Wellington Nightlife

Bohemian Cuba Street is a good spot for drinking, with laid-back and funky bars, while late night action is centered around Courtenay Place. Check out Eventfinda (www.eventfinda.co.nz) for up-to-date information about concerts and gigs, as well as other events, in Wellington.

Bars in Wellington

Courtenay Arms

Beer aficionados should head for the Courtenay Arms, a pub with good English and Irish beers, as well as pool tables, dart boards, open fire, big sports screen and a gaming lounge. Traditional English pub décor and fare complete the picture.

26 - 32 Allen Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 385 6908.

Having opened its doors on Willis Street back in 1993, Malthouse is something of a Wellington institution for beer lovers. In its current location since 2007, the bar serves great beer from around the world and a good selection of Kiwi brews.

48 Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 802 5484.

Mishmosh can offer a fun, relaxing or crazy night, depending on your mood, and is the hip locale dujour where the city’s trendy crowd goes to be seen. This venue is not just about tipples, however. Don’t miss Mishmosh’s gastropub specialties.

36 Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 384 8015

Clubs in Wellington


Based on an opium den of yesteryear, this watering hole features a floating lantern bar, a dance floor and a cozy candlelit lounge. The music here is alternative, as is the drinks menu - if you're brave, go for the cocktails that blend saki, tea and syrups with alcohol.

126 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 801 9950.
The Establishment

This is one of Wellington's most popular nightclubs, with constantly changing entertainment and great food. Consisting of the Main Bar, Tequila Bar, and Restaurant and Lounge, the Establishment is currently one of the few venues in the city that holds a licence until 4 am.

Corner of Blair Street and Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 382 8654.

Live Music in Wellington


Having opened its doors over 25 years ago, Bodega is Wellington’s oldest live music venue. Expect loud music, beer on tap, and an after-work crowd as well as students. Check out their website for a line up of events.

101 Ghuznee Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 384 8212.

From rock ‘n’ roll to jazz, Meow offers live entertainment throughout the week. The minimalist venue – which is a café by day and a watering hole by night - features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a range of healthy meals, including vegan and gluten-free options.

9 Edward Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 385 8883.
The Library

The Library is a cosy lounge bar that doubles as a live music venue and, you guessed it, a library. The venue consists of three distinctive spaces: the lounge bar (main bar), the reading room and the games room (private room). Grab a book, order a cocktail or one the venue’s decadent desserts, and enjoy the live tunes.

53 Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 382 8593.

Music and Dance in Wellington

St James Theatre

St James Theatre is one of New Zealand's finest Edwardian lyric theatres, the venue for opera, dance and major musical shows, and home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Originally built in 1912, it was once the largest vaudeville and picture theatre in Australasia. Today, its refurbished auditorium seats 1,550 people and there is also a cafe/bar area.

77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 802 4060 for tickets.

Culture in Wellington

BATS Theatre

Consisting of a small auditorium and a boutique bar, BATS entertains theatre lovers with its regular performances ranging from dance to stand-up comedy. The not-for-profit theatre is best known for its range of experimental theatrical performances.

1 Kent Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 802 4175.
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