Where to drink wine in Wellington

Located between two of New Zealand’s key wine regions, Martinborough and Marlborough, here's where to find your new favourite wine

Puffin

60 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Low-fi meets luxury at this hideaway bar on the ground floor of a boutique hotel on Ghuznee Street. The interior glows with emerald green velvet, brass fittings and chandeliers in contrast to the exposed concrete walls.

Puffin focuses on organic and minimal intervention wines, alongside a thoughtful menu of charcuterie and cheese, oysters and small plates. They also do a mean classic cocktail and there's beer on tap.

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Puffin Wine Bar bar tenders standing behind bar pouring a beer from the tap
Puffin WIne Bar red wine in glass on bar counter
The Puffin WIne bar - interior view of the bar
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WBC seafood
WBC customers

WBC

107 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Specialising in nose-to-tail and fin-to-fin eating, WBC is a popular restaurant that tries to use every part of the best-quality New Zealand meat, seafood and fresh produce they cook with.

Brightly coloured patches of chalk paint on the walls are updated with seasonal special dishes, new wine arrivals and the line-up of fresh oysters and clams, served on the shell.

The menu has a distinct Asian influence and is made up of small and large plates that are best shared by the table – the chilled Goan raw fish curry served with poppadom is a highlight.

Located in the former factory space of the Wellington Boot Company, the elegant restaurant space is dominated by large windows looking out over Wellington’s boutique retail district. WBC is a lovely spot for a long lunch or dinner with friends.

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Ascot

2/55 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Only in Wellington: a rooftop bar specialising in wine and hotdogs (as well as vegetarian 'notdogs').

Nestled in a cosy art deco space behind an Edwardian parapet, Ascot is a quirky bar that serves an ever-changing lineup of organic and biodynamic wines from New Zealand and overseas.

Ascot has a sunny outside deck which is a lovely place to be on a sunny afternoon or summer’s evening. Not to mention you can people watch everyone walking down Cuba St.

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Ascott hot dogs in baskets
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Ascott people talking drinking

Le Samourai

45 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Le Samourai opens early for coffee, croissants and croque monsieur. As the day continues, Le Samourai comes into its own as a wine and cheese bar.

Serving mostly French and European wine, Le Samourai also pours some specially-chosen New Zealand wines. To pair with your drink, Le Samourai have an assortment of cheese and charcuterie, plus some French-themed cabinet food. Le Samourai is small and cosy with a few tables and a long window seat looking out onto Tory Street that’s perfect for people watching.

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Le Samourai wine

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