Best bars

Taupo has great places to relax over a craft beer, wine or meal after a day exploring. Whether you prefer a romantic candle-lit bar, chilling out by the lake or listening to live music until the wee small hours, Taupo has a bar for you!

Romantic bars

Vine Eatery and Bar

Warm up by the cosy fireplace and indulge in the Mediterranean and New Zealand inspired menu, including an extensive range of tapas, shared plate, or a-la-carte options. Enjoy a mulled wine, cocktaill, speciality whiskey, craft beer or choose from the huge wine selection. Find out more about Vine Eatery & Bar.

Plateau Bar & Eatery

Plateau is a classic New Zealand meeting place for locals and visitors alike, serving the finest New Zealand Craft Beers & Kiwi inspired food. You can choose a formal meal from the a la carte restaurant menu or enjoy a craft beer by the cosy fireside, or in the heated outside courtyard area. Find out more about Plateau Bar & Eatery.

Laidback lakeside

Two Mile Bay Sailing

This licensed café and bar sits right over the lake with panoramic views. Enjoy watching the sunsets over the lake with a wood-fired pizza, coffee or a drink. On Sunday evenings, it comes alive as local musicians descend on the venue to jam together. Expect classic rock and roll and blues tunes with a laid-back atmosphere. Find out more about Two Mile Bay Sailing Centre here.

Beach 243

Beach 243 is the perfect place to meet friends and relax while enjoying the views, sitting right on the lakefront. Located within Millenium Hotel, Beach 243 offers all day dining with unique gourmet New Zealand cuisine and a full bar. Find out more about Beach 243 here.

Pub 'n' Grub

Situated in one of the best spots in Taupo's CBD, Pub 'n' Grub offers customers amazing lake and mountain views along with hearty meals and the largest tap beer selection in town. With pool tables inside and huge outdoor seating area out front, it's the ideal place to kick back and relax after a day on the snow. Find out more about Pub 'n' Grub here.


Pitch Sports Bar

Pitch Sports Bar on Tuwharetoa St is a locals favourite - and they definitely come to party. The sports bar hosts some of the best bands in the area on the weekends. With a tasty pub food menu on offer, it's a great place to stop after the mountain for dinner, drinks and dancing. Find out more about Pitch Sports Bar here.

Mulligan's Public House

Mulligan’s Public House is an Irish-themed backpackers bar that goes by their tag line Fine Food, Great Beer, Live Music & Good Craic’. Thursday and Friday nights are their live music and jam night where all musicians of all levels are welcomed to jam on guitar, keyboard, drums, percussions, harmonica, flute, saxophone and other instruments.

Open mic are for good singers so if you have a good set of lungs and a great melodious voice, this might be a great venue for you to let go after a good day of skiing. Find out more about Mulligan's Public House here.

Finn MacCuhal's Irish Pub

Party Irish style in the heart of New Zealand's North Island at Finn MacCuhals. This traditional Irish pub is pumping on the weekends. By day you can chill out on the sun-drenched deck, watch sports on the big screens, have a meal or play a game of pool. 

On Friday and Satruday night, the outdoor deck hosts the best local bands to packed crowds. Indoors, the resident DJ keeps the dance floor humming. Find out more about Finn MacCuhals here.

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