Nightclubs and bars in Wellington

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    Courtenay Quarter

    by wkcsmt Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Courtenay Quarter more than lives up to its reputation as Wellington's entertainment zone. It is renown as NZ's only true restaurant precinct & one of the city's most popular dining areas. It is also the best-known club precinct. This quarter is a 24 hour experience, from early morning brunch to shopping, lattes to champagne, innovative theatre to blockbuster movies. It is home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

    Nightlife comes in many flavours... So, stay pumping throughout the night

    Bars / Pubs
    • Irish music, eg. Molly Malones, Kitty O'Shea's
    • Live band / music / entertainment, eg. The Grand, Opera Bar, Wellington Sports Café...
    • Jazz, eg. Paradiso Bar, Beacon Bar & Woodfire Grill...
    • Techno, eg. Coyote Street Bar and Restaurant, Shooters...

    There is a plethora of cafés operating in & around Courtenay Place, such as Zing Café, Espressoholic, Wellington Sports Café, Zico...

    • Reading Cinemas Courtenay Central on 100 Courtenay Place (
    • Rialto Cinemas Wellington @ corner Cable Street & Jervois Quay (
    • Paramount on 25 Courtenay Place (
    • Embassy Theatre on 10 Kent Terrace (

    There is a melting pot of cuisines to choose from... just hop into one of the ethnic restaurants & try Turkish delights, traditional Indian cuisine, Thai cuisine, Malaysian flavours, French cuisine, Italian food, Mexican flavours, Greek food & entertainment, a variety of Chinese specialties, Japanese and so on...

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    Bar Bodega: Pop Rock Ale Mecca

    by tomatohead Updated Jan 5, 2006

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    This is a place where many a famous Kiwi and overseas band have played many a memorable gig.

    Apparently the only folks never to come through here were The Finn Brothers (yes, folks there is a NZ pop music life outside of the Finn Bros!) and Shihad/Pacifier. This is where the Chills, the Bats, Michael Franti, Lambchop, The Datsuns, Phoenix Foundation, Dimmer, Chris Knox, The Mutton Birds, etc. have played. Okay, the Indigo Bar on Cuba Mall is getting bigger and better gigs, but thumbs up for the different kinds of rooms at the Bodega.

    My favorite Mutton Bird bootleg of all time is a 1998 Bodega show.

    Fraser McInnes, the owner, is one hell of a hardworking bar owner/concert organizer/real ale aficionado.

    Don't miss The Bodega's nice selection of South and North Island micros. Check out the Bodega's joint venture ale with the Malthouse...the Tautara line and Emerson's Bookbinder.

    Dress Code: ??

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    Courtenay Place: Nightlife

    by Cris8 Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    In Wellington, the only place to be for socialising is the city centre. Its great for everyone (bit like most of NZ).
    On Courtenay Place there are plenty of bars and lots of eating places. All very nice. There are a few Irish bars, which are good craic. In particular Kitty O'Sheas is great, especially on a Friday or Saturday night when there is live band on.
    Elsewhere, down the street there is nightclubs which are good and have to goto at least once!

    Looking down Courtenay Place Looking the other way down Courtenay Place
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    various: Bars, Cafes, Peep Shows etc

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 24, 2004

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    As we only spent 2 nights in Wellington, and both of those in the Cuba Quarter, that was the only area I knew after dark, but from what I've read, this was the place to be.

    Cuba Quarter was an interesting mix - from the shopping mall, to funky cafes, all kinds of ethnic restaurants, bars, and the odd Peep Show or adult shop here and there, but certainly not a dominant presence. I felt like it was a good balance, and there were plenty of people about and I never felt unsafe as we wandered after 10 pm.

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    Radio Active 89 fm: Find out what's going on!

    by tomatohead Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    Radio Active's Activity Guide is done several times daily and tells you who is one where.....the music's pretty diverse and supportive of the local Wellington scene, too!

    The breakfast show with Liam and Shane and Caffeine and Aspirin on Saturday mornings are great fun.

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  • The Lotus Room: Hidden up the stairs

    by lewisvc Written Jul 9, 2007

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    I just had a great Saturday night up at the Lotus Room. It seemed to be one of the only busy bars in town on this particular night. We started out having a sing along at The Minibar, which was also very cool but a slightly older crowd. Lots of old tunes that had us singing at the top of our lungs, the bartenders helped as well.
    We then went up these narrow stairs to Lotus Room and while it wasn't busy when we arrived it very soon packed out. Lots of dancing and best of all for us it seemed to be the place where the attractive people where hanging out. After many hours on the dance floor we left and went to a number of other bars, but after a while it was clear that Lotus Room was the place to be. We went back to find a big line to get in, but the doorman pulled my mate aside as he had recognised us from earlier, we jumped the line and danced till 7am.

    Great night and thank you to the staff there

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    Motel: Motel Lounge

    by Skymannz Written Jan 30, 2010

    The Motel bar is behind a restaurant called Chow in Tory Street, entrance is off Forresters Lane. There is (usually) a bouncer out the front, and they are quite polite, but most of the door attendants are not people you want to get into "a little bit of bother with". They will only resort to physical contact if provoked to an extreme level or are concerned that someone else is being threatened.

    If the bouncer says there's a full house, it's usually the truth as Motel is a (relatively) small bar by New Zealand standards, but has a good ambience (playing a mixture of lounge style music) and is usually quite busy. Motel is a great place to relax with some friends, have a drink and some food.

    One thing that will strike you is the decor - very 1970's style, and the bartenders wear white coats (in the style of laboratory workers). Don't let that put you off, as they are very good at what they do, and if you ask for a recommendation they will usually ask some intelligent questions and then make a good drink for you.

    Best time to go, is usually around 10pm on a Friday or Saturday night.

    Dress Code: I tend to go wearing smart casual, meaning trousers (not jeans) and shoes (not sneakers). They have a dress code and it is enforced. Irrespective of who you are. Urban legend is that some of the cast of Lord of the Rings were advised (politely) that they couldn't enter, as they were not dressed properly.

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    Mac's Alehouse: Mac's Alehouse

    by fishandchips Written Mar 18, 2011

    Mac's brewery produces some good beers with many of them on site. The Alehouse itself has up and downstairs tables with downstairs more the pub grub spot and upstairs aiming at the restuarant side of things.

    Mac's beer is sold all over NZ in bottle stores and supermarkets however it's always better on tap. That's my reason anyway! As I often stay at the Museum Hotel, the Alehouse is just down the street so a great place for an after work drink on the way to the hotel or going out a bit later to catch up with mates.

    Dress Code: It's smart casual though I'm normally in a hoody and jeans so maybe less of a focus on the smart?

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    Happy: Free Jazz i.e. avante garde

    by clbobman Written Oct 22, 2004

    Happy is a must see if you like jazz, or in fact any music because they have a huge variety. They have a bar now and there are some heavy free jazz players around the place.

    Dress Code: Very informal- whatever you like

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    Sandwiches: .....doesn't sell sandwiches.

    by Stellco Written Apr 6, 2005

    My Brother MC Rugged does Drum'N'Bass and Hip Hop nights at Sandwiches, and the Pheonix. They're worth a look in. Especially when the big boys are in town. Loads of big names come through welly so keep your eyes open and scan the thousands of posters all over the city.

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    Fran Kitts Park: Night lights

    by caraboo Written Oct 22, 2003

    Take a stroll around the Queens Wharf - Fran Kitts Park - Te Papa - city to sea bridge - Civic square area at night and you wont regret it. Some really nice lighting effects have been developed in these areas. It's a lovely place for a quiet stroll away from the hustle and bustle with that someone special.

    Dress Code: Nope

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    Nite outing...

    by dragontml Written Jan 14, 2004

    For those of you who want to head right into the thick of the action, you don’t need to look any further than the Courtenay Place area of town which seems to attract ever reveller in the city. Home to the pick of Wellington’s pubs and clubs, this place is buzzing into the early hours every night of the week but particularly from Thursday to Sunday. If it is a bit wild for you, however, don’t panic. The city’s compact size works once again to its advantage ensuring that you will never have to walk too far to find a watering hole to suit.

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    The shack: Pubs

    by BADJUJU Written Aug 7, 2004

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    The shack, it's a bar selling shots and shakers, though a bit shabby, but 3 NZ$ for a shot and 7 for a shaker is really cheap, and they taste great.

    Dress Code: No dress code.

    The shack

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    The Lido: Live Music

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 3, 2012

    Wellington does not have a live music scene comparable to New York or San Francisco. But the Lido does feature some of the best local talent. And there are some really good bands here.

    Dress Code: Casual.

    The Lido The Darren Wilson blues band
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