Pig & Whistle
Monday11:30 am – 9:00 pm.
Tuesday11:30 am – 9:00 pm.
Wednesday11:30 am – 9:00 pm.
Thursday11:30 am – 9:00 pm.
Friday11:30 am – 12:00 am.
Saturday11:30 am – 12:00 am.
Sunday11:30 am – 10:00 pm.
1182 Tutanekai Street
What would a small town be without a well-loved local pub at its centre? Lucky for Rotorua the historic pub that is Pig & Whistle exists to fill that well revered spot. On any given night of the week you’ll find locals and out-of-towners alike all enjoying the ambiance of a place that has been evolving for years. There’s a wide range of Moa Brewery beers, two ciders, and kombucha on tap. Plus, a fantastic range of New Zealand wines, great pub food, and live entertainment every weekend. Centrally located in a classic piece of bold 1940’s architecture, the Pig & Whistle is a local landmark with a great history, serving as Rotorua’s Police station until 1969.
A big roaring fire in the covered courtyard keeps outdoor eaters warm, alternatively there’s booth seating to settle in at, or high tables to enjoy the atmosphere around the bar. Classic Kiwi pub food is a genre all of its own. Generously sized comfort meals like seafood chowder, lamb salad, and pork spare ribs are all on offer alongside a specialty vegetarian and salad menu. The kitchen team are proud to now only use organic, free-range chicken.
Live music takes the stage here every weekend, and all the big sports matches will be played live too. Pull up a pew, grab a cold beer, and enjoy the atmosphere of a place that will make your visit one you will want to repeat.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
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