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Public Bar & Eatery

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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48-52 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-801 5115
15:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Tue 15:00 - 02:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Went here with friends last year to watch All Blacks vs Wallabies game over labour weekend. Arrived early and booked a table close to the bar and with a good view of the screen, advised we would stay for dinner. Even though it was a busy night service was good and food was served quickly when needed. Beer was great... More 

Thank Henare H
Ponce, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent atmosphere, great variety of beers, nice late snacks. Free wifi, and the locals go there. On Mondays they close early at 11:00 pm, the rest of the week they close midnight or past midnight.

Thank nickC2734QN
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The staff were wonderful and helpful with really good knowledge of their menu and had great recommendations! Fantastic cocktails and awesome drink specials topped off with just my kind of music! 10/10 would come here again!

Thank clairerE7680PH
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Have eaten quite often at Public and it is a good place to go. Even better place to have a few beersies with some mates. Right in the heart of Courtenay Place.

Thank KK08_10
Wellington, New Zealand
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Public is a great place to meet up with friends to get the night started. They have great bands that play, good music to dance to and offer a wide range of bar snacks and a dinner menu before 9pm. They also offer a great range of wines and beers as well as your other standard bar offerings.

Thank capitalfoodie
Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend came here for an after work drink and ended up getting an early dinner.. Was nice food for not a bad price. We had the steak and pasta of the day they were a good portion size and nice and tasty. Would go back nice atmosphere

Thank CrazyT89
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We came for a couple of cocktails, happy to spend the money for a good night out. When I ordered a whiskey sour the barman said, 'what's that?' First of all, if you have bar staff who don't know what a basic cocktail is, you have problems. Secondly, it's on the menu! needless to say the cocktail was terrible and... More 

Thank lilkelzboo
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Hi, I was here almost daily for to have beer after work. I find it very good place and all for reasonable price. The service was good, specialy the smily blonde girl from the UK, but the rest is quiete good too. But now I am in India on my way to Spain and for sure will miss the public... More 

Thank Michal P
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Popped in for a couple of drinks with our staff. Got the platter of food for the table. Really good value for amounts and range. Great place to catch up with people. Nice atmosphere, good service, friendly staff

Thank John1960NSN
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208 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Friendly door staff and smiley bar staff were top notch.Excellent promotions which is great on a budget. Nice layout and decor. Only had a drink her so can't judge the food

Thank Lady_Peekaboo19

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48-52 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 5115
We are the essence of Wellington hospitality. We serve a wide variety of amazing cocktails, wines, and micro brews. Our friendly staff will ensure you have the best 'bar / eatery' experience, here at  [PUBLIC.]

Public caters for all variety of needs including; an outdoor area with a toasty gas fireplace, a private function space catering for groups of up to 50, a relaxed dining area featuring comfortable booths which border the dance floor when the beat takes over.
Don’t take our word for it though.  Come and enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or a snack with any one of our wide selection of beverage options.

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