Current opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Open Sundays for Wellington Hurricanes’ home fixtures

The Backbencher Gastropub
04 472 3065
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington



The Backbencher is an historic gastropub opposite Parliament located in Wellington.


The Backbencher Gastropub is notorious as the venue of the long running political TV show Backbenches, our menu boasts an enticing mix of local wines, craft beers and delicious dishes.

A quirky mix of MPs, policy wonks and discerning voters regularly dine beneath the curious display of puppets and caricatures adorning this timeless bar restaurant.



PSA – GrabOne Voucher Holders:

If you have a Grabone voucher which expired in April, we are happy to take off the price of the 2, 4 or 6 person vouchers from your overall bill.

We appreciate your support and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please ring or email to book and state that you have a GrabOne voucher. We will be honoring the vouchers until the 28th of August 2020.






‘Great spot! Beers are well kept, the food is delicious and the staff are friendly and helpful. Looking forward to getting back for a Guinness’ –

Simon Herod via Google Reviews



“A Wellington institute if you’re in town for the night! Great food and lots of kiwi beers on tap” –

Nick Kingstone via Google Reviews



“It’s an honour to be part of such an enormous a Backbencher tradition” –

Jacinda Ardern on her puppet unveiling in 2018


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