Quality Hotel Marlborough
20 Nelson Street
Phone: (64) 3 5777333
Fax: (64) 3 5777337
Bars & Cafes
This fun pub, located in the inner city suburb of Karori, is not a den of iniquity as its colloquial name 'Sin Bin' might imply. Instead, it offers a mixture of tasty food, drinking and entertainment. All age groups are catered for with regular Tuesday quiz nights, karaoke, and live music at weekends. Licensed with a large dinner menu including steaks, seafood, lamb, burgers, vegetarian and desserts. Open daily from 11am.
Coucou Cafe and Restaurant serves affordable yet wonderful French bistro cuisine. The cafe brings the feel of France to Wellington by creating just the right ambiance. The menu offers a good selection of mouth-watering delicacies. French and Kiwi wines can also be ordered from their wide selection plus if you desire, you can also carry in your own bottle on Wednesday nights. Dinner is served from Wednesday to Saturday from 6p onwards.
Established in the early 1990s, this cafe occupies a great corner site in Brooklyn Village and is a real community gathering point. The building dates back to 1895, and features a wooden interior with fresh cream walls, and large windows ensuring plenty of sunshine (on a good day). The restaurant serves light meals, all day brunches and dinner. The menu is fresh and varied. Try the Salmon Fillet with Vegetables on Parmesan Cream Fettuccine or stick to a rib-eye steak. An excellent wine cellar compliments the meals.
This bar and restaurant is a pleasant alternative to some of the busier downtown venues. It is also handy for before movie drinks if you are visiting the popular Penthouse Cinema just around the corner. Spacious, with modern brick decor, it attracts a friendly crowd of local residents. The dinner menu is mainly European but for local flavour try the Kumara and Spinach Pasta. Plenty of entrees and bar snacks also available. Pool, gaming machines and a large television screen provide alternative entertainment.
If you are in the city, why not hop on the Cable Car to stylish Kelburn for brunch. Here you will find traditional Italian-style food including delicious pizzas cooked in a manuka-fired oven. The variety of pastas, curries and salads on the menu will probably tempt you to stay on for dinner. The decor is modern, atmosphere relaxed and friendly, and families are welcomed.
This conservatory cafe at one end of the Botanic Gardens' luscious Begonia house looks out towards a sea of roses in spring. Light and brightly painted in trendy yellows and aubergines it is a spacious, relaxing, and pleasant place for tea on your own or with grandma. Serves snacks and counter foods such as samosas, rolls, quiche, pastries and cakes. Caters for all kinds of private functions. Smoke free.
Located in the historic Aro Valley on Wellington's fringe, this café offers a varied international a la carte menu at moderate prices. The crisp clean cream paint job and the occasional retro ornament create a relaxed setting. Colour is added by the work of local artists. The varied dinner menu includes vegetarian dishes like Bulgar and Lentil Pilaf or Grilled Autumn Vegetable Haloumi on a Celeriac Risotto Cake. Breakfast menu weekdays and a tempting weekend brunch also available. Licensed, but you can bring your own wine.
Located close to the Zoological gardens, this bar comes alive as the sun goes down. It has a well-stocked bar and offers some exotic drinks. The music is quite loud and the place gets really busy on weekends.
Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant is set in a historic building that dates back to 1849 and was a social hub for the community. It is now a popular meeting place for everyone in the neighborhood. Whether it is to dine, drink or listen to live music, you will find it always buzzing. It is also chockablock with quiz nights, book clubs and other cultural activities. Their menu made from scratch is delicious and the bar has something for everyone.
Sit inside or enjoy the outside garden bar, which is covered in case of rain. Enjoy delicious pizzas and burritos available from Little Gringos, the attached Mexican restaurant that also provides a home delivery service. Beer on tap, a big TV screen, pool tables and a quiet lounge area are added attractions. This traditional student hangout is inexpensive and friendly.
Do not dress up if you want to blend in with the regulars at this popular offbeat venue. Situated on the fringe of the central city, it offers loud music in an earthy setting and 12 different beers on tap. One of Wellington's original live music venues, the Bodega regularly features New Zealand musicians and poets. It attracts a mixed age group, mainly students.
Located in a beautifully restored historical building, this spacious, white table clothed and elegantly decorated restaurant is one of Wellington's favorites, loved by business people for lunch and gourmands for dinner. It features a cocktail wine bar that is open late for supper. The owners serve food of international standard with style and grace. The menu is expensive, so inquire about the three-course pre-theater set menus and bankers' lunches. These are good value options. Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar welcomes guests for dinner from 5:30p onwards.