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“Quirky bar”
Review of The Library

The Library
Ranked #2 of 25 Nightlife in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 16, 2013

It's almost hiding in plain sight but persist up the stairs to get to this curious place. Mainly cocktails on offer but they did have something ale like on tap. Expensive and not somewhere I'd spend the whole evening but very enjoyable.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

... and a drink in Wellington. I discovered this place by chance - the entrance is almost hidden- and I immediately loved it. Books everywhere (although it would be advisable to remove some dust), possibility to have a nice drink (although a little bit expensive). The coffee is good but it is served in very small cups. I would widen the list of available sweets.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We enjoyed our tapas plates (4 between 3 was just right). The dessert was particularly special (shared plate for two and churros). Don't let the access put you off - the upstairs setting is very pleasant. We plan to return with friends, and think we have a new favourite.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We are a volunteer group who meet regularly at the Library Bar because it is in a convenient location and perfect for our needs. We get great service although prices are on the high side but the compensation is we get to use the front room which is perfect for us to have guest speakers with projector and screen without disturbing other clients at the Library. The other plus is the comfortable seating and no 'big screen' or over-bearing background music . We notice that the smaller more intimate areas where friends can chill out in a more private way are very popular.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Went to the Library with a friend on Sat night, arrived around 6.30pm on a very cold evening and stayed til 12.30am. We had such a good time, didnt feel rushed or unwelcome, had some very delicious nibbles and the most wonderful dessert. They offer small plates of very tasty morsels.... eg, pate, pastry cheese twists, little lamb pastries, salmon and other items. The desserts are to die for, gorgeous, they always bring us back to this place. The service is always friendly and welcoming.... we love this place.

Just want to clarify that this is not a Library.... it is a bar/restaurant which is decorated in retro 70s style with books all around the walls, booths to sit in to eat, another big room with 70s style furniture and another room with the bar and casual seating. The atmosphere is funky and cosy.

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