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Golden Bear Brewing Company

Certificate of Excellence
Bar, Mexican, Pub
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12 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand
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Bowral, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to sit back, soak up the sun with a beer in your hand. This place is very popular and I know why. Great beer and some yummy plates of food. Nice place to visit

Thank 561kim
Mapua, New Zealand
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116 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Delicious local beer and cider. The staff here are great , professional and friendly. Definitely worth a visit next time you're in Mapua. And it will be even better when the planting has been done around the seating.

Thank ReneeClothier
Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I had a nice afternoon beer there with a friend of mine. They have a nice selection of NZ craft beers.

Thank Thomas Z
Currumbin, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful tasting craft beer !!!! Well worth a bit of time to try them all. This place will grow and grow in popularity. If you love beer you will s place.

Thank Graaayso
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Visited in a weekend. Funky local band playing, lovely boutique beer. Highly recommend to any one traveling through the local area. The views in itself are all you need

Thank Allira M
London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Enjoyed a few local pints in the sun on one of the outdoor tables. We grabbed some chips from The Smokehouse and enjoyed them with our beer. Ask the bartenders about the beers to help decide which you'd like to try. Great atmosphere, great beers.

Thank Jay_French_FRNZ
Morro Bay, California
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Sat outside and enjoyed a beer. The weather was perfect and the views of the wharf and water were lovely. We loved it and so happy it was recommended to us by a local since we were just touring NZ.

Thank mags5252
Nelson, New Zealand
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180 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Recently and significantly expanded as part of the Mapua Wharf area redevelopment, the Golden Bear now has much more outdoor space and seating with wider views. Catering for groups, couples and families. We'll worth several visits.

Thank JohnandTracy_L
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Modern pub take located at Mapura Wharf. What's not to like sat outside on a sunny evening watching the tide flow up the estuary with a couple of pints of Fat Toad - the perfect local.

Thank Paul N
Los Angeles, California
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

The owner is a friend of a friend so we went to visit him. Little did we know that he moved here and has become a premiere beer company. What a nice crowd of people to watch music while looking at the water. The beer was great, the music great and the scenery great! A nice little hamlet.

Thank laurie a

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Mexican, Pub
Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?