Pub spy: Jack Tar

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Address: North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter
Ph: 09 303 1002

Wynyard Quarter's Jack Tar bar. Photo / Doug Sherring
Wynyard Quarter's Jack Tar bar. Photo / Doug Sherring

I'd walked past this place a few times before deciding to give it a try and I have to say that compared with some of its neighbours I was pleasantly surprised.

The only real issue I have with the place is the vast emptiness of it when you walk in. It's basically a shed with a bar on one side, a kitchen on another and some seats scattered between.

I know they haven't had much leeway with the actual structure, given that it is actually a big shed, but surely they could do something to make it more homely.

Once you get used to the concrete floor and the odd seating there is much to be positive about.

The service was friendly and efficient and went above and beyond the call of duty, I felt, when one bartender went outside to wipe down the tables and chairs to ensure dry bums all round for the customers. It's amazing how often little touches like that are overlooked in a busy bar.

The drinks were fine as well, although it's a slavishly Lion-supplied bar so spirits outside Lion's distribution range don't get a look in, cramping the spirits selection somewhat.

The beer was good, though, with a decent selection on tap (including a rather expensive, but particularly nice, James Squire Pale Ale) and the Little Creatures range in the bottle. The wine list was also reasonably extensive.

The food looked good and relatively inexpensive for the area.

All in all, a decent enough bar and one I'll visit again, no doubt.


Service: 4.5/5
Drink: 3.5/5
Food: 4/5
Atmosphere: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

- Herald on Sunday

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