Wellington Travel Guide

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Wellington has a bustling nightlife, concentrated along Courtenay Place, one of the major streets running from the CBD. It runs through Te Aro and ends in Mt Victoria. The nightlife causes this street to have the highest population density in all of New Zealand on Friday and Saturday nights. In most establishments, drinks are remarkably affordable at about $6, and entrance charges are either nonexistent or minimal. In some of the better clubs reasonable dress standards apply, however in the day the mood is usually extremely casual, with flip-flops (Called Jandals in New Zealand) and even bare feet occasionally accepted (a common Kiwi choice on hotter days). Cuba Mall also features some cool and more alternative bars.

Away from Courtenay Place in the CBD district (Lambton Quay) there are many after work bars frequented by office workers, however this area becomes deserted in the later hours, and thus these establishments usually do not provide all night partying.

Blend Bar118 Wakefield St
Chow & Motel Bar45 Tory StPhone: +64 4 382-8585A combination restaurant/bar and cocktail lounge in one connected unit. Chow is a restaurant & bar serving Asian fusion food, cocktails and Sake. Motel Bar is behind Chow with its main entrance in Forresters Lane. According to worldsbestbars.com it is 5th best bar in the world.
Good LuckCuba MallHidden away down underneath Cuba Mall in the basement of a building. Good Luck can be difficult to spot. With a low roof and dim lighting, it is a cozy place for a winter drink. Also good in summer, it can be a little dark and hot in the warmer summer months.
Hashigo Zake25-29 Taranaki StPhone: +64 4 384-7300Hours: Noon-lateTotally uncompromising beer bar. Local and imported craft beer, wine, whisky and sake.
Havana Bar32a Wigan StPhone: +64 4 384-7041Havana Bar is attached to the popular Havana Coffee Works. Near the top of Cuba St in an old Wellington character house, it is a nice place to listen to some jazz or just relax out in the outside courtyard bar.
Hummingbird22 Courtenay PlPhone: +64 4 801-6336Fax: +64 4 801-6339Hours: Daily 09:00-03:00Live music.
The MatterhornCuba MallThe Matterhorn has been a popular Wellington Bar for many years.
Bar Medusa154 Vivian StThe home of New Zealand's underground and emerging metal and hardcore artists.Formerly known as Valve and Hole In The Wall.
Mighty MightyLevel 1, 104 Cuba StHours: W-Sa from 16:00This is probably one of the most hip and popular places in town at the moment. It often has local and international artists performing. It generally has a $5 door charge on the weekends.
S&M's Cocktail loungeCuba StWellington's only gay bar currently operating is small but packed on weekends especially. Two floors with the lower floor being a sweaty dance floor.
The Southern Cross39 Abel Smith St, Te AroPhone: +64 4 384-9085Hours: c. 08:00-lateRated by Metro as one of the best 5 garden bars in the world.

Wellington is home to a range of good coffee roasteries. Local roasters include Caffe L’affare, Coffee Supreme, Havana, Mojo, and People's Coffee. Below is a small range from the extensive Wellington café scene.

Aro CafOn Aro Street, offering a range of vegan and gluten-free food.
Beach Babylon232 Oriental Parade, Oriental BayPhone: +64 4 801-7717Hours: 08:00-latePrice: $10-30A retro, beach-paradise inspired cafe and restaurant with Wellington's best outdoor dining area. Serves good, retro New Zealand cuisine.
Caffe Laffare27 College StPhone: +64 4 385-9748Hours: MF 07:00-16:00, Sa 08:00-16:00, Su 09:00-16:00Founded by an Italian and with its own roastery that supplies New Zealand coffee to cafs and supermarkets across the country.
DeluxeNestled beside the Embassy Theatre, Deluxe is the ideal pre-movie meeting place, portions are well-sized and the food is tasty.
Fidel's Caf234 Cuba StA popular destination, it is claimed to be one of Wellington's best-known cafs. Has a selection of vegetarian and vegan food.
FloriditasCuba St on Marion SqGood cooking using fresh, locally grown and organic food thats popular among foodies.
Gasolinebetween Woodward St and The TerraceCaters to a largely corporate clientele.
MaranuiIn the surf life-saving club buildings at Lyall Bay (near the airport). Relax in front of a panorama of the beach and the Cook Strait.
Memphis BelleGreat single origin filter coffees from Flight Coffee around the corner.
Midnight EspressoSelection of mostly vegetarian counter food.
Neo Cafe & Eatery132 Willis StA trendy caf offering a delicious variety of cuisine and very good tea.
NikauAt the Art Gallery (Civic Square) - good food, but at relatively high prices.
People's CoffeeExcellent single origin espresso in Newtown. Also, their "Brewtown" next door is a great place to try some filter coffee.

source: Wikivoyage

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