From brass band to breweries: Waitoa Social Club

The four friends behind Waitoa Social Club used to be in a band. Now they're brewing up a storm and serving their community.

Where

Cuba precinct

Location

175 Victoria Street
Wellington CBD

Leighton Roberts, Tommy Baker, Mark Davey, and John Scully, are the four friends behind Waitoa Social Clubs. Both of their "clubs", one in  Hataitai and one in the CBD, serve 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 plays 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 are bottomless potato chips and popcorn with M&Ms.

The four mates are committed to giving back to their community and frequently host fundraising events in the bar.

 

The beer at both bars is brewed in the Waitoa Social Club suburban brewery in Hataitai, which is a brewery by day and a bar by night. Active members of the community, the four friends often host fundraising events here too. The venue is accessible, and child and dog friendly. They also host a weekly Quiz night (on Wednesdays at 7pm) and show all sports games.

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