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The Bay of Plenty region is one of the New Zealand’s best summer holiday spots. If you’re in the area, there’s a myriad of places to unwind with some tasty food and great drinks to match. Here are the top 10 bars you should check out during your travels.
In a past life, the Pig & Whistle’s building was home to Rotorua’s police station. Now as the city’s oldest pub (having opened its doors in 1993), the venue has earned a reputation for being one of the best places to unwind with a fantastic range of drinks, lots of satisfying pub food, plus a strong lineup of live music performances, entertainment and sports screenings.
The ‘Pap Tav’, as locals call it, has a bright exterior and plenty of welcoming features to match. There’s something for everyone, from the beach-party enthusiasts to families and more chilled-out crowds. Besides the traditional beer, wine and cider offerings, the bar offers a selection of cocktails with a tropical flair – offerings like the Papamoa Passion (passion fruit vodka, bitters and fresh lime mint), and the Hula Girl Hooch (peach liqueur, passion fruit, pineapple juice and edible flowers) stay true to the theme in question.
Located right at the heart of one of Rotorua’s most famous attractions, the Waiotapu Tavern is a hotel with a fully licensed bar that is known for its generous food portions, a vast range of bottled and tap beers, plus a special selection of honey mead blends for those wanting to try something different. This is also a good place to unwind with a game of pool while you’re mingling with the locals.
Formerly known as Brewers Bar, the Rising Tide is famous locally for offering its patrons an interesting combination: craft beers and dumplings. The bar is part of Mount Brewing Co., a local brewhouse that has been in business since 1996. Besides stocking its own creations, the bar boasts more than 32 taps of craft beer, wine and cider from all over New Zealand.