Wellington weekend

WOW! It’s Wellington’s best boutique bars

If you are heading to the capital to see the breathtaking World of Wearable Arts show, then you’ll want an equally stunning location for a drink afterwards. Here’s our top three picks

Now in its 28th year, the fabulous World of Wearable Arts hits Wellington this weekend, and promises to be as spectacular as ever. If you're in the capital for the show, why not wind down in one of these great bars after.


Opening earlier this year they describe themselves as ‘Dickensian workshop meets Victorian library’. Tucked away on Edward street behind Te Papa, this decadent bolt-hole serves a range of unique cocktails, and has one of Wellington’s largest selections of New Zealand wine in its temperature controlled cellar.  Feeling hungry? A range of small tasting and larger sharing plates with an Italian influence are served until late.

Havana Bar

Just off Wigan Street, in three 19th century Te Aro workingmen’s cottages, you will find a little bit of Cuba in the capital. Created by the team at Havana coffee works, the bar open in 2003 and quickly gained a cult following, but 12 years on its obscure location off the tourist trail has kept it a local secret, enjoyed by Wellingtonians and the occasional Auckland weekender who has taken a wrong turn. A secluded sanctury with a relaxed but fun atmosphere makes it the perfect place to wind down.

Hashigo Zake

This seven day, 362 day a year operation is dedicated to showcasing the best of New Zealand’s craft brewing industry alongside imports from the Pacific rim. With 11 beers on tap, regularly changing, plus an extensive range of craft bottled beers, you could have trouble choosing a brew to wash down your dinner. That’s a good problem to have, as the menu is just as eclectic as the beer selection, with pies and pork crackling sitting next to noodles, edamame, and octopus dumplings. A fun way to end the day!

Click and Collect

Just one click. That’s all it takes to grab your weekend cocktail essentials from your local Liquorland thanks to Click and Collect.

Simply choose your desired tipples, pay at the quick ’n’ easy online checkout and voilà – your purchases will be ready and waiting for you at your Liquorland store of choice.