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The Vic Brewbar

$$ - $$$, ,
281 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 7631
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (50 reviews)
“ribs” (16 reviews)
“fish and chips” (22 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
281 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 443 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Generally I wouldn't visit such an establishment as it is far below me, however i thought I'd roll up my sleeves, remove my cravat & mingle with the commoners. I was pleasantly surprised to find acceptional service (most of the staff even had all their...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank besteverfooddude
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Last time I visited the Vic Brewbar it was great but sadly 4 of us went tonight and it was sad!!! I had a fish sandwich it was dry and with no flavour, the other meals were small burgers and salad and definitely not worth...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank VickiR1149
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have never experienced terrible service as seen here. Avoid this place as there as so many choices that have a better atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Al3x_2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely terrible service, do not go there! There are far better places to go to in Nelson. The attitude of staff was terrible, we are kiwis and I've never experienced such terrible service in the north or south island

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank janienz2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After ordering food and drink, we were questioned whether we were a family and to show ID in order for myself to have an alcoholic beverage. As the law in New Zealand allows alcohol to be served as long as the parents are buying. I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank AnnabelleO48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is much better than expected, the service is very good and friendly. They have an outside patio, a smoking section outback and lots of tables inside. They have beer, wine and liquor, the beer is mainly Mac’s products, with at least one guest...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JDA60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant while on holiday in Nelson. I ordered a glass of wine, but the waitress soon came back to tell me they were out. This was not a big deal to me and I happily picked another one! The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Shannon B
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Had dinner here with work colleague. Bar staff were super friendly and offered info about the local brews on tap. Even though Macs is no longer brewed in Nelson, it’s still a local icon in the history of NZ craft beer. There were also some...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank A1905IRjohnj
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

As a seasoned Traveller an having had travelled around the south island on numerous occasions the only difference between your establishment and the others I've frequented is layout format's and variation new faces l get to meet. Variation of different atmosphere's and foods and pricings...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank William M
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff. Mussels must have been pre cooked as they were mostly stone cold. Otherwise good for coeliacs. As a plus they do have Grey Goose.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank B2136PGkenb
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly The Victorian Rose Pub & Cafe)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 7631
  • E-mail
The Vic Brewbar is the South Island’s first fully-fledged Mac’s Brewbar. Found in the historic Victorian Rose building on Trafalgar Street and known by locals as the “Vic Rose”, the Brewbar is a unique Nelson pub and restaurant that offers live entertainment every weekend, great service from friendly staff, delicious food and all your favourite beers on tap. It’s no wonder The Vic is a staple of the local hospitality industry!
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