Food & Drink

11 Of The Best Bars To Visit In Hawke’s Bay

By Urban List Writers
8th Jul 2022

When it comes to whipping up mouth-watering kai and creating world-class wine, Hawke’s Bay deserves a standing ovation. Known for its chardonnay and beautiful art deco architecture, Hawke's Bay is filled with cool urban bars and eateries. So, once you're done climbing Te Mata Peak and golfing on one of the world's top courses, hit the road to indulge in the ever-growing food and wine scene.

For more rad recommendations for where to eat and drink in Hawke's Bay, check out this excellent site from Hawke's Bay Tourism.

Matisse Wine Shop & Bar


The perfect blend of wine and art, this visually stunning wine bar in the heart of Napier CBD is a great spot to while away an afternoon. Their wine list is full of unique and wonderful gems that tell a story, so get settled in to explore the extensive wine list and seasonal menu of snacks and small plates.

The Urban Winery

Ahuriri Napier

Situated in the National Tobacco Factory Building, The Urban Winery is an oasis for people who are serious about great wine, great beer and a great night out. Tony Bish is a chardonnay specialist who has crafted wine in Hawke's Bay for decades. Now using unique 1600L concrete tanks, Tony’s wine is consistently named among the country’s best. The Urban Winery is his cellar door and also retails other Hawke's Bay wines made by Tony’s friends. Visitors can do a wine tasting at the cellar door or stop for a platter of charcuterie, with live music regularly on the cards too.

Teresa Bar


This sexy speakeasy hidden behind an Italian deli focuses on celebrating local and seasonal unique produce, so it's perfect for aperitivo hour or a late-night sip. Teresa Bar is the brainchild of Sarah Mitchell and Andrea Marseglia, who is regularly named among the country’s leading bartenders, expect captivating cocktails that are presented with a side of theatrics.

Hastings Distillers Tasting Room


One of Hastings' hottest hydration spots, the distillery's tasting room is the perfect spot for a flight with harmonious nibbles to enhance the botanical notes of the locally distilled and award-winning gin.

People having drinks on the alfresco alley at Monica Loves

Monica Loves


Tucked down a Napier CBD laneway, look for the neon sign and you’ll know you’re in the right place for top-notch cocktails, a beer list with regular surprises on tap and a Hawke’s Bay-centric wine list. Monica Loves has a range of mouth-watering food available in tapas style, utilising fresh ingredients from local suppliers, including Mister D, Chantal Organics and Hands Down Tortillas!

Smith and Sheth Wine Lounge

Havelock North

Tucked behind Porters Hotel in the Havelock North Village you’ll find the cosy Smith and Sheth Wine Lounge. Offering a range of sommelier-selected wines that will delight. Escape the hustle and bustle and make yourself at home on their patio.

Customers enjoying drinks at the outdoor area of the bar. A cycle with green neon lights hangs on the fence.

Market Street


Cocktails are Market Street’s speciality. Pretty much anything you can dream up, they can create. The rosebud cocktail comes highly recommended. Plus, if you’re in on a Thursday, complement your drink with dollar dumplings!

West Quay


West Quay is a mecca of urban bars ready to serve up a glass of Hawke’s Bay wine, a fresh cocktail or a cold pint. With incredible views of the Ahuriri Harbour, West Quay hosts a range of bars and watering holes, with favourites including The Gin Trap and Shed 2, while Boat Ramp Eatery on the far side of the harbour has a Hawke’s Bay wine list worth travelling for.

Giant Public House

Havelock North

The Giant brewpub is a modern interpretation of a classic institution, pouring their core range of full-flavoured craft beer, with a rotating selection of drops from independent New Zealand breweries. Whether it be a European-style pilsner, fruity IPA or coffee mocha stout, the beer is excellent and worth a second pint. And if you’re hungry, Good Company Catering will fill you up with the likes of chips, burgers and pork ribs.

A dimly lit bar with neon lighting under the bar countersCommon Room


The street front is pretty unassuming, but as you push through the doors you find yourself in a dimly lit lounge, walls adorned with memorabilia and out the back the sweetest little urban garden bar – you won’t want to leave.

Brave Brewing


Launched in late 2014, Brave is a small, award-winning brewery located in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay. This business is family owned and operated, and can now be found at their brand new premises in central Hastings, with an onsite taproom, eatery and cellar door. It’s your friendly neighbourhood brewery and, while they and their cult following have grown, their ethos hasn't changed. They make quality, flavourful beer and serve it to you fresh. 

While you're in the area, be sure to check out 8 of the best restaurants in Hawke’s Bay.

Image credit: Monica Loves, Teresa Bar, Market St, Common Room.

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