The oenophile's pick
Wellington's newest wine bar, Noble Rot, is founded by a group of talented sommeliers and restaurateurs who saw a need for a specialist wine bar in a city nestled between two of the country's great wine regions. With an aim to excite, inform and educate everyone from wine experts to novices, Noble Rot brings a substantial range of wines from New Zealand and beyond, as well as a raw bar and tempting charcuterie to pair with your favourite drop.
Cold brews for the craft beer geek
The craft beer scene in New Zealand has exploded. The beer selection is no longer based on a contrasting league of largers. Instead, tasting notes for craft beers include a diverse spectrum of flavours. Think coffee, gummy bears, tamarillo (a fruit native to New Zealand), and even oysters. The industry in Wellington is made up of creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. They're part of a movement that has seen craft beer sales grow at an enormous rate, along with the range of flavours on offer and bars catering to the ever growing appetite for creative brews. With micro-breweries dotting the city, it's easy to call in and sample what's fresh from the tank. We recommend dropping in at Garage Project, Goldings Free Dive Bar, and Malthouse.
If cocktails are your poison of choice
Those who perservere in finding the hidden entrance to Hawthorn Lounge on Tory Street will be rewarded with inventive cocktails shaken up by impeccably dressed bartenders. An equally intimate space is The Library, which—as its name suggests—offers both literary brain food and unusual cocktails spiked with everything from chilli bitters to lavender sugar. For cocktails that won't be duplicated elsewhere in the world, C.G.R. Merchant & Co. serves up concoctions made with a range of spiced and infused gin and rum.