Mr. Pickles

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Tuesday12:00 – 11:00 pm.

Wednesday12:00 – 11:00 pm.

Thursday12:00 – 11:00 pm.

Friday12:00 – 11:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 11:00 pm.


298 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central

07 839 7989

Tucked down the far end of Riverbank Lane, Mr. Pickles is a casual bar and eatery with a high standard of food, drink and service. Staff look super dapper in white tees and dark green aprons, but mixed with the cheeky marketing and menu, this place is proof that a restaurant can be both suave and easy-going all at the same time. Operating from an impressive island bar, pull up a stool and watch the talented bartenders strut their stuff, or take your tipple out to the impressive patio and watch the sun set over the mighty Waikato River.

Feeling hungry? Mr. Pickles opens at midday, so you can perch here for lunchtime eats onwards. Designed to share, the menu is not a fixed thing but instead revolves around what customers want to see, and the waitstaff will cheerfully remind you that what works for you, works for them. The best choice for indecisive diners will likely be the ‘build your own’ charcuterie board which lets you choose from options like prosciutto, salami, chorizo, hummus, olives and a selection of cheeses. Proud to source goods from nearby growers, farmers and makers, Restaurant Manager ‘Jono’ will tell you that as important as it is to buy from local producers, it’s more important to buy off and support awesome people. Served with bread, jams, preserves and pickles (obviously), this sharing board is the perfect icebreaker for nervous first dates or an easy way to impress out-of-towners with what’s great in Hamilton.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

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298 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central

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