bars and venues

Five "top" craft beer bars in Wellington

Well roof-top bars to be precise!

Are you looking for a sunny outdoor setting in Wellington to enjoy the latest craft beer? And for those not-so-sunny days? You can expect to find wind and weather protection options such as heaters, blankets, or a bit of shelter from the rain.

Here’s our pick from the growing number of roof-top venues.

Photo credit thehopgarden.co.nz

Photo credit thehopgarden.co.nz

1.    The Top Garden at The Hop Garden

Great name, great bar. Conveniently located in the city-fringe suburb of Mt Victoria, the Hop Garden is well known for its interesting and constantly changing range of craft beer. Now you can enjoy a brew from one of the latest local breweries in the tasteful upstairs, outdoor bar area. Or, if the weather is not behaving, head down to the original bar complete with its unique grapevine covered glass ceiling.


Photo credit thearborist.co.nz

Photo credit thearborist.co.nz

2.    The Arborist

Down on Willis St is the Arborist – proudly proclaiming itself as the “most spectacular roof-top bar in all of Wellington.” With a relaxed vibe, its kind of like hanging out in your own backyard with comfy cushions and recycled pallet furniture. You can even request your own charcoal barbeque to complete the experience.


Photo credit basque.co.nz

Photo credit basque.co.nz

3.     Basque

Basque’s colourful, Spanish-style roof-top bar is super popular. It is sunny, with a great birds-eye view down Courtnay Place. Since this photo was taken they have added clever screening and overhead shelter, making it even more cosy and intimate.


Photo credit dirtylittlesecret.co.nz

Photo credit dirtylittlesecret.co.nz

4.     Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret combines the delights of a roof-top bar, with the hideaway feel of Melbourne’s laneway bar scene. The bar itself is inside a container, adding to the “industrial chic” feel. Sun umbrellas, bean bags, fairy lights, and a graffiti-style wall combine to create an inspiring place to sample a beer or two.


Photo credit bethelwoods.co.nz

Photo credit bethelwoods.co.nz

5.     Bethel Woods

Located in the heart of The Terrace, Bethel Wood’s roof-top bar is super sunny. It features a retractable roof in case it turns rainy or cold. A relaxed, easy place to settle in for a range of craft beers on tap, and in the fridge, you’ll feel right at home in this casual, American themed bar.