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The Best Bars in Wanaka, New Zealand

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Updated: 14 December 2017
Wanaka has quite a diverse bar scene for a small New Zealand town. You’ll find everything from upscale cocktail lounges to cool gastropubs and laid-back sports bars there, many of which reside on the township’s picturesque main street. Whatever your nightly tastes, here are some of the best places to check out.
Speight's Ale House

Wanaka’s Speights Ale House has all the right ingredients for a relaxed night out: views of the stunning Southern Alps, a large selection of traditional ales, plus a range of pub-style foods and hearty mains to satisfy all appetites and palates. The venue prides itself on being quite family-friendly too – its kids’ menu and spacious outside area are perfect for entertaining any younger travellers you may have in tow.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Budget
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Wanaka Bullock Bar

The Bullock Bar is definitely the town local, with people from all walks of life coming together for a chilled happy hour drink and some unpretentious pub grub. There are gaming machines, dart boards and pool tables inside for those wanting a bit of entertainment, plus a collection of big screen TVs set to appease the sports-loving patrons dropping by.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Wed :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu :
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri :
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Sat :
10:00 am - 2:30 am
Sun :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Gin and Raspberry

If you’re looking for something more classy, Gin and Raspberry will be right up your alley. This boutique cocktail bar is known for its stylish decor, lovely atmosphere and eclectic drinks menu. The signature concoction that gives the bar its name is composed of gin (there are two options to choose from), Chambord, lemon juice, raspberries and sugar syrup, topped with some fresh mint and raspberry sugar on the rims of the glass. Live music, comedy nights and various other special events also draw people to this chic venue.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
3:00 pm - 2:30 am
Budget
$$
Lake Bar

For some of the best views in town, you can’t go wrong with the Lake Bar. This welcoming joint really offers something for everyone: live sports screenings, country-style dining, kids meals and an assortment of weekly specials. Shared platters can be made gluten free upon request and usually come with a nice selection of seafood, cold meats and cheeses.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Budget
$$
Barluga Cocktail Bar

Barluga is the go-to spot for live music in Wanaka. The bar has live DJs playing in its courtyards every Friday and Saturday night, with the beats pumping right into the early hours of the morning. Pop in earlier to enjoy a more refined experience – with leather couches, a roaring fireplace, classic cocktail offerings plus a generous selection of wines straight out the Central Otago region setting the scene for a well-rounded night in town.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
5:00 pm - 2:30 am
Budget
$$
Lalaland Lounge Bar Wanaka

Lalaland is a hidden gem that’s perfect for those wanting some aprés-ski drinks with epic views. Specialist cocktails are the bar’s top crowd-pleaser, though they’re also renowned for offering a range of decently priced tap beers, wines and spirits. Food is more on the light bar snack side of things, and local DJs liven up this hip establishment every Saturday night.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
6:00 pm - 2:30 am
Budget
$$
Trout Bar & Restaurant

Trout is quite a versatile place – it’s a bar, cafe and restaurant meshed into one wonderful lakefront location. Bar patrons get to enjoy a number of craft ales and locally produced wines, while the dining crowds are invited to relish delicacies like bluff oysters, blue cod entrées and mains, a hearty selection of vegetarian meals as well as dishes to satisfy all meat lovers.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Budget
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