Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.
Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.


Tuesday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Wednesday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Thursday4:00 pm – 12:00 am.

Friday4:00 pm – 2:00 am.

Saturday4:00 pm – 2:00 am.


2/55 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Just when you thought the stack of great hospitality businesses on the corner of Ghuznee and Cuba Streets couldn’t get any better, this hideaway bar taking pride of place on the top floor has just gone and proved us all wrong. Aiming to create lo fi wine-drinking environment, owner Cosmo Hawke instead makes sure the easy-going vibes at The Ascot (where music is loud and bartenders are smiley), makes everyone feel right at home.

Hotdogs and wine might seem like an unlikely combination to some, but at The Ascot, anything goes and no one’s going to judge you holding a glass of natural wine in one hand and a saucy dog in a bun in the other. Choose from either free-range pork dogs, or a vegan carrot dog, and pick a glass of something from the chalk board.

The all-natural wine list has consistently changing ‘glass pours’ meaning everything on the menu will be available by the glass at some point. The name (and original signage) comes from the Ascot Theatre in Newtown where Cosmo’s grandparents spent many of their working days selling hotdogs from a cart, so it seems only fair to reinvent their menu and bring it to modern Wellington. The outside decking is well protected from any wild Wellington weather, and come those rainy days we reckon being tucked up in this cosy spot with it’s floor - ceiling pane windows and candles burning is going to be a hard place to beat.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

Information not correct? Report an error


2/55 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Nearby Places


A woman sorting through racks.
Place Wellington
Fashion key icon.

Nestled down Ghuznee Street in the thriving creative heart of Wellington’s Cuba Quarter you’ll find CAUGHLEY - an ever-changing hub of independent high-quality fashion, timeless accessories, exceptional shoes and sought-after jewellery. Founded in 2015 by Rachael Caughley, the store is home to carefully selected pieces from coveted international brands and emerging New Zealand designers.

Suite Art Gallery

Black and white framed works of art on a white wall.
Place Wellington
Galleries and museum key icon.

Priced between two and six figures, Suite caters for would-be buyers at each end of the spectrum.

Pickle and Pie

Close up of pickles.
Place Wellington
Cafes key icon.

After many a lunchtime spent hankering for just a ‘good old sandwich’, Tim Tracey and Mia Freeman decided to take matters into their own hands.


Open fridge door showing chilled white wine and bubbles at Monkfish, Wellington.
Place Wellington
Bars key icon. Goods key icon.

A cosy refillery and off-licence that’s strictly about good vibes, Monkfish is your Vivian Street stop for your beer, wine, and spirits needs.

Similar Places

La Bella Italia

A delicious counter at La Bella Italia in Petone.
Place Hutt Valley
Goods key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Down an unassuming side street in industrial Petone, you’ll find La Bella Italia, Lower Hutt’s very own Little Italy.


Interior wooden tables and chairs.
Place Wellington
Cafes key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.

August Eatery

The red and glass exterior of August Eatery.
Place Wellington
Cafes key icon.

August conjures many things in the minds of Wellingtonians: the last throes of a bitingly cold winter, the promise of warmer days ahead, the prospect of the country’s...

Wilson Barbecue

Customer at Wilson Barbecue enjoying the food.
Place Wellington
Restaurants key icon.

Wilson Barbecue has a new permanent home after wowing Wellingtonian's with their food truck delights and pop-up stints. Wilson Barbecue is loudly and proudly “all about the meat”, and their brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, all cooked low ‘n slow, enjoy a richly deserved reputation.