Open 7 days a week
11 AM till late, Monday – Sunday

The Backbencher Gastropub
04 472 3065
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington



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


We are reopening on May 15th 2020!


COVID-19 Update: Please click here for information on our
Click and Collect service during COVID-19 Level 3

Please click here to view our lockdown menus

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Currently open for click and collect orders as part of our sister venue Cellar-Vate.

Order via the Regulr app or by emailing


If you have a Grabone voucher which expired in April.
We are happy to take off the cost price of the 2, 4 or 6 person vouchers from the overall bill. We appreciate your support and apologies for any inconvenience caused at this time. Please ring or email to book and please state that you have a voucher and also either bring the voucher or show it to a staff member when paying. We will be honoring the vouchers for the next three months until the 28th of August 2020. please note we are not currently open on Saturday and Sundays.
Any questions please ring or email.



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.





‘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


For bookings please email