Tommy Baker, Mark Davey and John Scully, are moving into their new city-based Waitoa Social Club that will continue the approach of serving quality beer in a social, club-like atmosphere.
The four friends are all about beer, but it was brass that initially brought them together. Each play brass instruments and when the group travelled to England for an international brass band competition, the inspiration for a creating social club started to brew. After visiting a band club room in Yorkshire called Dobcross Band & Social Club and seeing people drinking beer, listening to music and playing games together, they decided they wanted to bring that club nature to Wellington.
"We want people to walk into our spaces and not feel like they have to be a certain person to fit in. We’re about quality but no snobbery.
Mark Davey, co-owner of Waitoa Social Club
At the Victoria Street bar, you can choose from a smorgasbord of only Wellington-sourced products – and if that’s not possible, it’s New Zealand sourced. There are 20 taps dedicated to Wellington brewed beers, ciders and sodas. You can find Native Hard Sparkling, ParrotDog, Double Vision and many more on tap.
The collaboration with local businesses doesn’t stop with drinks either. Waitoa has built a passageway to neighbouring Malaysian restaurant Little Penang so you can enjoy their legendary Nasi Goreng or Mee Goreng with a pint of your favourite craft beer on tap in the bar. Fans of snacking will be delighted to hear that there’s bottomless potato chips and popcorn with M&Ms.
The four mates hope that their new bar will become a place of community in the city, and they’re committed to giving back to their community and frequently host fundraising events in the bar.