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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 ( 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.

Address: , 26-32 Allen Street, Wellington,
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.

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


Mishmosh can offer a fun, relaxing or crazy night, depending on your mood, and is the hip locale du jour 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.

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

Clubs in Wellington


This upscale club is one of Wellington’s finest. The plush decor and elegant ambience mix set the backdrop for nights of dancing and singing to the resident DJ-- or sit down and relax in one of the deep leather booths. Perhaps the most unique part of RedSquare, however, if the ice-topped bar, which guests can leave a lasting impression on with their handprints.

Address: , 26 Blair Street, ,
Telephone: +64 21 243 2788.


During the week, Scotty & Mal’s (better known as S&M’s) is a relaxing cocktail lounge upstairs. But downstairs, they host a variety of events from Comedy nights to their popular club nights on Friday and Saturday. The resident DJ plays a wide variety of songs that will keep you dancing until 3am. 

Address: , 176 Cuba Street, ,
Telephone: +64 4 802 5335.

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.

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

Live music in Wellington


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.

Address: , 9 Edward Street, Wellington,
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.

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

The Rogue & Vagabond

Specializing in amazing beer and a wide variety of live music, the Rogue & Vagabond is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long week while listening to the hottest local bands. There is even a nice outside area where dogs allowed.

Address: , 18 Garrett Street, Wellington,
Telephone: +64 4 381 2321.

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Featured Hotels



Inspired by New York’s high-end boutique hotel scene and modern architecture, Ohtel is a small but luxurious place to stay for the traveller who wants a unique Wellington experience. All the mid-century furnishings are from the founder’s private collection, and the hotel itself is built into the base of a steep coastal cliff space. Even the cheapest rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee. 

Wellesley Boutique Hotel

This charming boutique hotel located in a neo-Georgian building is conveniently located close the shopping and harbour district. Its recently refurbished restaurant offers modern cuisine in a classically elegant setting, whilst its 12 rooms are smart, inviting and warm.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

Right in the centre of Wellington Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers offers a wide selection of accommodation options ranging from eight bunk dormitories to private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The hotel first opened its doors back in 1937 and underwent a number of extensive revamps after being purchased by its current owners in 1997. Facilities include a bar a café a 24 hour fully equipped kitchen and a travel desk.

Cambridge Hotel

The Cambridge has been a Wellington establishment since 1883 - Queen Elizabeth herself stayed here in the 1960s. Overall, it offers great facilities at amazing prices. Located in the centre of Wellington, it is minutes from major attractions, fine dining, and great shopping. The Cambridge has rooms to suit all budgets, from backpacker dorms to en-suite doubles and all of the rooms come with SKY TV and a mini fridge. 

Victoria Court Motor Lodge

In the heart of downtown Wellington, this lodge offering studios, and one- and two-bedroom apartments, is ideally located within easy walking distance of theatres, shops, bars and museums. Most of the 25 units have spa baths/showers, cook tops, queen-size beds and Sky TV. Off-street parking is available.

InterContinental Wellington Hotel

The imposing InterContinental Hotel, the best five-star hotel in town, is one of the city's landmarks, with two restaurants, café, pool, sauna, fitness centre, large indoor heated swimming pool, conference and banquet facilities, and business centre. Many of the 231 modern and stylish rooms and suites have excellent harbour views.