The Backbencher is an historic gastropub opposite Parliament buildings in Wellington city.

Notorious as the venue of the long running political TV show Backbenches, the menu boasts an enticing mix of fine local wines, craft beers and delicious dishes priced to attract the quirky mix of MPs, policy wonks and discerning voters who dine beneath the curious display of puppets adorning this timeless bar restaurant. Open 7 days.

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Tailor made functions have become our speciality.

We cater for weddings, 21st’s, Christmas parties, conferences, breakfasts, meetings, wakes, casual drinks and everything in between. With capacity for up to 300 people downstairs in our restaurant, we are able to cater to a huge range of events. Janelle Schreiber is our full time dedicated functions manager with a passion and a proven track record in producing successful events for clients.

Downstairs Room Hire
Street bar and Lounge
Dining Room
Standing Orders
Back Bar
All front areas
Whole Backbencher

Contact Janelle Schreiber for a quote on:
Phone: 04 472 3065


34 Molesworth St, Wellington 6011


04-472 3065

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