Price Range $$ – Reasonable: $8-$10 / $6-$7
Ambience Lively
Accepts credit cards Yes
Noise level Serene
Licence This venue is licenced

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Wine, Beer, Figurines, Wellington Pub


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It is jokingly said that The Backbencher is where real politics take place. This gastro pub boasts a slightly fancier menu, and an extensive wine list, and is home to some of Wellington's best chips. Fun fact: The Backbencher has it's own TV show on Prime.

Friendly atmosphere - great with kids.

An iconic Wellington institution, take the chance to get a photo with your favourite politician’s caricature

Best known as a politics pub, you might not pick chips off the massive, MP-themed menu. However, The Backbencher’s chunky potato chips rate among the best in Wellington - best served with a pint of one of their tap beers.

Some people say this pub is where politics really happen. With an MP-themed menu and puppets of leading political players, a who’s who of politics and business can regularly be spotted here. Head along on Wednesday nights from about 6pm for the filming of pub politics show Backbenches.

Have lunch or grab a beverage with a twist! Across the road from the Beehive, there is the Backbencher pub and cafe where you can have a beer or a bite to eat whilst admiring the figurines around the room of famous NZ icons. These amazing, realistic figurines are made by the people of Weta! Hopefully you’ll see a politician come in to join you as well. No surcharge as well, what more could you ask?

The famous Backbencher pub and cafe, elegant, fine dining and harmless political banter right in the heart of the city next to the beehive

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