We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Backbencher Bar and Cafe

$$ - $$$, ,
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 3065
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good56%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“pate” (9 reviews)
“burger” (8 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (213)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 210 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great Friday lunch spot (but book!) good wines, good food and good service! Really nice varied menu too.

Thank -Miss-Williams-123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go for a quiet drink and meal. Close to Parliament and its grounds and you may see them in the bar also after work.

Thank david_costigan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We do enjoy this pub. The food is good and great selection of beer. I made use of a grabone voucher which essentially gave us one course free. We easily spent the saving on drinks and coffee so it was a great deal for the...More

Thank Ah62
Kyla B, Public Relations Manager at The Backbencher Bar and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us! We are replacing the caricature puppets after the election in September, so be on the look out for some fresh faces!

Reviewed August 9, 2017

Beetroot cured salmon with avocado whip, sprout, lentils, almond crumbs....my type of meal. It's got to be delicious right? Wrong! This was one of the worst meals I have had in a restaurant ever. Let's start with the salmon. It was really just a few...More

Thank reno2009
Reviewed August 5, 2017

Ate here on second night in Wellington, looking for a casual meal. It was very busy at 6.30pm and loud, after about an hour it was less busy. Food was ok, service good. Figures of well known "pollies and others" on walls good fun.

Thank Bez490
Reviewed July 25, 2017

I can not rave enough about the staff, the food and sheer hospitality of this restaurant and bar. We were not booked in and there were about 15 of us. They could not have been more helpful. The atmosphere was great, the food was well...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Having a weekend in Wellington we decided to have a few drinks and dinner at the Backbencher A couple of us had not been here before so we were very taken with caricatures on the walls and various pieces of art and literature The staff...More

Thank raglantripper
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

It was hard to find a place to eat near parliament so this was one of our only options. Definitely a pub type feel to the place. Staff were friendly and the food was good with generous serving sizes. Nice view out to the parliament...More

Thank MoniqueVincent
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Following a successful 2nd test we were looking for somewhere to celebrate. All the pubs were packed, the Backbencher erected a pop up bar. It was perfect with great service

1  Thank Braesidedave
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

I haven't to the Backbencher for lunch in a long time so I decided to meet a friend there. It was a busy Friday with the British and Irish Iions in town. However we were able to a table for two without a reservation. My...More

Thank Dean M
Nearby Restaurants
The Thistle Inn
477 reviews
.09 miles away
Artisan Dining House
115 reviews
.20 miles away
The Old Bailey
145 reviews
.19 miles away
Mari Luca Ristoro
120 reviews
.17 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Old St Paul's
929 reviews
.17 miles away
Parliament Buildings
1,370 reviews
.06 miles away
Northern Explorer Train
370 reviews
.16 miles away
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry
437 reviews
.25 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
August 1, 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from JenniSu64 | Reviewed this property |
All day, they serve food from breakfast through to dinner and the bars stay open until the wee small hours - enjoy!
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $25
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Molesworth Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-472 3065
  • E-mail
The Backbencher Gastro Pub is rewound nationwide for its fresh New Zealand cuisine with a great rage of craft beer and wine to choose from. We pride ourselves in fresh house made produce with a little political twist.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing