Monday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Tuesday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Wednesday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Thursday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Friday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Saturday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
Sunday3:00 pm – 1:00 am.
14 Helwick Street, Wanaka
Filling a niche that Wanaka had been missing for some time, Cork is the place to come for cosy, intimate drinks. Taking up residence in the old Kodak store, there’s no process for developing film here anymore, but there is a high chance of developing an infatuation for what is easily one of the best drink spots in town.
Formerly planned to be only a wine bar, it was made very clear very quickly to business partners Nick and Jeremy that Wanaka locals were wanting something more, hence the fact the drinks menu now contains a heap of specialised cocktails as well as craft beers from the region. No less than six pages of drinks make up the menu, and if you’re still undecided after all that, then these are the kind of bartenders that can tell you what you’re craving before you even realise it yourself. Allow them to take the reins and mix you up something special; they’re truly knowledgeable on what seems like an impossible amount of fine spirits behind the bar. Decked out with comfy leather booths, dim lighting, a large outdoor courtyard and a rustic yet sophisticated look, Cork is what feels like a ‘city bar’ in a place without the city size.
Well thought out décor and important little quirks (there’s even hooks and sockets under the main bar) give this place that little bit extra, and it has not surprisingly grown a strong fan base very quickly. There’s live music Sundays in the ‘corkyard’ and tapas style food dishes available from midday throughout the week, so if it’s a lazy afternoon you’re after, a great place to impress a date, or simply a spot to wind down after work, make Cork your first port of call.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
14 Helwick Street, Wanaka
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