Handpicked by a Queenstown Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Queenstown Pubs'.

Our guide to finding your perfect pint in a pub that also delivers on atmosphere in Queenstown and the surrounding region.  

The Assembly Gastropub

The Assembly is Queenstown's stunning Kiwi Gastropub that showcases New Zealand's best produce and producers.  Situated in the heart of Queenstown, at the bottom of the Gondola, the spacious gastropub celebrates the rich flavors and fresh ingredients of New Zealand.  Enjoying panoramic views, enjoy a local craft beer and snack on your way down from the mountain or, explore the...

The Ballarat Trading Co

Experience ‘Old World’ Queenstown at this unique gastro pub in the heart of the town. Sit out on the patio or experience the one-of-a-kind ambiance at the Ballarat Trading Co. in downtown Queenstown. The menu features unique dishes, many made from local ingredients. Try the lamb rump with a Pinot Noir jus or a sesame-crumbed tuna. The comprehensive wine list features great bottles from a...


Casual dining is at its best at Brazz.  Stop by for a full meal and a few pints. Brazz has been a great destination for casual dining since 2002.  Located in the centre of Queenstown, this popular bar and grill serves up hearty and delicious food, three meals a day.   From fluffy pancakes and eggs benedict at breakfast, to steak and pork belly, there is something t...


Queenstown's Pub on Wharf invites you to stop by for good value food, live music and great beers in a laid-back pub setting. Enjoying dramatic views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables, Pub on Wharf offers both indoor and outdoor dining and a menu that features a hearty selection of local kiwi favourites with every meal under $20. What's more, the pub serves its renowned superior pints of...

Pog Mahones Irish Pub

It's often said that no town is complete without an Irish pub, and with a visit to Pog's you can easily see why.  Putting the veritable heart and soul into Queenstown's nightlife at its lakefront location, Pog Mahones is a lively, warm and friendly spot to sample a Guinness. Other Irish favourites such as Kilkenny Irish Ale and Magners Cider populate the drinks menu, alongside Kiwi and int...

The Fork and Tap Ale House and Restaurant

Set on the main street of Arrowtown, the Fork and Tap Ale House is a delightful historic bar and restaurant dating back to 1874. Featuring a warm, historic bar, light open dining area, outside bar, garden area with seating, open fire & kids playground. The all day menu serves lunch to dinner with delicious honest food including salads, free-range meats, burgers, pizza, sha...

Smiths Craft Beer

Queenstown's craft beer bar offers a great range of great tasting beers with something to quench every thirst. The focus is very much on the flavour and experimental brewers are welcomed to widen the tastebuds. The beers are paired with food including burgers, pizzas, sharing plates and classic po boy sandwiches You can choose your own, or ask the knowledgeable staff to make a suggestion on the...

1876 Bar and Restaurant

1876 is a relaxed bar and restaurant in a gorgeous historic building in central Queenstown.  This converted former Magistrate's Court provides a welcoming and fun atmosphere with original features like the judge's bench & holding cell! Fantastic food, full bar, sun deck, great atmosphere and awesome service make this bar a must-see in Queenstown. 1876 Bar & Restaurant takes its ...

The World Bar

With its quirky decor and laid back vibe, The World Bar has grown up a bit since its original days but is still a great place to hang out in the town.   Enjoy teapot cocktails or craft beers including 11 on tap or choose from the extensive wine list.    Drinks are matched with great food including homemade burgers and a range of dishes with a special lunch time menu and dish...

Gibbston Tavern

Situated in the wine region of Gibbston, the Gibbston Tavern is tucked away off the main highway running through the picturesque valley. The rustic tavern is packed full of character that comes from being located on a historic site where the gold miners' Gibbston Hotel stood proudly in 1861. It's a relaxed and friendly place to relax and enjoy a beer or two with a menu of quality pub grub. Duri...

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