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Golden Bear Brewing Company

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Mexican, Pub
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12 Aranui Road, Mapua 7005, New Zealand
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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed a selecton of local beers made on the premises. Unfortunately the lady behind the bar was lacking a bit of bonhomie but that was more than made up for by the beverages.

Thank PeterMMM253
Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The service was unfriendly and it is not non smoking Several tables had smokers so added to the lack if experience

Thank mustangnz
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped to have lunch and a drink. First time at a Brewing company, Beer was lovely, but staff a bit disappointing, maybe went on a bad day. Will try again next time in Mapua. Lovely area for relaxing.

Thank robyn343
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the visit for the beer - this guy knows how to make great IPAs. There is no better place to spend a quiet afternoon with a good beer in hand

Thank wga106
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Go visit this place. It's a great hang out, lots of terrific beer, friendly locals and visitors, laid back vibe, and on the day we were there the live music was world class.

Thank Joel R
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91 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time we went we weren't very impressed by the beer. Went back the next day and obviously chose better as really enjoyed our IPAs. This is a really nice location, and the Sunday afternoon live music was really fun. However, service was slow and disinterested both times.

Thank Sue B
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were hungry and thirsty so the beer was good but the nachos were horrendously disappointing. We got a poor serving of crushed, flavourless chips...the beer was good which is obviously their forte. Wouldn't bother with the food here.

Thank Raymond M
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this place during our stay in Nelson. It is in a pleasant riverside location in Mapua which has several shops and cafes for you to stroll round. I like visiting brew pubs and this one had a good selection of beers at various strengths. I particularly liked the IPAs which had a strong hoppy taste. It would be... More 

Thank Jeffrey1809
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hate to give bad reviews....but here I experienced the worst customer service ever....to date. Not sure why anyone would employ staff that is rude to the customers. I felt like a complete inconvenience to the young lady behind the bar. Will never return again.

Thank NZfour
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not often you find poor service in this country, but the older lady serving this afternoon was so unfriendly I will never go back here again.

Thank Emma C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Mexican, Pub
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Aranui Road, Mapua 7005, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?