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The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe

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Pub, Belgian, Bar, European, New Zealand, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-300 6226
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07:30 - 03:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 03:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 03:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Traditional family visit, when Canadian based NZ family back in NZ. Children catered for, meal options and to pas the time away, a comprehensive childrens activity bag. As , to go with the name, European beers feature extensively along with local boutique and standard fare, Reknown for its Mussel pots and Platters Operates from an 1800's character building in central... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere and location. Good selection of beer but fairly small amount on tap. Heaps of bottled beer. Great food and general setup.

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, we're glad you had a great experience! More 

Newcastle, Australia
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93 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A 500gm steak for $20. What a carnivores delight ! Old style setting with booth style seating. Of course beer is the order of the day but the food was pretty good too. Steak was exceptional value and fresh and flavoursome. Nicely complimented with sauce and fries topped off a great Tuesday special. The other favourite was the mussels which... More 

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your feedback, we're so pleased you enjoyed the food and had a great experience! More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty good standard Belgian beers on offer but like everywhere in Auckland expensive. Average pub food with mussels the best option if you like them. A lot of tourists frequent due to the location just off Queen St and proximity to the cruise ship terminal.

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Dave More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Closes quite early though. Downer for a Pinay like me who likes to drink beer. The entertainment was good. Loved the chicken fingers and fries of course. :)

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Pam, glad you had a great time! More 

Aliso Viejo, California
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Auckland on business and I had visited the Occidental before. It is good Pub food and a great atmosphere. On this night there was a special on the Green Lipped Mussels. There were so many different styles so we tried a mixture. I had the Blue cheese and garlic and they were fabulous. We will continue to... More 

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Dexter, we'll look forward to seeing you again More 

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89 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice beers, great food. Loved the grilled mix platter of green lipped mussels! Delicious! Great atmosphere with retro beer signs of interest.

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Thank Jo B
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Jo! More 

Sydney NSW
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner at the Belgian cafe was just lovely......a pot of muscles cooked the traditional way with celery and garlic...a little trip back to a favourite destination. Even the interior is a replica from that famous city. Staff friendly and efficient, made for an enjoyable meal. All we need now is a replica of the Che Guivara bar so we can... More 

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback, great to hear you had such a good experience More 

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142 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best mussels you will ever have! No question. Here 5 years ago and it still is tops today. The grilled platter is awesome and get a half kilo of regular mussels as well. New Zealand Green Lip Mussels are amazing. And this place knows how to prepare them. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank Mark G
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Wow what awesome feedback, thanks Mark! More 

Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth visiting - you will get - great beer, delicious oysters and mussels, loud atmosphere in Auckland downtown!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$28
Cuisine
Pub, Belgian, Bar, European, New Zealand, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 03:00
Monday
07:30 - 03:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 03:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 03:00
Thursday
07:30 - 03:00
Friday
07:30 - 03:00
Saturday
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-300 6226
Description
In 1999 The Occidental Hotel on Vulcan Lane, Auckland was transformed into The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe which is the first authentic Belgian Beer Cafe in the Southern Hemisphere. We proudly serve an extensive selection of the finest Belgian beer and some of the best wines from New Zealand and Australia, complimented by authentic Belgian cuisine.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?