This place was absolutely dead when we visited, around 8:00 PM on a Sunday. It was me, my wife, the bartender, and one other dude. Pub-like vibe, with rugby on the TVs. Not a huge selection, I think only 3-4 house beers were on when we visited. Average Auckland prices. We skipped out after one beer to find something a bit more lively. Oh yeah, they have an attached room with slot machines.
A tidy pub of modest size with it’s own on-site brewery out back knocking out some tasty offerings. Three fonts of their own brews and five other kegs with more commercial stuff. Also a fridge or two but I didn’t inspect the range too closely, what with being in a rush and all. Fairly noisy but with a good atmosphere on my fly-by Friday night visit. Definitely somewhere I’ll revisit to try the rest of the range and update these here notes. I reckon it’d do nicely as a place to pass a few hours on a lazy weekend afternoon no problem.
I figured I’d start my New Zealand trip by staying at a brewery, what a great concept. It’s an old listed building with lots of character. Staff welcomed me with tasters of their whole range, and a tour of the brewing equipment, which is visible behind the bar, with a number of brightening tanks in the basement as well. At the moment it’s still a tied pub, so it has to serve macro stuff, and can only serve three of their own - hopefully this will change soon when their contract is up.
I over all liked this bar, it is the sort of place I would hang out in if it was my local. Has a nice friendly atmosphere about it. English looking pub with an obviously Shakespearean theme. Own beers were nice but not spectacular. Not many mind, most were Montieth’s which I am not keen on. Food was great. Probably would not be my first port of call, but if you are in the area stop by.