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The Library

53 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 4-382 8593
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Over priced desserts

We went on 2 for 1 dessert night. They charge $18 or $19 per dessert. For that you expect top... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Deanz55
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Cosy meeting venue

The Library Bar is a cosy venue for our small alumni group's occasional meetings. It's a fitting... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
365brians2018
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Hidden away upstairs in the heart of Courtenay Place sits The Library. Fun and frivilous cocktails, exquisite and obscure wines, delicious desserts, exceptional cheese and scrumptious savoury snacks make this a great place to meet before or after a show. The Library also has live music every Tuesday and Friday evening.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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53 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-382 8593
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on 2 for 1 dessert night. They charge $18 or $19 per dessert. For that you expect top quality. But what you get is a tiny serving - more like a sample - and underwhelmimg taste. Wouldnt go back. Felt totally ripped off.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Library Bar is a cosy venue for our small alumni group's occasional meetings. It's a fitting location, to relax with a drink while hearing a talk from our visiting speaker.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing atmosphere, amazing service, amazing food, amazing BOOKS, amazing live music. Definitely a really cool place to hang out whilst in Wellington!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came for deserts, live music, well worth visiting if you are in Wellington.... this is a place to meet up with friends, family or couples night, serves snacks meals, deserts, cocktails, would pop in here just to experience the atmosphere... fab...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometimes you just need a fancy cocktail. After drinking beers for days, I wanted something different, so my friend Shea entertained my notion to go get an Old Fashioned at the Library while we were in Wellington. Cool speakeasy-esque entrance up a couple flights of...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Climbing the staircase to this hideaway tucked into city life at the corner of Tory & Courtney makes me think of one of those 1920's speakeasies. In lieu of a sign on the interior door one flight up you'll find only pictures of books to...More

Thank CarolDM1900
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Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Cool place with lots of different kinds of seating - tables with chairs, sofas, booths, etc. Good vide and great 'hangout' location for some drinks with friends. Good cocktail menu, and on Wednesdays many of them are 2 for 1!

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Ended up here by accident. Glad we did, barmen are skilled and talkative. Definitely hit up the meringue topped martini =) It's dark and vibey, comfy chairs, fun staff and a late close.

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Reviewed March 9, 2018

We were only planning to have one cocktail to 'celebrate' our last night in Wellington but ended up staying for 3 cocktails and a cheeseplatter (which was small, but really tasty). One of the drinks I had was called the 'Pride and Predjudice' and was...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

One of my favorites. Great cocktails and nice romantic atmosphere. Good for date or friends catch up. 2 for 1 house cocktails on Wednesday. Dancing shoes nice refreshing one. Only downside is the food, for the price I would expect bigger portions, they are very...More

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ZoeJ2012
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Response from Matthew Y | Property representative |
Thanks for your enquiry. The kitchen generally closes at approximately 1am on a Friday night / Saturday morning. Have a lovely day and see you soon
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