Museum Art Hotel, Wellington

* Museum Art Hotel is now QT Museum Wellington *

I’ve read that interior designer Michael Nolder was tasked with creating ‘New Zealand’s best bar and something completely over the top’ when redesigning Hippopotamus Bar at Museum Art Hotel in Wellington. In my opinion he nailed it, here it is in all its elegant glory ……..

Hippopotamus Bar, Museum Art Hotel

Hippopotamus Bar, Museum Art Hotel

The rooms at the hotel are currently undergoing a ‘Coco Chanel inspired’ renovation. The Classic Rooms we’ve stayed in were definitely missing the quirky and creative touches apparent throughout the public areas of the hotel. There was nothing at … Read the rest

Thirsty Wellington – Unusual Places For A Brew

Below are a few unusual places for a brew, alcoholic or otherwise in Wellington ….

The Backbencher Gastropub, 34 Molesworth Street
The Backbencher Gastropub is opposite Parliament and has a political theme. There have been a series of satirical political puppets strung up over the years. Prime Minister John Key unveiled a new set of puppets in 2013, including one of himself disco dancin’. We’ll see if he’ll be ‘stayin’ alive’ after the 2014 election.

PM John Key disco dancin' & Minister Gerry Brownlee working on the Christchurch rebuild

PM John Key disco dancin’ & Minister Gerry Brownlee working on the Christchurch rebuild

There are a few spaces to eat and drink. You can … Read the rest

More than movies at Roxy Cinema & Embassy Theatre in Wellington

We don’t go to the movies often enough, it’s a cheap ticket to a foreign land, or at least a window into another world. We didn’t go to the movies in Wellington either, but we did find there’s more to Roxy Cinema in Miramar and Embassy Theatre in downtown Wellington than movie theatres. (And excellent theatres they are too according to rave reviews I’ve read).

Art Deco facade of Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington

Art Deco facade of Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington

Old fashioned sweets in lolly jars for movie munchies

Old fashioned sweets in lolly jars for movie munchies

Roxy Cinema was formerly known as Capitol Theatre and was built in 1928. The last movie screened … Read the rest

Craft beer at Black Dog Brew Co in Wellington?

I really wanted to like the Lucky Mongrel golden ale at Black Dog Brew Co, but it was the White Fang wheat beer that got me up for a second glass. Mike’s pick was the Golden Lab, I don’t know if they’re attempting to match beer to personalities but Mike’s definitely a docile lab and I can be feisty at times.

White Fang & Golden Lab at BlackDog Brew Co

White Fang & Golden Lab at BlackDog Brew Co

Tasting tray $24

Tasting tray $24

You know you’re drinking in a working brewery at Black Dog, big shiny silver tanks sit next to boxes of Chomp NZ Pale Ale. There’s a growler … Read the rest