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The Craic Irish Pub

££ - £££, Irish,
Whakatane Hotel | 79 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-282 3058
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good46%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“wedges” (3 reviews)
“prawns” (2 reviews)
“quiz night” (3 reviews)
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New Zealand, Irish, Bar, British, Pub
££ - £££
Whakatane Hotel | 79 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 119 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch. Welcoming service, cold beers and cider. Food arrived without a long wait, tasted great. No complaints.

Thank hillz20102
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The food was nice and a good sized helping. Friendly staff. The pub had an old world charm. Would definately eat here again.

Thank Lynette A
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Nice outdoor sitting arrangement had so many beers under the sun love this place .. location is very good in downtown area strongly recommend to all

Thank Simrat A
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I love this place. I really enjoy their authentic meals (bubble and squeak etc). Sometimes the food is a bit slow to come out but when it does it's hot and delicious. Sitting outside on hot days is great too. The Craic is in a...More

Thank Akatarere
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The pizza was nice although made me super thirsty afterwards, probably due to the saltiness in the BBQ sauce. The decor is slanted towards an Irish theme, but the R&B music gave off the wrong vibe, especially as the music coming from the kitchen clashed...More

Thank DHC2-Man
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Great atmosphere, spent the evening in here watching the midweek Lions match, great food and very friendly staff

Thank SimonBrooks
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Great place to relax and watch the world go by while enjoying a cold beer. When the feet hurt from miles of shopping then head for this pavement corner, sit down, order a beverage and just recharge the batteries. We did and I can still...More

Thank Baystyle
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Lunch was very nice, I had wedges, with salsa and sour cream. Plenty for one, maybe two. It says underneath here: "When did you travel" but I live in Whakatane!

Thank kivrin1953
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Came here most nights, friendly staff, nice Guinness, not the best i have had but pretty good. Food was well priced and most nights good (differed a little with chefs but only slightly). . Pool table was good and staff were 'great craic' ha ha....More

Thank ToniDowling88
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

I chose the Craic as it has a nice sunny position with a large outdoor sitting area on a street corner with a man outside playing a banging. I stopped for a pint and a spot of lunch and it hit the spot just right....More

Thank trevord612
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$23
New Zealand, Irish, Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Whakatane Hotel | 79 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
  • Phone Number: +64 7-282 3058
  • E-mail
The Craic, Irish Pub, located in one of the Whakatane's most iconic structures, the Whakatane Hotel. The Craic is home to Irish based hospitality, friendliness and culture. We are proud to serve an extensive menu that will have something to satisfy anyone. Come order a pint of Guinness and a wood-fired pizza. Need a place to stay too? The Craic has accommodation located directly upstairs. Don't miss your change to stay in one of Whakatane's finest icons.
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