Wherever you end up in the Coromandel Pensinsula
, you’ll be able to enjoy a casual night out with a few drinks and a nice meal to match. New Zealand
travellers coming to see this awesome coastal destination have plenty to look forward to during their visit – for the keen pub crawlers among us, here are 10 of the region’s best bars to get you started.
Star and Garter Hotel
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Contemporary, $$$
Don’t be fooled by its name: the Star and Garter Hotel
is a fully-functioning pub and restaurant at the heart of Coromandel Town. The venue has kept the simple Kauri wood aesthetics from its previous incarnations as a general store for miners and a drapery. Live music, modern gaming machines, pool tables and a range of quality food, wine, cocktails, beers and spirits perfectly come together to bring the building into the present.
Squids Bar & Restaurant
Restaurant, Bar, Seafood, Pub Grub, $$$
The Coromandel Peninsula is famous for its abundance of seafood. If that sounds like a treat and you’ve found yourself in the town of Whitianga
, Squids Bar and Restaurant
is a definite must-visit. The venue takes pride of the fact it is the only one of its kind in Mercury Bay to offer locally-sourced seafood delicacies for bar and restaurant patrons to relish. As a bonus, you’ll get to enjoy some lovely views of the marina while you’re chilling out over meals and drinks.
Grahamstown Bar and Diner
Restaurant, Bar, Pub Grub, Contemporary, $$$
Affectionately known to locals as the ‘GBD’, Grahamstown Bar and Diner
is a favourite among those living and exploring the town of Thames. The bar and restaurant is part of the historic Junction Hotel, and looks very much like a classic inn. Daily blackboard specials, plus an impressive array of beverages and foods are some of its top highlights. The GBD also has a function space that can seat up to 120 people.
Hot Water Brewing Co
Bar, Restaurant, Craft Ale Bar, Pub Grub, Contemporary, $$$