The Rogue and Vagabond

The bar has live music, a resident bulldog and some of the best craft beers in town.
Phillipa Webb
Published on March 07, 2014
Updated on July 10, 2015

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More than just another attempt to crack open a craft beer bar in Wellington, The Rogue and Vagabond is man's best friend — there's even a resident bulldog to prove it.

Situated in box in Glover Park just off Cuba Street, The Rogue is the latest edition to an area known for its thriving bar scene. On those rare days when the sun shines on the capital, The Rogue offers up space in the park to kick back, relax and bring your pooch to play with the Lord of Glover Park, bulldog Bruce Robert Vagabond.

Follow Bruce inside and you’ll meet dimly lit décor, brightened by a mishmash of fabrics that look like your grandma’s curtains. For the music lovers, daily singer/songwriters crank out sets under green neon lights. For art connoisseurs, there's an art gallery showcasing some of Wellington’s latest and greatest burgeoning talent. Jazz, blues and rock are routine at The Rogue; as is grabbing a free glass of bubbles if you happen to drop in on an exhibition opening night.

If you’re a craft beer novice don’t worry; The Rogue staff are on tap to help. The classic Tuatara Aotearoa Pale Ale is a regular, while the Wellington ParrotDog “BitterBitch” brew is on hand if you fancy trying something different. The Marlborough Omaka Springs Sauvignon Blanc makes a nice addition to hanging out with Bruce and the sunshine ($9 glass, $40 bottle). There’s a beer to fit all tastes, so make sure you ask the bearded barmen to help you find something you’ll like.

But it was Bruce’s burgers that really got me going. A decent range of snacks, feeds and pizzas are on offer, so dig in. I’ve been craving the very unladylike BBQ bacon cheeseburger with curly fries ($18); the home minced patties and curly fries are comfort food plus.  But the “Never Mind the Bollocks” pizza with chorizo, ham, salami and rocket fuel sauce would also hit the spot ($20). Rogue portions are generous and the prices reasonable, perfect for the student or struggling artist pocket.

Location is ideal at this sweet little place if you're looking for acnight out in Wellington. After a burger and beer at The Rogue, head back to Cuba for a dessert cocktail at Good Luck; or if it’s a Friday head down to the Wellington Night Market at 116 Left Bank for something sweet.

The Rogue is a welcome haven amongst the sometimes intimidating Cuba Street scene. Space inside on Fridays and gig nights tend to somewhat limited, so make sure you book ahead or get Bruce to grab you a table early.

For best nights, check out their gig guide.


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