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The Vic Brewbar

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$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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281 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly The Victorian Rose Pub & Cafe)
+64 3-548 7631
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Your rating system goes from 'average' to 'very good' and for various reasons I rated this 'slightly better than average, but it did not reach the heights of "Very good". I read another review where someone had gone in for the burger 'special'. We did the same, but sadly our Entertainment Book voucher was not acceptable, so we also opted... More 

Thank sandl68
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the Vic for Sunday dinner after an Abel Tasman Park walk and when we got there we were starving. Both my wife & I had the Roast Deal which was a roast dinner and a dessert for $20. The meal was fabulous, we had the Lamb and Apple Crumble for dessert. The staff were great and easy going... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place has the best food choice and tapas ever. Huge tapas and delicious. Loved the Garlic flat bread! The polenta chips were great too. 10/10

Thank chris_cairns
Tel Aviv
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129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in to Vic's for their Wed. (And Thursday) special of a burger and beer for $20. Unfortunately they ran out so we went for other options which were wonderful. We had the salmon steak ($30) which was done perfectly, the sea food chowder ($12) which was one of the best I had and the blue cheese croquets ($11) which... More 

Thank uri_fi
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tuesday night special was fish and chips with either wine or beer for twenty dollars. The fish was delicious and freshly cooked and the meal included a good helping of fresh salad. The white wine was lovely. Good friendly service and pleasant surroundings with no children made this a very enjoyable meal.

Thank Jancrow4
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting nelson with a friend and popped in for something easy to eat. It was a Saturday night and fairly busy but we were served quickly and politely. We ordered a burger each with onion rings and chips which were all very yummy - nice and simple pub food! Staff were lovely and friendly and even stopped to offer advice... More 

Thank baymanbutt
Geelong, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wet days hiking Abel Tasman National Park and then enjoyed a terrific dinner and drinks at teh Vic Brewbar in Nelson. The waiter and service was first class with top notch recommendations for beers and wines to match our food. Not only did he know his stuff, but got it right and provided a great NZ pub... More 

Thank David M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the $20 burger special, available some weekdays. Includes a drink, which makes it good value as the drinks can be $9. We asked for no buns, but they came with buns & I asked if there was mayonnaise and was told no, just a guacamole spread; but the salad on the burger was soaked in mayo. Not a huge... More 

Thank IntoTheWorldUK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We were a large group looking for somewhere to eat late on a public holiday. The team at the Brew Bar were great at sorting us out. Good menu, friendly atmosphere, fun evening with family.

Thank KaritaneMartin
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Been here several times before. Luke the beers, but I had the monkfish fish and chips main. Not overly impressed. Too much batter and very little fish. The salad was a garnish. Other Brew Bars across the country do the F & C better. On the plus side, my wife's pork ribs were melting off the bone. Talk about food... More 

Thank Buckoinchch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly The Victorian Rose Pub & Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 7631
The Vic Brewbar is the South Island’s first fully-fledged Mac’s Brewbar. Found in the historic Victorian Rose building on Trafalgar Street and known by locals as the “Vic Rose”, the Brewbar is a unique Nelson pub and restaurant that offers live entertainment every weekend, great service from friendly staff, delicious food and all your favourite beers on tap. It’s no wonder The Vic is a staple of the local hospitality industry!

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