Long gone are the days when Kiwis would nurse a box of Tui or Lion Red on a night out. Now we demand creative brews packed with flavour and intensity.
No place is embracing this move toward ‘crafties’ more than the capital city of New Zealand. It seems every couple of weeks or so there is a new craft brewery opening its doors to thirsty Wellingtonians!
The movement has been pioneered by some creative beer lovers and entrepreneurs who are building Wellington’s rep as a global beer destination. Lonely Planet were even pursuaded to name Wellington as the best beer destination in New Zealand for 2017.
But with so much choice and enough labels to make your head spin, where do you go to find Wellington’s best craft beer experience?
Wellington’s Best Craft Beer Bars
Looking out over the lovely Glover Park, the Rogue and Vagabond crew provide a range of flavoursome craft beers, tasty pizza, and regular live music, all in a relaxed environment. Brews on tap include the Brew Moon Czech Me Out Pilsner and 7% Liberty Sauvignon Bomb IPA.
Address: 18 Garrett St, Wellington
Taking inspiration from the American dive bar, Golding’s pays homage to the neighbourhood bars of North America and Europe. Golding’s serve up a range of wonderful craft beer creations which change every night, including Parrot Dog Pandominium Pilsner and Garage Project Irish Stout.
Address: 14 Leeds St, Wellington
Fork & Brewer pride themselves on the perfect marriage of food and beer. With forty beer taps, a top-flight kitchen crew, friendly staff and a brewery on the premises, Fork & Brewer take Wellington’s awesome beer culture to the next level!
Address: 20A Bond St, Wellington
Husk is an eatery, bar, brewery, and coffee roastery all in one! Their open layout allows guests to enjoy the food & tasty craft beer produced on site whilst watching the production happen right in front of them. Choice Bros is the name of their craft beer label and is known for an innovative and experimental style.
Address: 62 Ghuznee St, Wellington
Hashigo Zake takes the provision of fine beer to new levels. By importing the best range of imported beer from Australia, Japan, and the US, Hashigo Zake is making a name for itself as one of the best craft beer bars in New Zealand.
Address: 25 Taranaki St, Wellington
Just up the road from their brewery is Garage Projects funky little Taproom. With 18 taps and 2 cask lines, others in cans and bottles, and some special tucked away cellar brews, there’s plenty of incredible beer to choose from. Enjoy finely-tuned beers with the perfect gas blend, matched with simple and delicious food.
Address: 91 Aro St, Wellington
Nestled on the lower slopes of Mount Victoria, The Hop Garden is a craft beer bar and restaurant with a focus on New Zealand microbreweries and quality wines. The Hop Garden pour local favourites from labels such as Epic Brewing Company and Boneface.
Address: 13 Pirie St, Wellington
Little Beer Quarter is Wellington’s beer geek heaven with 14 rotating taps, 2 handpulls and over 100 beers in the fridge. LBQ pours the best of the best from NZ’s craft beer scene, alongside great international beer and cider. Match your beverage of choice to their speciality pizzas, tasting plates and seasonal, gastro-pub food.
Address: 6 Edward St, Wellington
If you are after a dedicated craft beer pub crawl, head to craftbeercapital.com and pick up a Wellington Craft Beer Map. Here you’ll find all the craft beer bars Wellington has to offer as well as the latest beer news.
This crawl is best experienced with a group of mates to help share the load of pints, plates of food, and to split the Uber ride home!
Enjoy your crafties responsibly 🙂