The Third Eye

Monday3:00 – 8:00 pm.


Wednesday3:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday3:00 – 8:00 pm.

Friday3:00 – 11:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Sunday12:00 – 8:00 pm.

30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

04-803 3948

Tuatara's 'temple of taste' gives one of New Zealand's largest craft brewers a claw-hold in the city of beer. A pilgrimage out to Paraparaumu was always on the cards for the truly faithful but now you only have to walk up Cuba Street to get to know their core line-up, seasonal and one-off brews.

Where gang members, printers, and prostitutes once stood, you'll find a bar pulling a medley of old favourites like Ardennes, guest taps from other brewers that have caught their (third) eye, and some rarer brews that haven't had to travel very far to your glass. The hefty copper stills in the back aren't just for display - they've since been put to use in several limited edition brew-runs like 'Apres-Ski', spicy winter ale to take the edge off a southerly gale like no other.

A wise doctor once noted that "good people drink good beer", but the good doctor himself might have neglected to mention the value of good food in the mix. There's something to be said for Pilsner corned beef or zucchini and chilli pesto toasted sandwiches with raclette cheese, courtesy of the good folk at Goose Shack. If beer is proof that man was meant to be happy, then melted cheese is one of the best accompaniments to that pursuit. This is particularly worth bearing in mind on Tuesdays at the Third Eye, when you can contemplate that thought with a pint and all you can eat pizza for $20.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

30 Arthur Street, Te Aro

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