Travel

A foodie (and drinkie) metropolis

Lost at E Minor

WELLINGTON is famous for its tiny, tucked-away bars, quirky cafes and galleries, fashion boutiques, award winning restaurants and buzzing nightlife.

But what you may not know is that the New Zealand capital is also blessed with more bars, restaurants and cafés per capita than New York City. That's right, it's a thriving foodie (and drinkie) metropolis.

We can't show you all the 300 plus inner-city restaurant and bars, but here's a sneak peak at some of Australian tourist, Patrick Stevenson - aka The Hipster's - favourites.

Matterhorn

A local institution on Cuba Street, Matterhorn is known as the favoured local bar for Wellington's chic crowd. Not only loved by the locals, Matterhorn was crowned as the Best Bar in New Zealand three years in a row from 2006-2008. You'll find this funky haunt behind an inconspicuous sign down a dark alley way on the oober cool Cuba Street and is open throughout the day for coffee, lunch and dinner, and is known to host regular live music events.

Hawthorn Lounge

You could be mistaken for thinking you've stepped right back into the 1920s, with Hawthorns gentleman's club style retreat escorting bar goers back into time where poker, cocktails and big-band medleys rained supreme. Opened mid-2006 by brothers who wanted to share their vision of a public living room, The Hawthorn has all the grace one would expect from the flapper era, especially with their big band music and nattily attired staff.

Mighty Mighty Bar

Hula hoopin, burlesque dancers, rollerskating ukelele orchestras, indie rock bands, limbo experiments…no you're not at the local circus just at the very hip and very unique Mighty Might Bar. On any given night you can expect that something extra from Wellington favourite haven of kitsch. Just a few doors down and a flight of stairs up from the Matterhorn, Mighty Mighty is a local for locals and a mash of extremes.

Read more cool travel stories on Lost at E Minor.

>> Read more travel stories.

Topics:  new zealand travel travelling wellington


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Connection lost: Mobile blackouts 'not good enough'

NO SERVICE: Briony Sommers and Kameron Jeffrey believe the lack of reliable mobile reception in the Valley is a serious problem.

Residents say they're not getting the service they've paid for.

Enthusiasts get revved up at vintage car rally

LAMA President Tony Howard with his 1962 XK Ford Falcon.

More than 50% of the vehicles came from other regions.

Runners embrace rainy UQ fun run

SCHOOL WINNERS: Michiru Encinas, Christopher Murphy with Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook.

Challengers braced the wet weather for UQ Gatton's fun run.

Local Partners