Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. Arizona Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    For a bit of Tex-Mex—New Zealand style—plus plenty of great beers, head downtown and make an early start at this bar and grill adjoining the...Read More

  • 2. Bodega

    Dance Clubs

    Local music, couches at the front, and a dance floor by the stage help Bodega pull in a predominantly student crowd. On nights when cheap drink...Read More

  • 3. Dockside

    Bars/Pubs

    This restaurant and bar has a pleasant nautical theme with antique boats hanging from the ceiling. It's a popular watering hole with the locals...Read More

  • 4. Good Luck

    Bars/Pubs

    Although it's right on bustling Cuba Street, Good Luck is a little hard to find. Stairs take you below street level to a club done in the style...Read More

  • 5. Green Man Pub

    Bars/Pubs

    In the heart of Wellington's central business district, this pub is a little bit Kiwi and a little bit Irish. The atmosphere is warm and friendly...Read More

  • 6. Kitty O'Shea's

    Bars/Pubs

    A good-size crowd gathers nightly on Kitty O'Shea's outside veranda; traditional live music is regularly played. ...Read More

  • 7. Malthouse

    Bars/Pubs

    Modern with polished wood and plate glass aplenty, Malthouse's long bar with illuminated lettering is an attractive place to drink a pint. ...Read More

  • 8. Matterhorn

    Bars/Pubs

    The centrally located Matterhorn, which also has a good restaurant, draws a mix of urban hipsters and after-work corporate types with its indoor...Read More

  • 9. Mishmosh

    Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Look for the bright cluster of lights on the overhead awning of this gastropub. It's a popular venue with a lively atmosphere. ...Read More

  • 10. Motel

    Bars/Pubs

    Wellington's hipsters gravitate toward Motel, with its dimly lighted booths. There's an array of cocktails and finger food, plus a DJ who plays...Read More

  • 11. The Grand

    Bars/Pubs

    This well-lived-in spot, once a brewery and then a distillery, has exposed brick walls, timber floors, and four levels with everything from...Read More

  • 12. TSB Bank Arena

    Themed Entertainment

    Headlining tours head to this venue. ...Read More

  • 13. Valhalla

    Dance Clubs

    One of the best places to catch live local rock, Valhalla is a classic hole-in-the-wall: small, dark, and a little seedy, with concrete floors. ...Read More

  • 14. Chicago

    Bars/Pubs

    Late in the evening head to this spacious sports bar on Queens Wharf that hosts boisterous postgame parties, nightly events, and live music...Read More

  • 15. Molly Malone's

    Bars/Pubs

    Of Courtenay Place's Irish spots, try Molly Malone's, a large traditional bar with regular live music and a rowdy crowd, particularly on weekends. ...Read More

  • 16. Sandwiches

    Dance Clubs

    At the bottom end of Courtney Place, Sandwiches has a stylish bar filled with long, black vinyl couches on one side and a dance floor on the...Read More

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