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The Backbencher Bar and Cafe

34 Molesworth St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 3065
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Ranked #137 of 656 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $9 - $22
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

After two years away from Wellington dropping in for a drink at the BB was like coming home. Wonderful meeting place to catch up with people and staff made me so welcome - the jazz on a sunny afternoon with a red was just great

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

A local fixture in the Wellington pub restaurant scene. Food and drinks are good quality gastropub fare, perhaps a notch above in the quality stakes. As a pub it's just a pub, but the highlights are the puppets along the walls, larger than life effigies of current politicians. Change regularly depending on who's in the news. Haunt for Wellington beltway... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is my local and I take everyone that visits me here. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious menu. The bar selection is awesome too

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Orewa, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Had nice lunch here where all those in parliament have lunch, when we were their. Bill English was having lunch, there are statues of parliamentarians in comic mode around the walls

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Auckland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Didn't get to eat there...didn't get the chance. I have never in my life been asked to provide proof that the children dining with me in a licensed premises, are mine. We were visitors to Wellington for a sporting event and arranged to meet another group at The Backbencher for dinner. We arrived there and were told that we could... More 

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824Cathy, Guest Relations Manager at The Backbencher Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

The Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 "Legal guardian" means someone who has been appointed by the Court to be a legal guardian. The term does not include other family members such as grandparents , aunts, uncles, older brothers or sisters, spouses or partners. It also Does Not include sports coaches or any other temporary supervisor A Manager is... More 

Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I came here with a large group back in June and just didn't get around to doing a review. It wasn't my pick and when I saw the menu I thought the prices were rather high. I selected Norman's Risotto - a leek, cauliflower, and basil risotto with Kikorangi blue (cheese) which cost NZD $22. I was really disappointed with... More 

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Three of us booked in for an early business lunch at 11.15 am. We were the only diners at that time. The service was inconspicuous (in a good way) - e.g., they asked how the meals were while clearing the table, we weren't disturbed while eating. Two of us had the beef and venison burger, which had a nice contemporary... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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120 reviews 120 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The interior has been redone and a new menu after a fire went throughout the place . This is across the road from parliament and not far from the stadium. The meals are great and are named after the politicians . They have the screens so you can watch the rugby games when on . The staff have always been... More 

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Wgtn, NZ
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Not sure why. Very average pub food, probably too much frying in the cooking. The coffee was good, tho so if in doubt, stick to coffee.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A nice little Bistro menu, each meal being named after a politician. A great range of meals to choose from, the service was great - I need to make a special mention the non-alcoholic "Toffee apple" drink that was VERY tasty! My niece and I had a lovely meal in a vibrant atmosphere. Food quality was great, portions excellent, service... More 

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Additional Information about The Backbencher Bar and Cafe

Address: 34 Molesworth St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-472 3065
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 22
Cuisine: New Zealand

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