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“Great Guinness but no craft beer” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Craic Irish Pub

The Craic Irish Pub
Whakatane Hotel | 79 The Strand, Whakatane, New Zealand
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Ranked #24 of 32 restaurants in Whakatane
Cuisines: Irish
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Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Guinness but no craft beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This prominent corner pub has a large sidewalk section where a dozen or more locals had gathered on an early Friday evening. The atmosphere outside was relaxed with a family or two, large tables of friends, and a tourist or two enjoying pints. Folks come on Harleys, on bicycles, and on foot. The atmosphere inside was also friendly and casual with the same mixture of mostly locals after work having a pint on the way home. When I saw them setting up amps I thought it must be time to go but the sole guitarist played old favourites quite well and softly enough so as not to interrupt conversation. Most folks were drinking lighter ales and lagers but there was smattering of Guinness, spirits and of course reds and whites. Not unusually, there were no craft beers available. A serious deficit in an otherwise great pub.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Gisborne, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Pizza: Forno con legno”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Late evening pizza and a glass of Waikato draught beer. Wood fired pizza oven-delicious pizza. Homer would be in his element.

Visited February 2013
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

I frequently meet friends at The Craic for lunch, dinner or just drinks. There is more than one dining area to choose from as well as outside. My favourite meal is Baileys Chicken and the pizzas are also great. Prices are reasonable. Often there is live music.

Visited November 2012
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Craic Irish Pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Craic is a lively Irish Pub. Very popular during the day and evening. We were given a warm welcome. The choice of drinks and meals was excellent. We both enjoyed our meal and time at the pub, and would visit again

Visited October 2012
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12 restaurant reviews
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“Quiet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I thought it would be busy ona Saturday night butnot many around. Staff friendly and efficient and beer pretty good though!

Visited November 2011
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