Tinakori Road Sprig & Fern Tavern

Craft beer in the Capital.

The Sprig & Fern on Tinakori Road is a purveyor of award winning craft beers and a community base for regulars and newcomers alike. Pop in for a visit and experience the warm and welcoming feel of a proper, local craft beer Tavern.

Contact us

342 Tinakori Road
Thorndon, Wellington
Phone: 04 499 1390
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

 Mon: 4pm - 10pm
Tues: 2pm - 10pm
Wed - Thu: 2pm - 11pm
Fri - Sat: 12 noon - 11pm
Sun: 12 noon - 10pm
Rigger sales available.

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How to find us

What we’re about

19 taps of Craft Beer

We are pleased to offer for your enjoyment 19 taps of expertly brewed craft beer and cider, which we serve in proper imperial pints (568ml).

Friendship & conversation

Without the distraction of TV, pokies and pool tables, we focus instead on good old fashioned conversation, and building a personal bond with our customers.

Food to share

We serve a range of food designed for sharing, including the now infamous curly fries! Check out our menu section below for more details.

We must be doing something right

Best Beer Venue NZ

The Tinakori Road tavern, was awarded Runner up - Best Beer Venue Overall in New Zealand; Beer & Brewer Magazine People's Choice Awards 2013.

Best Bartender NZ

Hayley Wakeford was awarded 2nd equal  - Best Bartender in New Zealand; Beer & Brewer Magazine People's Choice Awards 2013.

Best Small Bar/Pub NZ

The tavern was also awarded 2nd Equal - Best Small bar/Pub (under 150 patrons) in New Zealand; Beer & Brewer Magazine People's Choice Awards 2013.

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

We have 19 taps, covering the whole spectrum of beers - from easy drinking lagers to deep, dark beers that will put hairs on your chest. There's also a couple of delicious ciders and an alcohol-free ginger beer for those who choose to abstain.

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Take home a rigger

All of our regular beers and ciders are available to take home in a two litre rigger, at a very reasonable price. You can buy empty riggers from us or help the environment and bring your own!

Food and bar snack menu

Food that is designed for sharing with friends


We offer a range of food that is designed to be enjoyed amongst friends. Our curly fries and hoki bite sandwiches are firm favourites, as well as our wood-fired pizzas and Siggy’s delicious family size pies.

A fine selection of New Zealand wines

A range of wine, spirits and soft drinks.

We offer a range of carefully selected wines from across the North and South Island, plus a couple from further afield.

Sprig and Fern Tavern owners, Mike and Hayley

Your hosts - Michael & Hayley

Michael Barlow and Hayley Wakeford are the proud owners of the Sprig & Fern, Tinakori Road. They met when they were both living and working in Nelson, and their romance blossomed over pints of Sprig & Fern beer. They loved the brand, its beer and its values so much that they decided to ask permission to open their own tavern in Wellington, Michael’s spiritual home. Thankfully the brewery agreed, and the North Island’s first Sprig & Fern Tavern opened in March 2012. Michael and Hayley have since opened a second Tavern in Jackson Street, Petone.

Group bookings and functions

We have a function room upstairs that is ideal for groups of ten to thirty people. Please call or email us to arrange a booking.

Gigs & events

Friday night DJs. Saturday night vinyl sessions - every Saturday night from 7pm we offer one of our regulars the opportunity to come and subject the pub to his/her music collection. Always an eclectic mix - everything from funk and soul to folk and country. Other special events include German Unity Day, St Andrews Day, mid-winter Xmas, lots of live music, comedy nights, Wellington on a Plate and Hopstock.
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Gift vouchers

Treat someone today.

We have $25, $50 or $100 vouchers available for that thoughtful, last minute gift solution.


Sponsorship and community

Sponsorship & community


We consider ourselves a community orientated pub and are involved with many local teams and projects. There’s a fund raising opportunity at the quiz every Tuesday night from 7pm, supporting a different charity or good cause each month. We support Sunday league and indoor football teams, and a tennis team.. We're also part of the Wellington beer community though the Craft Beer Capital trail.

Feedback and Reviews

I love this pub so much I bought a house around the corner! Everyone there is lovely and they know what I drink, to the point when I am being a little hard of thinking and ask for something else they look at me understandingly and pour me an IPA :-) Oh, and they sell pickled eggs - seriously, what other reason could you need!


Michael Ford

Great atmosphere, fantastic staff, and great beer/wine choices. Have met amazing people who also treat this like a local. Hosts are magnificent. No TVs or other crap going on. Down to earth and what this pace needs!


Peter M.

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