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“Gem of a place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pembroke Wines & Spirits

Pembroke Wines & Spirits
24 Dungarvon Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7818
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Ranked #2 of 63 Restaurants in Wanaka
Cuisines: Pub, Wine Bar, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Description: Pembroke Wines and Spirits offers the wine lover an extensive selection of Central Otago wines, superb New Zealand and Australian wines, and other distinguished wines from around the world. The craft beer enthusiast will find Wanaka's largest selection of New Zealand craft beers to drink in or takeaway. We are also proud to have three varieties of Emerson's beers on tap. Located at 24 Dungarvon Street, Wanaka, John and Karen have set up the kind of place where you can get a decent glass of wine from a hand-picked list for an honest price. The unique idea of combining wine retail with a wine bar is proving popular with locals and tourists alike, so next time you're in the area drop by Wanaka's favourite wine and craft beer hangout.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Gem of a place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

John and Karen (owner operators) and their able staff are always warm and welcoming. John has some excellent chat and one of the most extensive craft beer selections. You can buy a glass and watch the sunset from the comfort of the shop or a table outside then buy the bottle to take home for dinner - and if you're stuck for a bottle to match the meal you can avail yourself of John and Karen's almost limitless wine knowledge, they've never steered me wrong.

This little gem is an absolute must if you're visiting the area.

Visited April 2013
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English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Simply the Best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

John Halum (owner) is the "Liquor legend of Wanaka." He's one of the longest owner/operators (which is a dying breed) in Wanaka and his friendly kiwi hospitality shines through. Always a pleasure to visit John's shop to have a drink and a yarn with him. Pembroke Wines & Spirits should add craft beers to their name. They have the best selection of New Zealand's microbrewed beers and some are world-class amazing. When in Wanaka, do yourself a favour and visit this fine establishment,

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A place which actually sells craft beer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Firstly, when a place says it sells craft beer you develop certain expectations, Pembroke Wines and Spirits delivers on that expectation.

The owner, who seems to enjoy a good chat is very welcoming too and has good knowledge on the selection in the shop.

Great place to go for a real drink with a good atmosphere.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Friendly Atmosphere, Very Knowledgeable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Came by to do some whiskey tasting on our way out for the night on a weekend trip up to ski at Treblecone. The staff was very helpful and quickly made me feel at home. They were extremely knowledgeable and helped us get started with a few different kinds of whiskey. Nice store with a huge selection for drinkers and newbies alike.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KJHH29, Public Relations Manager at Pembroke Wines & Spirits, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
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“Very friendly, great recommendations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stopped in to pick up a bottle of local pinot nor. After looking for a few minutes and reading all of the labels the gentleman behind the counter asked if we'd like some help selecting. We told him our price range and he gave us an excellent recommendation which we enjoyed later that evening. We also got to chatting and he gave us a little history about Wanaka and the wine country. Great little shop.

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