Having fun in Hamilton


As New Zealand's fourth biggest city, Hamilton is unsurprisingly a great place to go for a drink. Hamilton is a city in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island, Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its walks, elaborate themed gardens, cafes, bars and nightlife. Here are our top night spots for visitors to the city.Waikato River hamilton
CBD Corner Pub
This is one of those great Kiwi pubs where you get quality beers, lovely food and a warm, friendly atmosphere. It's great for a quiet cold one and a chat or for a long night out. Hang around until after 9pm and the DJs take over and the place turns into a great nightclub.
Diggers Bar
Known locally as the ‘home of live music', Diggers Bar is a real Hamilton institution. Across the average week you'll see every type of live group take to the stage, from two piece acoustic acts to full on rock bands. It's got a great atmosphere, fostered by the old school décor and the warm surroundings.
The Bank
One of the best combinations of food and drink you'll find in Hamilton, the Bank offers a great menu of both alcohol and grub. Looking for a great deal? Then head down on Sunday for the steak special. For just $6, you get an Angus Sirloin fillet, with fries, mash, veg, salad and greens. For a dollar more you can throw on egg, mushrooms, onions, bourbon sauce, pepper sauce or chive and garlic. Wash it all down with a nice pint of Guinness – a great way to spend a Sunday in Hamilton.
If you like style and comfort when you hit the town, then Furnace will be a great spot for you. With a classic menu of pasta, pizzas and very filling mains and a long wine list with some wonderful vintages, it is a lovely place for a classy evening of wining and dining. In fact, it's been awarded several times, winning the Best Restaurant in Waikato award for 2009 and 2011 and was runner up in 2008 and 2010.
Speight Ale House
For the thirsty sports fan (and that pretty much sums up most Kiwis), the Speight Ale House could not be better situated: in between the Waikato River and the Waikato Stadium. A great place to warm up for a big match with a cheeky beer or celebrate a big victory afterwards, its rustic décor and vibrant atmosphere make it a lovely spot for a beverage.


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