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Price Range Reasonable
Ambience Lively
Accepts credit cards Yes
Wheelchair access Yes
Smoking area Yes
Takes reservations Yes
Noise level Upbeat
Licence This venue is licenced
Coffee brand Goode Brothers
Specials Yes
Food Options Gluten free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Off street parking Yes
Private functions Yes
Takeaways Yes
Live performances Yes


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Still my favourite place in Auckland for relaxed drinks and yummy food! :)

Want to give your man a great time dining out? If watching a rugby match by the garden bar over craft beer is your thing, you’ll surely enjoy The Elephant Wrestler at Takapuna. Just a few minutes away from the beach, this pub is also a go-to place among locals for almost any kind of entertainment during the week: they host live musical performances, Tuesday quiz night, Summer Jam Jars, free dessert on a Wrestler Date Night, among others. With the Superbowl, UFC, and boxing matches covered every now and then, The Elephant Wrestler is truly a place any sports-loving bloke will enjoy.

Never disappointed coming here. Always enjoy it and so do our kids when we bring them too! :)

I've been to the Elephant Wrestler about 7 times in the last two years. And every single time, they've been efficient, helpful and food has always been excellent. I'd like to highly commend a waitress Katie (Irish girl) for being very attentive and using her personality as part of the service she provided. My friends and I thought she was excellent. I would go so much more often if I lived on the shore. Otherwise that is always the place I like to dine at. Thanks Katie and the EW team. Keep it up!!


North of the bridge lies this spacious, light-filled venue that teams rugby matches on the big screen with yummy pub food. I tried the lamb pizza when I visited and it was a succulent, tasty treat. Cheap meals on Mondays are a draw card too and, in the summer, they retract the roof for an open-air experience. What I'm really excited for though is the that they're showing the All Blacks early morning Rugby World Cup games this year. I'll definitely be down here with a hot coffee in hand and my All Blacks jersey on come game time!

Comment by Heather I.
Thanks Kylie, Its great to hear such awesome feed back :) Hope to see you again soon!

Great atmosphere & always heaps going on. Great summer spot with the open courtyard.

Comment by Heather I.
Thanks Christian,
Comment by Heather I.
we love to hear that you have a great time here with us! Heather - Events Coordinator @ The Elephant Wrestler.

One of my personal favorites! A great list of wine and beers on tap as well as offering a number of tasty meals from the kitchen, including pizza! For me if I’m just catching up with a friend or looking for a night out i always consider wrestling with the Elephant.

This is a great place to get together with friends on a Saturday night, they have dancing inside and a nice patio for outside and even half of the patio is covered which is so great!!!! and its also no too loud outside so you can still have a conversation with friends and actually hear them! Great Place:)

Love catching up with friends at this airy and modern palce nsetled in the heart of takapuna