Summer hydration spots
With the Hawke's Bay sun packing a punch during the summer months, there’s nothing more satisfying than cooling off from the inside out with an icy beverage.
Whether you’re after craft beer, award-winning Hawke’s Bay wine, a creative cocktail or a drink with a kick – you’ll find it at our pick of Hawke’s Bay’s watering holes.
You can find Market St in the heart of Napier’s CBD. With a stunningly modern interior, the bar also offers a courtyard out the back and a shaded seating area outside its front doors. A part of the Heineken Bar family, Market St offers an impressive, mouth-watering drinks list with an equally delicious menu to match. If you’re in the city and looking for somewhere to quench your thirst that offers that inner-city feel, Market St is your perfect match.
This rural(ish) cidery and taproom is one to add to your Hawke’s Bay itinerary. Stop in to Fernhill (between Hastings and Napier) for their award-winning and truly delicious cider, straight from the tanks to the tap. Offering flavours from their cult classic Apple Crumble Cider (yum!) to limited seasonal releases, you can enjoy a flight of flavours in the sun overlooking the boutique-sized surrounding orchard.
A long-standing Napier favourite, Monica Loves is a popular spot for locals to stop in after work for an icy beverage. Tucked behind Mister D Restaurant, you’ll find Monica Loves nestled down a small alleyway off Tennyson Street - you can’t miss it, you’ll spy the iconic ‘Who Shot the Barman?’ neon sign from the entrance. An intimate bar and dining spot, the bartenders are experts are creating the perfect cocktails, plus you’ll find a drinks list for any taste and preference. Take a seat inside the dimly lit bar, or choose a table outside for those warmer days – it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink during your visit.
Known as ‘the sweetest little bar in Hastings’, the Common Room is a staple in the Hastings bar scene having been voted ‘Hawke’s Bay’s Best Local’ for three years running. Located on Heretaunga Street East, you’ll find great wine, great craft beer and a simple menu that has been done well. You may even catch live-music, with popular local and national bands stopping in to provide top-notch tunes. Discover the Garden Bar on Wednesdays – Sundays 10am till late during the summer months.
The Urban Winery
Located in the iconic National Tobacco Factory (arguably Hawke’s Bay’s most famous Art Deco building), the Urban Winery is a must-visit while visiting Napier. Born from the genius of winemaker Tony Bish, you’ll find world-class chardonnay’s through its doors and The Golden Egg – a 1600L egg shaped tank that you have to see in person. Featuring a glorious interior that matches the exterior, it’s the perfect place to stop in for a drink (or two) during summer – they have an epic drinks list boasting tasty local drops. Keep an eye on their Facebook Page as they often have live music each week, featuring an array of talented local artists.
Three Wise Birds – Garden Bar
Cider lovers – this one is for you! The newest Cidery & Garden Bar in Hastings, Three Wise Birds offers a relaxed atmosphere nestled within the orchards where they source apples for their delicious cider. Wrap your hands around a chilled cider of your choice and take a seat at the outdoor tables and couches or sprawl out on the grass for the afternoon with friends.
Emporium Eatery & Bar
Step into Napier’s iconic Art Deco Masonic Hotel and discover Emporium Eatery & Bar - a bar that celebrates it's 1930s-era heritage. A well-known spot for locals and visitors alike, you can take a seat at the bar or one of the many tables to flick through the extensive beverage list to find your new favourite. If an elegant wining and dining experience is up your alley, relax in the adjacent lounge – an intriguing and intimate area where you can the best food and drinks in style.
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