The Establishment Restaurant & Bar (Bar)

14-16 Courtenay Place Te Aro Wellington 6149 (Wellington) New Zealand +64 4 382 8654 E-mail Website Facebook


Located on the corner of Courtenay Pl and Blair St, The Establishment is one of the best entertainment venues in the city. One of Wellington’s only venues with a 24hr licence, join us for an early evening meal on the sunny balcony or dance to our DJs through til the early hours of the morning. The Establishment won’t disappoint.


  • One of the only bars in Wellington to have a 24 hour liquor licence  
  • Different areas which cater to your specific needs  
  • Dedicated and enthusiastic staff and management  
  • Separate upstairs restaurant and professional kitchen  
  • Our own DJs if you require them  
  • Separate sound systems for the Main Bar, Tequila Bar, Restaurant and Lounge  
  • No venue charge if minimum spend requirements are met.   


The Lounge is a spacious private area that adjoins the restaurant on Level One of The Establishment. A comfortable function space, usually furnished with couches that can be tailored to meet your needs. 
The Lounge has a small balcony affording a view of Blair St up to Courtenay Place. This space is perfect for formal dining or a social function. The lounge can hold 80 patrons standing, or 40 for dinner. It is perhaps the most private of our function spaces, and is ideal if you want to have a function on Courtenay Place, without necessarily having to feel like you are.


The Tequila Bar, a boutique cocktail bar inside a nightclub, this gem sits on the side of the Main Bar. With large french doors onto a balcony that opens on to Blair Street means you can be seen but remain inaccessible in a high profile yet secure area. Catering for up to 70 patrons with booth seating and a television, it’s the perfect space for your intimate all night function or if you’d like your function to gradually join into the nightclub in the Main Bar. Alternatively, it can be used as a conference space for up to 20, where you can take advantage of our cocktail food menus and friendly staff. The large bi-folding glass doors are also perfect to catch the late afternoon sun, if you prefer to meet outside of the office.


The Restaurant on the first floor of The Establishment is the perfect function space for large dinner groups, or casual cocktail functions. Able to seat up to 100 for formal dining, with a maximum capacity of 200 for a standing function, the large wrap around balcony creates a great indoor outdoor flow. An all day relaxed dining environment separates the restaurant from the bar and nightclub downstairs. This space contains a fully stocked bar, a restaurant kitchen able to meet your catering needs and helpful competent staff who will ensure your evening runs smoothly.


Think big with your function. The Main Bar of The Establishment has hosted such diverse events as the ZM Single girls Scavenger Hunt, The World Push Up Championships, The Official After Party of the NZI Sevens and large corporate Christmas function and charity auctions. Situated at one of the most visual points on Courtenay Place, with a large outdoor area on Courtenay Place, any event or function will attract attention. 
With all the resources we can provide, this is a great event space, with a fully functional kitchen, a 10 metre long bar and staff capable of working in the most hectic of environments. The Main Bar can go from casual socialising to Wellington’s most popular night club in minutes, with a diverse range of audio visual options including microphones, DJs and karaoke.


The Top Floor of The Establishment, encompassing the restaurant, lounge and the largest balcony on Courtenay Place combine to provide one of the best function spaces in the city. Conveniently cut off from the bustle of downstairs with a soundproof glass wall, the top floor boasts a fully stocked bar, two televisions and a separate sound system, as well as a restaurant kitchen able to cater for your function. As a customer, you can take a space that becomes the busiest nightclub in the city every Saturday night and we will help you create the function of your imagination, all literally a stairwell away from the heart of Courtenay Place nightlife.

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