Backbencher Pub & Cafe

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34 Molesworth St,

(04) 472 3065

Backbencher Pub & Cafe Information

The Backbencher Pub and Cafe is literally and figuratively the heart of political satire in the Capital. Sit for a drink or a meal, among the history of New Zealand politics, as the Government buildings offer a striking backdrop.

Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00
Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
Bar Menu, A La Carte Menu, Breakfast Menu
Drink Info
Cocktail List available
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, NO Disabled Toilets

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A bit pricey, but what else do expect when you want to mingle with the MPs? Food is ok, but this is more of a place you come to for a bit of novelty - the decor has some familiar parliamentarians in caricature form all around, and if you’re lucky (or not - depending how you look at it) you might run into one or two. Usually opted for a burger or fish and chips here which are both decent but not overly impressive. A must for a tour once or regular visits if you’re really into politics.
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I regularly take visitors to the Backbencher as it's a pub with a bit of personality and something different Wellington has. Since it was reopened following several fires last year it seems to have lost the majority of it's puppets but the ones there are recent political and sports figures which are easily recognisable. The pub has been nicely refurbished and has a wide range of beers and wines by the glass, and it's location makes it perfect for a drink on the way to a game at the Stadium.
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Be careful, very careful as they do say "Never Trust a Politician" but that doesn't go to say never accept a drink from a Politician.....
This place is crawling with Beehive clones and MP's, you can occasionally strike some good conversation but shop talk for them can be boring for the average human being. Nice Bar and has plenty of History!
I'm sure Winston Peters has fallen out the door once or twice....
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