1 Best Bar in North Island's West Coast, New Zealand

Porridge Watson

Located down a short, plant-lined lane off the arts precinct of Drew Street, a red door marks the entrance of this relatively new Whanganui bar. Open the door, and you'll be met by a large lounge setting that features pinball machines, long tables, lounge areas, leaners, a library, and a couple of stages. Decorations include chandeliers and disco balls, but somehow it seems to work. There is an extensive snack menu, but the main attractions are the wines and craft beers (mulled wine is a popular addition in the winter). Depending on which night you come, you could find anything from a poetry session to a live band or DJ playing.