The Loaded Hog is a large pub/restaurant located on the waterfront at Prince's Wharf in downtown Auckland.
It offers a big outdoor seating area (facing the wharf), a cavernous interior and an upstairs seating area with a balcony overlooking the wharf.
It is a nice setting in which to enjoy a pub lunch, or just a beer, while watching the world go by and admiring the luxury yachts in the wharf.
The prices are fairly steep and the pub seems to attract a lot of suited and booted professionals during the day, especially at lunchtime and at the end of the working day.
There is an extensive food menu which includes standard pub fare such as salads, sandwiches, soups, steaks and seafood meals.
For me, the main attraction of this pub was its selection of draught beers. Choose from Draught Hog Beer, Draught Hog Lager, Draught Hog Wheat Beer, Draught Hog Dark Ale and Guinness. There is also a selection of imported bottled beers. The various "Draught Hog" beers cost 6 NZD a pint.
Favorite Dish: I visited the Loaded Hog on a couple of afternoons during my visits to Auckland in March and May 2006. On both occasions, I opted for:
Draught Hog Beer - Cost: 6 NZD
This is the closest thing that I could find to British bitter during my stay in New Zealand.
A nice place for a pub lunch or a few beers overlooking the wharf!