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2 of the barstaff at Parrotdog Bar behind the counter, one is pouring drinks, and the other smiling at the camera. The bar and counter are very minimal with a light green and yellow colour palette.

Parrotdog Bar

  • Location

    66 Kingsford Smith Street, Rongotai, Wellington

  • Website

    Parrotdog Bar

Surfers often turn up in jandals with a board under one arm, and dog walkers take their pooches inside and cool off with a beer.

It’s also close to the airport, so you’ll find travellers nipping in for a cold one before or after their flight.

The bar mantra is “come as you are’’, and the eclectic mix of families, beach-goers, locals, and tourists are testament to that. Inspired by traditional pubs, retro decor brings the space to life. Funky wallpaper brightens up the walls, and antiques and taxidermy provide excellent talking points. There’s a pool table to keep you busy, and a window through to the adjacent brewery. Keep an eye on what’s brewing while you take your pick from the bar’s 17 revolving taps.

Bar staff at Parrotdog pour a Takeaway bottle from the tap.

Stomachs are also satisfied at Parrotdog. Giving classic ‘pub grub’ a makeover, take your pick from salty snacks, tasty burgers, and salads.

If you’re looking for something to take home with you, Nice. Takeaway is right next door. The brewery’s cellar door has a generous walk-in chiller stocked with all your favourites. They also encourage punters to bring their flagons to fill from the 10-tap line-up. The knowledgeable staff encourage tastings and are always up for a chat. If you’re looking for a memento of your trip (or a great gift), pick up some branded Parrotdog merchandise.

Parrotdog began in 2011 when three university students — all called Matt — began brewing beer. It wasn’t long before they became one of the country’s fastest-growing craft brewers.

Crowdfunding allowed them to open their seaside brewery, Nice. Takeaway and Parrotdog Bar in Lyall Bay.

2 poeple share a beer tasting tray at Parrotdog Bar, with an Led sign above them that says Nice.