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15 Best Wellington Bar Venues

by Raashka Mannie | 23 May 2021

There's nothing cosier than spending a wintry afternoon at one of Wellington's many bars. Whether it's during the midst of a cold spell or a baking summer's afternoon, Wellington is renowned for its stylish bar scene. Fortunately for all the event planners out there, many of these bars also double as venues. With delicious menus, drinks and a buzzing atmosphere, these spaces make for amazing venues. We've got a list of some of the best bar venues in Wellington. If you're after our complete guide to Wellington venues, you can find that here.

The Library

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Named for its cool collection of books, The Library is a reading room and lounge bar that also serves as a snazzy events space. Whether you're looking for an intimate dinner or a product launch for up to 180 guests, this Wellington bar can be the space for you. It has 3 unique spaces that can be used individually or combined for your function's requirements. The Lounge Bar is their most significant space, ideal for larger functions, while The Reading Room and The Games Room are smaller areas that you can host private events in. The Library offers extensive on-site catering options, audiovisual equipment and live entertainment options from a variety of their regular musicians. Host your event at this Wellington venue, complete with a golden ambience and classy air that few others can match.


The Arborist

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The Arborist is one of Wellington's favourite bar and restaurants. This comfortable venue has a downstairs function space that can host up to 65 standing or 45 seated guests, making it an ideal space for more intimate gatherings such as meetings, smaller dinners and so much more. If you're keen to expand your event, they offer an outside area for an indoor/outdoor floor that allows for a longer guest list. The Arborist can provide any equipment you need for your event, and also offer on-site catering courtesy of their amazing in-house chefs. Their experienced team of function experts can help you during the planning process of your event to make the whole experience a breeze.


Foxglove Bar & Kitchen

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Opened in June 2010, Foxglove Bar & Kitchen is located in the centre of Wellington's Queens Wharf and is a popular bar venue. As a heritage building that was once the Union Steam Ship Company's Wellington store at Greta Point, Foxglove Bar & Kitchen is full of charm and history. There are 3 bars within the venue, all exuding that sense of 1940s glamour and with lovely views of the ocean. Their main event spaces include Queen Wharfs Ballroom, with a private deck, private entrance and audiovisual equipment, accomodating up to 350 guests; Foxtail Whisky Den, for exclusive parties of no more than 100 guests; and The Games Room, the most casual space and with access to the main bar, perfect for up to 70 guests.


St John's Bar & Eatery

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Situated on the waterfront and featuring gorgeous views of the sea, St John's Bar & Eatery is a Wellington venue inside a lovely art deco building. Their newly refurbished interior gives a modern, plush feeling to every event they host, with a dedicated functions team for your convenience. Their spaces include The Lounge, hosting up to 30 guests and perfect for smaller meetings and dinners; The Conservatory, a private dining space for up to 16 guests; 1/2 Eatery, which acts as a semi-private function area for up to 50 guests; and, finally, The Eatery, a totally private space with an indoor/outdoor flow, audiovisual equipment and capable of hosting up to 150 guests. Exclusive use of St John's Bar & Eatery is also an option, with the Wellington venue able to accommodate 250 guests.


Concrete Bar

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Concrete Bar is a hidden gem in the middle of Wellington's CBD, with a knack for hosting cocktail parties, casual drinks, team catch-ups, corporate functions, and so much more. This bar venue is all about providing tailored packages for each function they host, with an events team that is here to help you every step of the way. Their duo of spaces include Quarter Bar, as a semi-private area overlooking Cable Lane and perfect for 20 t0 30 guests, and Half Bar, best for larger gatherings of up to 60 guests and with direct bar access. If you prefer, you can hire out Concrete Bar exclusively, accomodating up to 150 guests and with fantastic on-site catering options available.


The Cavern Club

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A rock and roll bar with attitude, The Cavern Club is one of Wellington's coolest venues available for hire. They're also one of the only Wellington venues that has no venue hire and no minimum spend when booking on certain days, so that's a real bonus! They can host up to 120 people in their space, offering house beers, spirits, wines, and custom cocktails for your function. They also provide on-site catering options, exclusively in the form of canapés and other nibbles, which makes them an ideal cocktail party venue. This Wellington venue is available for private hire, which allows for the exclusive use of the venue, as well as access to their sound system and house lighting. Perfect for laidback events, The Cavern Club is one of Wellington's most happening bars.


Southern Cross Garden Bar

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For something a little more casual, Southern Cross Garden Bar is the Wellington venue that acts as a relaxed space for your event. They have been around for over 100 years and are deeply rooted in the community, with plenty of event experience and all the facilities to host a fabulous time. They consistently host quiz nights, live gigs, art classes and so much more, with on-site catering options and a series of spaces to choose between. The Guest Room, The Porch, The Lounge and The Gallery are their 4 function areas, hosting 25 to 100 guests depending on which you pick. If you're looking to accommodate more, you can combine spaces to suit your fancy. Decked out with audiovisual equipment, a gorgeous garden nearby, fireplaces and plenty of natural light, the Southern Cross Garden Bar has so much to offer as one of Wellington's premier bar venues.


Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar & Lounge

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Proud frontrunners in Wellington's LGBTQ+ scene, Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar & Lounge was started by a couple with a passion for celebrations, drinks and events. This fun-loving Wellington venue hosts all manner of events every day of the week, from karaoke nights to social groups, well-versed both in big parties and intimate evenings. Their Downstairs Bar is the space available for private hire, with their helpful team helping you with the organisation and clean-up of your function. Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar & Lounge is located at the top of Cuba Street, right in the middle of Wellington CBD, with cedar walls and Egyptian chandeliers for that extra touch of glamour.



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Leroy's is a functional and versatile event space in Wellington, hosting everything from corporate events to family Christmas parties. Whatever your function needs, this bar venue can provide a space for you to host it. They have an expert events team on hand to assist with the planning and running of your night, with an exclusive and private function space located above the main bar. This space is currently undergoing a facelift, making it more modern and stylish for future events. Leroy's is happy to provide you with catering options and a drinks menu. A colourful, comfortable venue, this Wellington bar features kitschy decor and a vibrant atmosphere that will ensure your event is a roaring success.


Poquito Café & Bar

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Poquito Café & Bar is a cute space available for your Wellington event. They regularly hold meetings, birthday parties, cocktail evenings, live music and gatherings of all kinds. Near the gorgeous waterfront and Te Papa National Museum, Poquito Café & Bar rests in all its charm and personality with an inspired menu and incredible drinks to boot. They pride themselves on their genuine staff, warm atmosphere and ensuring you and your guests have a good time. As a family-owned business, they are experts with tailor-made events and evenings. During the day, a café with delicious eats; at night, a tapas and cocktail bar to unwind at as you listen to live music. Talk to their helpful team about on-site catering options, putting together a drinks menu and choosing live entertainment for your Wellington event.


The Fringe Bar

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The Fringe Bar is event central, with a packed calendar and endless entertainment. Their policy is 'anything can happen.' Whether it's stand-up comedy, theatre, poetry or a dinner party for you and some lucky guests, this Wellington venue is here to give you the perfect place to host your function. The Fringe Bar is home to various entertainment ensembles each night of the week. It has hosted shows connected to the New Zealand Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. This bar venue is quite flexible, open to hosting both corporate and private events with a capacity of 150 guests. They can provide a live DJ, karaoke operator, security and on-site catering options for your event. They also, of course, are happy to provide the drinks menu, with plenty of amazing cocktails and the like to pick from.



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Dubbed Wellington's best little rock bar, Minibar packs a punch with its drum lights and compact size. This venue is situated in the heart of Wellington's famous Courtenay Place and specialises in hosting more intimate events, perfect for celebrations and gatherings of all kinds that love the added character that Minibar has to offer. With a friendly and professional team to help you with the planning and running of your event, as well as delicious on-site catering options, the drinks menu taken care of and an outdoor space for breakaway conversation, it's no wonder that this cosy venue is one of the most beloved bars in Wellington. They can't wait to host your function, be it a cocktail night or casual drinks with your colleagues.


Tussock Bar & Café

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Located on campus at Massey University, Tussock Restaurant & Bar is here to give your event a modern feeling in a hub of education and activity. This Wellington venue specialises in hosting cocktail parties, conferences and so much more, with spectacular in-house catering and a professional events team to help with the planning and running of your function. They will help you with the fine details, such as audiovisual equipment hire, menu design, styling and themes and more. Tussock Bar & Café can host over 800 guests, making it one of the more extensive and comprehensive bar venues in Wellington, offering facilities that go above and beyond. If you're looking for a venue that can help you do it all, Tussock Bar & Café is the ideal option.


The Establishment

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Party the night away with The Establishment, located in the heart of the city and serving as one of the only Wellington venues with a license until 4 am. Whether you're looking for dinner, drinks, dancing or all of the above, this bar venue is perfectly poised to make your function unforgettable. They specialise in hosting product launches, cocktail parties, corporate events and more, with excellent on-site catering options, an enthusiastic team, live entertainment options, a high-tech sound system and more. Their spaces include The Lounge, Restaurant Level 1, Main Bar and Top Floor. Each space has a different purpose depending on the type of event you're holding. The Establishment can host up to 500 people, making it a wonderful Wellington venue choice.


Dakota Bar

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This Wellington bar has a Western theme, inspired by cowgirls and cowboys alike. They regularly hold events of every kind, with free line dancing lessons and even a mechanical bull to try your hand at. For events, they have The Pow Wow Room, a curated space for holding functions. You'll be guided by Dakota Bar's function and events manager, who will help with the thorough planning and running of your event. They also have on-site catering and live entertainment options for you to consider, including casino hire, photo booths, cocktail making and more. The Pow Wow Room is part of the Wellington Entertainment Group. Dakota Bar also provides audiovisual equipment for your function. Located in the heart of the city, this Wellington bar brings with it a sense of Western charm like none other.

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