Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in Hamilton. To help you find the best Bars located near you in Hamilton, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Hamilton’s Best Bars:
The top rated Bars in Hamilton are:
- Wonder Horse – home to local beers and spirits
- The Helm Bar & Kitchen – a great place to unwind with friends and family
- Biddy Mulligans – pioneered the Irish pub culture in Waikato
- The Local Taphouse – beloved bar and brewery
- The Cook – Hamilton-based bar supporting sustainable practices
Wonder Horse has an irresistible food and drinks menu combined with top-notch entertainment. It is located in Hamilton, New Zealand offering a wonderful range of handcrafted cocktails and locally-manufactured beers. The cocktails menu features in-house specialties like The Sour, Daiquiri, Negroni, Corpse Reviver No. 2, The Trident, Old Fashioned, Mint Julip, Bamboo and Blue Blazer. This goes well with their snack offerings of burgers, wontons, calamari, fries, and grilled ciabatta. Wonder Horse hosts the Beer Club every Wednesday and Whisky Club happening once a month.
Cocktails: The Sour, Corpse Reviver No.2, Blue Blazer, Daiquiri, Mint Julip, Old Fashioned, The Trident, Bamboo, Negroni, Paloma, Southside, Junglebird, Old Cuban, Hot Lips, Penicillin, Last Word, Champs-élysées, Flip; Edamame Beans, Cheeseburger Slider, Grilled Ciabatta, Blue Cheese Wontons, Szechuan Pepper Calamari, Frites & Ketchup
“Excellent cocktail bar in a unique location. Most of my visits here have been to partake in the whisky nights. Each time they bring a new range of six different incredible whiskies to try. Alex offers an informative briefing before the tasting of each whisky which helps establish their uniqueness. Other than the whisky night, the cocktails are fantastic. All made with higher quality liqueurs and made to perfection. Would highly recommend.” –Ryan Murray
The Helm Bar & Kitchen
The Helm Bar & Kitchen can be found near the Waikato Stadium close to the edge of Hamilton’s central area. Its location provides convenience to the central business district residents and Te Rapa community. The bar has a spacious indoor and outdoor area ideal for game watching or a satisfying dinner. Guests can choose to dine indoors with its cosy interiors or enjoy the fairy lights at its garden bar for a unique dining experience. They have Heineken on tap, wines, and draught beers that can be paired with their mouth-watering food menu. Happy hour happens on Thursday and Friday from 4-6 pm while live entertainment is available every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening courtesy of local musician Simon Hirst.
Snacks, Burgers, Platters, Pizza, Beer Wine Cocktails Non-Alcohol
“Located in the heart of Hamilton The Helm Bar & Kitchen is a great place to have a quiet drink and watch the game, Plenty of parking Delicious food, Fast and Friendly service. Highly Recommend.” –Harwera Moke
Biddy Mulligans remains to be the only authentic Irish pub within the Waikato region. It was formerly located at Victoria Street and is now set at the Waikato District Health Board Building at the Hood Street of Hamilton. The bar promises an excellent range of spirits, wine, beer and food combined with live music available from Mondays to Sundays. An exciting list of entertaining programmes has been laid out to better serve their clients. Among them are the Poker and Open Mic Night on Mondays, Live Celtic Music on Tuesdays, Karaoke, Poker and Quiz Night on Wednesday, performances by the KCC House Trio on Thursday, Kicking the Mary and the Rockin the Front Bar by Friday, Rockin the Front Bar and Decibel on Saturday capped off by a Sunday Showcase.
Classic Pizza, Light Meals, Burgers, Mains, Desserts, Beers, Wine, Spirits
“Love the atmosphere, staff are helpful and friendly and it’s the cheapest place in town for the beersies 😁🍻 every night there’s something going on.” –Natasha Hauraki
The Local Taphouse
The Local Taphouse is a Hamilton-based bar and brewery serving irresistible craft beers, ciders and sumptuous food. With its central location, customers can visit for a relaxing dinner with friends and family. They have partnered with Good George which means that more local brews are available for public consumption. The on-site brewing tanks are a sure invitation to beer lovers while the lovely outdoor and indoor sections offer convenience and comfort. Live music is a regular thing at The Local Taphouse with well-known artists and musicians gracing their stage.
From The Ground And Sea, From The Cow, From The Chicken, Make It A Combo, For The Kids, Drinks, Desserts, Beers, Ciders, Pack Brews, Wine, Non-Alcoholic
“We are holidaying in Hamilton and really glad we chose this spot for dinner. The burgers were amazing – we had a Big Chief, a Dirty and a kids cheeseburger and they were all great. There was a wait (busy Saturday night) but the staff let us know before we ordered.
Really nice beer too. The APA was delicious. The kids enjoyed picking songs and the booths were comfy. Great value too which was the icing on the cake.” –Hannah Henderson
The Cook started a classic way of dining and enjoying a drink with friends as early as the 1800s. Its vintage decors and interiors are now complemented by modern fixtures presenting a contemporary atmosphere. They are a bar operating in Hamilton, New Zealand pioneering sustainability and environment-friendly practices. Among them are their programs that encourage the recycling of cans and reusing of glass bottles. The local bar is home to the fine selections of ciders and beers of Good George. This is best paired with their small bites, mains and platter menu.
Good George Beers, Good George Ciders, Real Good Seltzer, Tasting Rack, Pizza, Smalls, Salads, Mains, Platters
“Been there today with a friend. The first impression was fine, ample place, lots of seats and a friendly atmosphere. Waiters were fast to attend to customers and serving food. We had two different beers made in house, IPA and another one that I forgot. We had as jugs, a large and a regular one. Tasted very good, worth every drop. Fettuccine with mushrooms were delicious and enough for a hunger. Toilets were clean. It has a small outdoor area, wish it was larger because of the great weather. There is a small game lounge for addictive players. Good for couples and groups as well. Worth coming and will be back again soon.” –Mauricio Kimura