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Golden Bear Brewing Company

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub
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12 Aranui Road, Mapua 7005, New Zealand
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met friends for a beer with fish and chips. Great location, good range of drinks and really good that eating the tasty fish and chips from the nearby takeaway is welcomed. Jumping off the wharf is an entertaining optional extra that we resisted this time due to a cool breeze.

Thank KaritaneMartin
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're looking to try a good variety of beers, then it's definitely worth stopping by the Golden Bear. The venue is a little soulless, which could be easily rectified - they have a great space and location. The staff were a little hit and miss, but overall, quite friendly. I didn't try the food, but if it doesn't appeal,... More 

Thank HobsonzChoice
Motueka, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely day, lot's of people, cold beer .... food awful!!! I had the Nacho's $18.00! It consisted of stale nacho chips, cut up iceberg lettuce black beans with tasteless cheese melted over top, a small teaspoon of sour cream and four tiny, tiny pieces of tomatoe. Tasteless, yuk, yuk, yuk. The service was souless, no smiles, no banter just stoney... More 

Thank Snookface
Collingwood, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Craft brewery of excellent standard. You can order tapas, or any other meal from the surrounding restaurants on the wharf. the staff is efficient and friendly, the place hums with locals and fun. Live music is an extra bonus over weekends, and a total treat!

Thank EldaH
Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

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
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 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 14 February 2017

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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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 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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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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69 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
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?