For worthy eating and drinking experiences around Wellington, NZ (and the greater region) – you can also catch Heather out and about hosting Zest Food Tours around the city…

Crafty beers

  • The Hop Garden – Pirie Street. In the old greek taverna with a wide range of craft beers, sunny vine-covered conservatory, rooftop bar and cooler restaurant deeper into the back. Great food, both tapas and full meals. More than just a beer bar.
  • Fork and Brewer – Bond Street off Willis. A consortium launched from The Malthouse crew, with their own micro-brewery.  A large space, an outside balcony in summer and interesting tap handles.
  • Little Beer Quarter – Edward Street off the corner of Victoria and Manners. Brought to you by the folks from Beach Babylon on Oriental. The style of a quaint English pub, and quality pub food to accompany a long list of beers.
  • Goldings Free Dive – Leeds street between Dixon and Ghuznee in the old Hannahs Warehouse complex. Cosy and welcoming. Unaffiliated to any brewery so an ever-changing variety on tap. Food by Pomodoro Pizza. Hard to get better than that.
  • Rogue and Vagabond – Garrett Street alongside Glover Park. A blend of rock’n’roll, interesting art and indoor/outdoor park flow. Thin crust pizza or toasties to accompany your craft beer. Check out the tap beer handles.
  • The Garage Project – 68 Aro Street, Aro Valley. Brewery and cellar door in an old garage. Also their Taproom just up and across the street in the Aro Valley village. Oodles of cool. Again lots of lovely tastings or fill your own flagons (flagons provided).
  • Tuatara’s Third Eye – 30 Arthur Street.  The city micro-brewery of this Paraparaumu-based organisation in one of the historic buildings from back in the day. Outdoor sheltered seating on fine days.
  • Husk Eatery and Bar – Ghuznee Street opposite Glover Park. The Choice Brothers brewers and Karamu Coffee combined. Excellent food, and some interesting collaborations planned going forward. Look out for the barrel on the street.
  • Hey Day Beer Co – top of Cuba Street. Large and airy space where you can watch the brewers at work right under your nose. A mix of their own brews and other local crafties on tap, and a range of pub food. Cool inside in the summer sun and warm outside when you need a bit of toasting.
  • Fortune Favours – Leeds Street in the old paint strippers. Microbrewery and bar, with a meat and cheese bar for crafting beer and cheese tasting flights, or creating your own platter. Upstairs balcony bar for sunny days.
  • Whistling Sisters – cnr Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets. Microbrewery and bar with some tasty food leaning towards fermented, and beers less hoppy (yay!).
  • Black Dog Brewbar – 216 Cuba Street. Now owned by one of the big players, but a very groovy micro-brewery and bar in Upper Cuba Street. Generally left alone to put their own twist on things (very groovy website too!).
  • See more about Wellington micro-breweries, locales and classes.

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