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The Library

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Address: 53 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-382 8593
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Tue 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Hidden away upstairs in the heart of Courtenay Place sits The Library. Fun...

Hidden away upstairs in the heart of Courtenay Place sits The Library. Fun and frivilous cocktails, exquisite and obscure wines, delicious desserts, exceptional cheese and scrumptious savoury snacks make this a great place to meet before or after a show. The Library also has live music every Tuesday and Friday evening.

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Excellent food and atmosphere

We were meeting people for the first time from out of town and we selected The Library based on its location in Courtenay Place. We reserved a table and were quickly seated and... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Duncan W
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Wellington, NZ
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are coming here for a drink you can't complain. Great cocktail menu starting relatively cheap. For me the vibe isn't quite there. The place is great in theory but in execution something is missing.

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Wellington, NZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were meeting people for the first time from out of town and we selected The Library based on its location in Courtenay Place. We reserved a table and were quickly seated and served. A good variety of cocktails and deserts. Good atmosphere which we all enjoyed. Would certainly go there again, but recommend making a reservation like we did... More 

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Thank Duncan W
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place. Great atmosphere and yummy desserts and cocktails. Love 2 for 1 nights! Always a good night out.

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Thank JanineC2907
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The library always has great 2 for 1 nights, with desserts and cocktails. The books lining the walls give it such a cozy feel and the service is always impeccable!

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Thank annakN9976NV
Auckland, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Library is a great place for those after dinner drinks. A comprehensive cocktail menu and a great vibe. You have got to try the Radioactive Mai Tai. The fact you are only allowed three per night gives you an idea how potent they are.

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Thank Durry-357
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set out as a library, with a variety of seating and a few nooks and crannies to sit in as well as more open areas. A very good choice of cocktail, but some were quiet expensive. The House Favourites at NZ13-16 seemed the best option. We had a nice drink (Party Thyme) before moving on for food elsewhere.

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Thank Neil C
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really nice, interesting bar. Very classy without making you feel uncomfortable, relaxing vibe with good music. The staff really know their mixes and are very happy and willing to share their advice.

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Thank onlynay
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped in for an after dinner drink. Great friendly staff, amazing bar menu, and the ambiance is like your parents basement from the 1970s - basically its great. Do get in and get a drink!

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Thank Shawn C
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Library is an awesome place to meet friends for cocktails and small plates. Their menu is extensive and although it's on the pricey side, go there on a Wednesday for two for one cocktails!

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Thank HayleyNZ87
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

As a librarian, I was more than a little excited to visit this bar. Appreciate that the staff humoured me as I gushed about this to them. Fabulous cocktails. Especially the Randy Savage!

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Thank Michelle S

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