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Northern Steamship Co. BrewBar

4 star rating 12 reviews

Telephone 09-374 3952

122 Quay St
Auckland Central
Auckland City

New Zealand, A La Carte, Bistro, Gastro Pub Food
Mon - Sun 12noon - Late
Provided by business


The Steamship is a big beautiful public house with very smooth surrounds to wind away the hours. The perfect place to relax after work, to start your night off, or to kick on through. The Northern Steamship Co Brewbar is downtown in the middle of the Britomart precinct on the corner of Quay and Gore Streets. Located in the 130 year old headquarters of the Northern Steamship Co., inside you can try one of the 9 Macs brews we have on tap, all individually chilled to beer perfection, and enjoy lunch, dinner or food to share anytime off our great menu. As it gets dark we have some of the top DJs in the city play every Friday and Saturday nights, from Jason Eli to Rose Alice and live music on Thursday from the likes of Acoustic Eli and Issac from the Opensouls, plus all the good sport porn you could want on the big screens. The big, beautiful Steamships purpose is to look after your every need, kind of like a cruise ship, but without all the blue rinse and shuffleboard.


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Almond & Panko crusted Fritti with a decadent Espresso Caramel & a scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream... $10

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Bar & Brasseries, Bistros, Restaurants, Pubs
Pay & Display, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Meals Served:
Dessert, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Northern Steamship Co. BrewBar

4 star rating
by Emma W.
26th April 2014

This place produced the best salad I have ever had. Staff were attentive but not overbearing and the food came without my group noticing the wait.

Everyone enjoyed their meals and I would have happily eaten any of them but my chicken, mesclun and Israeli couscous salad was fantastic.

Will definitely be back next time I am in the central city.

4 star rating
by Stan S.
25th February 2014

This place has a nice atmosphere and is great for a casual dinner. Menu is a bit limited but the food is always of a good standard. Every time I’ve been here I’ve had a good experience.

3 star rating
by Anthony
13th June 2013

Want somewhere where the atmosphere is quirky and a little different – then this is a good option. The staff are very friendly and the food is good and reasonably priced. I had the steak sandwhich, which was nice but the wedges that came with it were not really to my taste. For desert there is only three choices plus a mix of the three. The pecan pie sounded great but was smaller than expected for $12 with only one small scoop of icecream. Overall, we enjoyed our evening here.

3 star rating
by leigh b.
23rd April 2013

Love the decor the upside down lamps, the place has a nice atmosphere, the staff were friendly and professional. The food was the average. We went last Thursday night and 2 had the fish and chips, the chips were a hit cut thick and with the skins on giving them a homemade feel, the fish was ok not bad not great. My fish pie was very odd, not the normal, it comes in a cute little casserole dish (small) it is layered and the bottom layer is like a caramalised onion so the fish taste was lost I could only taste the sweetness of the onions, so a bit dissappointing. The pavolva was very nice and a nice finish to the meal. Would come back for a drink anytime, and maybe a snack instead of a meal.

5 star rating
by Yvonne C.
15th March 2013

the best dinning experience we have had in Auckland, I and my partner just moved to Auckland, had few bad dinning experiences, but this place is absolutely great, nice atmosphere, nice music, nice food, most important extremely friendly service, we were served by Stacey,she made our weekend, she is amazing. will definitely go back their again, not just for the yummy food, but great service.

5 star rating
by Leah
4th October 2012

Came here on a rainy Saturday with a friend for lunch and we ordered off the snacks menu and shared. We had the grilled chicken pita, the calamari, the hand cut chips and the jalapeño poppers. All of it was so delicious and the portions were perfect. We actually struggled to leave room for dessert. Glad we did though.

We ordered the dessert platter and that was just amazing. The sticky date pudding was a favourite.

Service was great! Really friendly. We had a few different people serve us, all of them had some humour on board while we were asking questions and made some good suggestions.

Awesome atmosphere welcoming a real variety of people from families to blokey blokes watching rugby. Beautiful interiors, and of course the amazing food. I hope to be back soon.

5 star rating
by Jemma J.
30th September 2012

Had a good night here last night. Great drinks, and the staff continually ensured that we had water on the table which I thought was very good hospitality.
Some of the art we thought was a bit weird (the “sholphin”) but the big bookshelves and the upside down lamps were really cool!

4 star rating
by Sandy R.
15th July 2012

Nice place for a drink and the philly steak lunch dish….very tasty

5 star rating
by Karen R.
12th April 2012

Wow. What an incredible look and feel this place has. It just had a great feeling from the moment we walked in.

From the circular, ceiling high book shelves, to the amazing split photographs framed behind the bar… and the upside down lamps stuck to the ceiling!

The food was excellent. The salted chilli calamari was the best calamari I can remember having, and made me realise that calamari is not supposed to be chewy at all. When you bit down into it, it was all flavour, and no effort.

Tempura prawn cones were also amazing – though when we first saw them, we thought they’d done them ‘wrong’ – as they looked to us like they’d been done in normal-old Kiwi fish & chips batter. But that was only until we actually tasted them. They were delicious. Loved the dips with them too.

We were practically forced (well heavily encouraged) into ordering the fries because it was Good Friday, and, they were strict on ‘no substantial meal, no drinks’. Fair enough. But we wished we’d ordered more calamari instead. The chunky chips were tasty in their potato skins though – just a little too filling for us.

The favourite hit wine of the night was the Te Whare Ra Tonu (I think), which apparently is a blend, including their famous Gewurtz (my personal favourite wine ever). Really really beautiful.

Excellent service. We had to ask twice for them to bring my second wine… But when we went to pay at the end, (and without us complaining at all), they didn’t charge us for our 3 scoops of delicious icecream (which they had put together for me specially, as there was no icecream on the menu). Hence were REALLY impressed by the service.

2 star rating
by nicki
9th February 2012

Overpriced meals – $15 for summer rolls which were tiny and not very rich in taste, and a horrible dipping sauce. I would have preferred to go to a restaurant to pay that kind of price. Our chips were very undercooked, despite waiting almost an hour for our meals. I won’t be going back to eat, a nice place to have a drink though.

4 star rating
by Mathew M.
18th August 2010

We came here for my Friends 30th Birthday last weekend and had such an amazing time. Thanks to the bar person that for the beer tastings. Well worth a visit.

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