Fiordland & Southland drinking and nightlife

Pub in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

South Sea Hotel

Welcome to one of NZ's classic pubs, complete with stellar cod and chips, beer by the quart, a reliable cafe (mains $15 to $33) and plenty of friendly banter in the public bar. Great at any time of day (or night), a…
Cafe in Invercargill

Zookeepers Cafe

Parrot-design sofas and flying swordfish provide the distinctive animal-themed backdrop to this Invercargill institution. Stop by in the daytime for coffee and a satisfying menu of Caesar salads and BLTs, or for the…
Bar in Te Anau

Black Dog Bar

Cocktails, Kiwi-style tapas, a smooth soundtrack and plump black sofas by an open fire...they all conspire to make Black Dog the most sophisticated watering hole in Te Anau. It's attached to the Fiordland Cinema,
Cafe in Invercargill

Blue River Dairy

Only sheep's milk could make an expertly poured flat white even silkier. Also on sale at this pocket-sized dairy shop and cafe are cheeses, including tangy cheddar and tasty halloumi, all made from Southland sheep's…
Bar in Invercargill


Invercargill's liveliest gastropub is rightly popular and not bad-looking either, with trendy wallpaper and muted lighting from oversized lampshades. There's live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm. Food is a c…
Pub in Te Anau

Ranch Bar & Grill

An open fire and chalet-style eaves heighten the appeal of this popular local pub, most loved for its hefty Sunday roast dinners ($15), Thursday jam nights and sports matches on big screens. Show up for big pancake …
Bar in Invercargill

Tillermans Music Lounge

The saviour of Southland's live-music scene, Mr Tillerman’s venue hosts everything from thrash to flash, with a battered old dance floor to show for it. Visit the fun downstairs Vinyl Bar, which is open from 8pm, to…
Pub in Te Anau

Fat Duck

This corner bar with pavement seating is a sound choice for sipping a pint or two of Mac's beer. The kitchen dishes up upmarket gastropub and cafe fare (chicken and avo burgers, Thai beef salad) in generous portions…
Pub in Kaka Point & Around

Point Cafe & Bar

A one-stop shop for souvenirs, takeaway fried everything or decent full-blown meals of blue cod or lamb shank (mains $18 to $29), the Point is best for a beer at a window seat facing the sea.
Pub in Gore

Howl at the Moon

With indoor and outdoor drinking zones and a colourful cast of locals, the Howl is a pleasant enough venue to sink some pinot noir.