Nivara Lounge

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Tuesday5:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Wednesday5:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Thursday5:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Friday5:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Saturday5:00 pm – 12:00 am.


266 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central

07 838 0306

Escape the hubbub of Victoria Street and disappear into Hamilton’s dark room. This underground retro lounge is a shady haven of music, hosting local and international artists with a large stage, homely atmosphere, groovy lights and a dance floor.

Well regarded as 'the place’ to listen to live music in Hamilton, Nivara Lounge serves craft beer, wines, and a range of snack food for you to chew on while you listen to the beats on offer (they also sell old vinyls). People rave about the friendly service, warm vibes and fun atmosphere. Hosting a range of musicians, Nivara Lounge also attracts visitors from far and wide, establishing itself as the hub of live music in the Waikato and beyond.

They host a range of other events, including theatre, burlesque, comedy and film, with a cafe area to eat cake and drink Diesel Coffee as you enjoy the retro chandeliers. Nivara Lounge loves supporting up and coming artists, and with great acoustics and a loyal community of patrons it often serves as a welcoming stage to young performers. Well-loved by the locals and staffed by a friendly host of characters, this place is a Hamilton icon.

Whether you’re looking for a shady place to get lost in some music or eager to relive an era gone by with your old band mates, Nivara Lounge is the destination for you. Keep an eye on their Facebook page or website as well as Event Finda to keep up to date with what’s going on - when tickets are needed you'll have to get in quick.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

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266 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central

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