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The Backbencher Bar and Cafe

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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 3065
09:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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249 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went for cocktails and dinner. It seems the place became kind of a sports bar. The scotch fillet and fish of the day was good. The waitstaff seemed clueless and tired. May go back for the food but definitely not for cocktails.

Thank Shawn C
Wellington, New Zealand
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403 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're visiting the Beehive and parliament grounds this is a must do for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The models of the politicians are an icon and pretty funny but more importantly the food is pretty good. Large menu with plenty of options. I settled on the burger which was delicious, just like everything I have had from here. Interesting... More 

Thank Lisa_WLG
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in for a drink with the family. Very typical NZ inner city pub but the location and the displays are the point of difference. And there was a small insight into one of New Zealand's best known politician. Nice beer too.

Thank C210LSkevinf
Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined here twice last week Both mains were tasty and well presented. Service was attentive Good range of beers

Thank Jeff W
Wellington, New Zealand
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

NZs politically inspired character bar. You do need to have some insight into NZ politcs, otherwise this will go right over your head.

Thank Hermanicus
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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194 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We really enjoyed a relaxed evening at the Backbencher and enjoyed both warm, attentive service and a delicious meal. I thoroughly enjoyed O'Connor's mushroom and cheese burger and my partner loved the dukkah custed fresh fish entree. Everything was very fresh, savory and perfectly seasoned. Although this isn't a fancy place, it was perfect for a couple of hungry vacationers.

Thank Greg B
Brooklyn, Iowa
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356 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We had lunch about 1 PM and there were six adults and the service started out OK but it seemed to go down hill a little bit. The food was brought out a dish at a time and sometimes the order was not quite what we ordered. The food was good. And the draws were fun to sample and were... More 

Thank Ron A
Auckland, New Zealand
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Had dinner and beer here and was impressed with the service in particular. I managed to tip my dinner off the table half way through. After cleaning off the floor the staff offered me a free replacement meal. This was unexpected and appreciated. Well worth supporting such a business!

Thank David G
Gold Coast, Australia
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Based on a prior review, we had the pate as entree, lots of it and quite 'moussey' so light and tasty. Then the lamb koftas with quinoa and beetroot salad, also good. We ate at the 'number 6 rated' Thistle hotel the previous night, the Backbencher was much better.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a night here with 20 of my colleagues. Good pub food with an excellent selection of on tap beers. The service was efficient for the numbers we had at the table. The venue is showing its age - and needs a refresh. The caricature models of various NZ politicians on the walls likewise. Also the menus - they need... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-472 3065
The Backbencher Gastro Pub is rewound nationwide for its fresh New Zealand cuisine with a great rage of craft beer and wine to choose from. We pride ourselves in fresh house made produce with a little political twist.

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