Wellington is, simply put, a blast to go out in. Whether you like busy nightclubs, jovial Irish pubs, dark, underground sweatboxes, chic bars or indie rock dives, you will find what you are looking for here. Here are some of our favourite night spots in the ‘Capital of Cool'.
Located in the intense vibrancy of Wellington's bohemian Mecca, Cuba Street, Matterhorn is a true institution. A place where artists, film makers, writers and other creative types come to eat, drink and solve the problems of the world, it is famous well beyond the Wellington city limits. It's extensive wine and cocktail menu complements perfectly the rich and diverse food choices, while music is generally provided live by The Eggs, an ultra cool collective of local musicians.
Just next door to the ultra-hip Matterhorn is something entirely different. Mighty, Mighty prides itself on being weird, wonderful and whacky, from its bright pink curtains to its palm tree decorations to its list of over the top events such as burlesque, hula hooping, pub quizzes, rap wrestling, eating competitions, dancing competitions, rockabilly nights and limbo contests. If you like things off-the-wall and don't mind making a fool of yourself, you may have just found your spiritual home.
If Mighty, Mighty sounds like your idea of hell, however, there is a good chance you will fit in a bit better over in the Hawthorn Lounge on Tory Street. Designed with incredible attention to detail to match the style of an exclusive gentleman's club of the 1920s, it is a place for well dressed people to sit in comfortable seats, listen to big band music and slurp long, stiff cocktails.
Mac's Brew Bar
When the sun is in the sky and you feel like a drink (which is most of the time in Wellington) there are few places better to be than Mac's. Located beautifully on the Wellington waterfront, you can chill out at one of the outdoor tables and enjoy one of the many craft brews on the menu. It's a great spot to watch Rugby too.
Another great waterfront spot for when the sun is soaking the city, St. Johns seats its customers on bean bags, from which they can enjoy a huge range of international beers on tap, plus guest beers from the local Black Dog Brewery.