WellingtonEat & Drink
Three cocktails and a beer glass are lined up on a wooden bar at Dee's Place located on Cuba Street at Ghuznee Street. A bartender, with a rag on his shoulder is opening a can of beer behind the bar.

Dee’s Place

The capital isn’t known for its subterranean establishments, but this tucked-away bar makes a good case for them. Head down the stairs below the stag head on Cuba Street to Dee’s Place. There you’ll find one of the city’s biggest selections of American whiskeys, interesting cocktails, and plenty of atmosphere.

The menu at Dee’s Place is constantly changing, with the day’s selection written up on the chalkboard behind the bar. Owner TK and his team showcase “interesting stuff that we would like to sit at the bar and drink ourselves.” Wine, beers, and classic cocktails change weekly. The cocktails use new and old techniques, with seasonal produce often a feature.

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Despite being freshly renovated, the space feels lived in and inviting, with lots of timber, rugs, and moody lighting — complete with candles. Wander down in the evening and you’ll likely find yourself parked up at the central bar, which is handmade from native totara. At over 8 metres long, there’s sure to be space to squeeze in with a friend or two. If not, cosy booth seating is perfect for an evening catch up over a cocktail (or two).

TK is a familiar face on the Wellington hospitality scene. He’s spent many years working around the city, from the now-closed Matterhorn, to rooftop bar Ascot. His passion for whiskey started while living and working in Sydney, where he worked at an underground whiskey and cocktail bar.

Dee’s Place is a family affair. TK’s uncle and mum helped him bring the place to life, while the name comes from his great, great uncle.