Hector Black's

Bars icon Restaurants icon
Bars icon Restaurants icon

MondayClosed.

TuesdayClosed.

WednesdayClosed.

Thursday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Friday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Saturday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Sunday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

129 Stafford Street, Timaru

If a unique, cosy atmosphere, regular live music and a great selection of beverages sound like your kind of bar, then Hector Black’s is a must-visit. Housed in Timaru’s historical National Bank of New Zealand building on Stafford Street, the bar’s interiors nod towards South Canterbury’s equestrian heritage with walls adorned in polo mallets, vintage saddles and bookshelves heaving with A&P catalogues.

And let’s not forget the namesake of the bar, Hector Black; the owner’s beloved taxidermy Jack Russell that stands pride of place in a glass cabinet in the centre of the bar. Hector’s son, Nash, is the live mascot of the pub and can be spotted following his master around whenever the bar is open.

On top of a good selection of various brews, including Timaru’s own Ship Hop Brewery’s craft beer, an extensive wine and cocktail list, Hector Black’s offers bar nibbles such as a ploughman’s platter.

Once you’ve taken the time to appreciate the wonderland of relics indoors (make sure to take a closer look at some of the paintings), find that perfect corner to make your own or step outside to the sunny upstairs balcony.

Hector Black’s hosts regular events including Sunday School, where locals get a chance to share their expertise with one another whatever that may be.

Up the road, you can explore Black & Co plus a number of other small shops owned by the same family.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

Information not correct? Report an error

Location

129 Stafford Street, Timaru

Nearby Places

Ship Hop Brewing

Taster pots at Ship Hop Brewing, Timaru.
Place South Canterbury Timaru
Bars icon

Timaru’s only microbrewery, Ship Hop Brewing, is a gem awaiting discovery.

The Oxford

A close up of the halloumi salad at The Oxford restaurant in Timaru.
Place South Canterbury Timaru
Restaurants icon

Ask a Timaru local where to eat in town and chances are they will point you in the direction of The Oxford.

Arthur Street Kitchen

Couple sat at a table drinking coffee at Arthur St Kitchen, South Canterbury.
Place South Canterbury Timaru
Cafes icon

Renowned for its delicious breakfast and lunch menu, plus house-made baking and hearty salads, Arthur Street Kitchen takes pride in producing as much as possible on their premises.

Black & Co

Taxidermy chicken at Black & Co, Timaru.
Place South Canterbury Timaru

Black & Co is located in the south end of Timaru’s CBD and focuses on quality fashion pieces for men and women, luxurious homewares and unique jewellery, the store is a must-visit.

Similar Places

Geraldine Cheese Company

Geraldine Cheese Company exterior.
Place South Canterbury Geraldine

Geraldine Cheese Co. handcrafts small-batch cheese varieties in its petite factory in the heart of Geraldine town centre.

The Yellow Door Café

The Yellow Door exterior in Timaru.
Place South Canterbury Timaru
Cafes icon

One of the latest additions to Timaru’s café scene, The Yellow Door at the high end of Stafford Street is hard to miss.

Humdinger Gin Distillery

Bottles of gin lined up in a row waiting for stickers to be placed on them at Humdinger Gin Distillery in Geraldine.
Place South Canterbury Geraldine

 There’s a sense of discovery when walking down the alleyway off the main street in Geraldine to a former garage workshop, which has been refurbished to house the...

Fairlie Bakehouse

Close up of a woman holding a paper bag with 'Fairlie Bakehouse' written on it.
Place South Canterbury Fairlie
Cafes icon

What began as a tiny family business with a team of four thirteen years ago, has grown to be one of the best known and most awarded pie-shops in the country – Fairlie Bakehouse.