Open 7 days a week
11AM till late, Monday-Friday
9AM till late, Saturday & Sunday

The Backbencher Gastropub
04 472 3065
34 Molesworth Street, Wellington


What’s happening!

Calling all wine and food lovers alike!

Join us from 6.30PM on the 19th of July as we go on a journey of flavour, trying some of Martinborough Vineyard’s newer vintages paired with some of our chef’s newest creations. We will also be travelling back in time with our taste buds and refreshing our palates with some older vintages.

We are lucky enough to be joined by Paul Mason as our guide for the evening.
This is not an evening to be missed!
Book your tickets today!

Did someone say ice hockey!?!?

Posted on June 22, 2018

Did someone say ice hockey!?!?

This weekend Team USA and Team Canada are facing off at Westpac Stadium in what is sure to be a high intensity action packed game!

Join us before or after the game and warm up with our special deals especially for the game, we have buds for you and your buds as well as Crown Royal Canadian Whisky to warm your spirits. We’ll see you here!

A match made in Heaven!?

Posted on May 17, 2018

Fish & chips with Emerson’s Pilsner is a match made in heaven!
Cripsy and salty fish & chips pairs perfectly with the light malty sweetness and lengthy dry finish of the Pilsner.
Not a bad drop then!

What better style of beer to have at the back end of summer than a pint refreshing of Kolsch. With a pinch of Lemon Grass and Chili this is an ancient beer style with a modern twist! This is a limited edition seasonal release so get in quick before it runs out!

Try it today!

2018 Press Freedom Debate

Posted on May 5, 2018

On the 3rd of May we held the annual 2018 Press Freedom Debate!

This years moot was ‘‘the observers of politics are smarter than the politicians’’

Grant Walker is the chairman for the night, and was joined by the likes of Nicola Willis, Kris Faafoi, Peter Dunne, Kieran McAnulty, Jane Clifton and David Townsend. It certainly was a powerful clash of powerful minds and personalities.

Thank you so much to everyone who came! It was a fantastic night full of quips, anecdotes and wisdom!
We hope you all took away the message of how important and free and fair press is!
All money raised from ticket sales went to the Media Safety and Solidarity Fund, which provides support to journalists and media workers in the Asia-Pacific region.