Hawke's Bay drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Hastings & Around

GodsOwn Brewery

This super microbrewery 22km east of Hastings is run from a safari tent, a caravan and a few outdoor tables. On a compact brewing set-up, traditional European beer styles like biere de gardes and saisons are crafted…
Bar in Napier

Monica Loves

Big-city laneway style comes to Napier at this bar tucked away off Tennyson St. Look for the big neon sign proclaiming 'Who shot the barman?' and you're in the right place for top cocktails, a beer list with regular…
Bar in Hastings & Around

Common Room

There's pretty much nothing wrong with this hip little bar in central Hastings: cheery staff, bar snacks, craft beer, local wines, a creative retro interior, a garden bar, Persian rugs, live music and a tune-scape r…
Craft Beer in Hastings & Around

Brave Brewing Co

Brave's cool and compact tasting room on the edge of central Hastings showcases its own brews – ask if the Tigermilk IPA is available – and regular guest beers from brewing mates around the country. Curious beer fan…
Cocktail Bar in Hastings & Around

Hugo Chang

When the lights go down over Havelock North and a hush falls over the vine rows, over-25s with a yearning for some urban savvy head for Hugo Chang – a tucked-away, Asian-themed bar serving up cocktails, local wines …
Bar in Napier


Napier's most civilised bar, Emporium is super atmospheric, with its marble-topped bar, fab art-deco details and old-fashioned relics strewn about. Brisk staff, creative cocktails, good coffee, NZ wines, bistro fare…
Bar in Napier

Thirsty Whale

Does a whale drink? Or just filter krill? Either way, this big dockside bar is a sporty spot to join some fellow mammals for a brew or a bite (mains $12 to $39). Beneath 'Hawke's Bay's biggest screen' is the place t…
Cocktail Bar in Napier

4th Door Lounge Bar

The 4th Door offers an alternative to Ahuriri's waterfront bars. It's a classy, moody little nook, perfect for a pre-dinner drink, or a nightcap. Occasional live jazz and piano tunes on weekends.
Pub in Napier


The pick of the big rambling restaurant-bars out on the Ahuriri waterfront, where the city council is endeavouring to isolate noisy after-dark crowds. Enjoy seafood in the sunshine (mains $14 to $35), lofty interior…
Bar in Hastings & Around


All day and all night (well, almost) Diva delivers a sexy fusion of orange, black and chocolatey timber – the backdrop for bar snacks, bistro-style meals, Hawke's Bay wines and killer cocktails (try the Long Island …