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Pembroke Wines & Spirits
Ranked #26 of 87 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub, Wine Bar, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: Pembroke Wines and Spirits offers the wine lover an extensive selection of Central Otago wines, superb New Zealand and Australian wines, and other distinguished wines from around the world. The craft beer enthusiast will find Wanaka's largest selection of New Zealand craft beers to drink in or takeaway. We are also proud to have three varieties of Emerson's beers on tap. Located at 24 Dungarvon Street, Wanaka, John and Karen have set up the kind of place where you can get a decent glass of wine from a hand-picked list for an honest price. The unique idea of combining wine retail with a wine bar is proving popular with locals and tourists alike, so next time you're in the area drop by Wanaka's favourite wine and craft beer hangout.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Not sure what’s so great about this place and why its listed No 1 under restaurants in Wanaka!!!!. It’s a bottle shop with a limited range available. NO RESTAURANT at all!!!!!!. It seems like a handful of locals drop in for a drink every night, but other than that I can’t see why you’d rush there. The beer we had we couldn’t drink and the red wine ( the only one available by the glass) was average. Even the setting goes begging. The staff are pleasant but that’s about it. There are only two tables and we couldn’t wait to get out of there. Seems like the locals have written all these reviews and I’m miffed as to why tourists or anyone other than locals would go here. There are certainly a LOT of really good places in town to have a drink other than this shop. But in saying that the owner is a fun guy and was very helpful.

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3  Thank Kerrien
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Pembroke W, Owner at Pembroke Wines & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Hey Kerrien

Thanks for taking the time to review Pembroke Wines and Spirits Wanaka. We appreciate any opportunity to improve on our service and I would like to address some of your concerns.

We certainly don't purport to be a restaurant. Our listing clearly states that we are a wine bar and bottle shop and and our focus is wine and craft beer. We offer a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere, where customers can unwind, have a chat and enjoy some top quality wine and craft beer at a reasonable price.

If you scroll through our TripAdvisor reviews you'll be able to see that people from all over the world have commented on our business, and therefore your comment that "Seems like the locals have written all these reviews and I’m miffed as to why tourists or anyone other than locals would go here" is certainly unfounded.

We are sorry that our Emerson's award-winning beers were not to your palate. We take your point about red wine being available by the glass but we do offer customers the ability to select any bottle of wine off the shelf to enjoy in house.

Hope to see you when you're next in Wanaka again.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

very handy easy location great fibe and service, the range of liquor could be more. they also have beer on tap and there is inside and outside seating. great in the summer for a couple of drinks as you are passing by

Thank love2eat2014
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Pembroke W, Owner at Pembroke Wines & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the service at Pembroke Wines and Spirits Wanaka.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The man working at the front was one of the friendliest people I met while on my trip, and that's saying something when you're in New Zealand! He was extremely helpful helping me pick both solid wines (advised me on a good cheap bottle of Marlborough chardonnay when I told him I wasn't trying to woo any of the girls I was traveling with) and incredible craft beers (including a delicious and unique oyster stout.) Overall, if you're in Wanaka, you seriously ought to pay this business a visit! You can grab a drink and walk right over to the gorgeous New Zealand lake beach.

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1  Thank Dan T
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Pembroke W, Owner at Pembroke Wines & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Glad you could stop by and thanks for the kind review. Hope to see you in this beautiful part of the world again someday.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We can not fault John and the team at Pembroke Wines & Spirts. They have helped our special day be unforgettable, providing us with a good range of mainly local wines and also beer. All for a very fair price. We were able to select our wines prior to the big day, tasting them all. The chiller fridge was all set up by them, we were also able to use the chiller for our BBQ the next day.

If you are planning a wedding, please don't hesitate to go in and see John and his friendly team.

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1  Thank Han-Lou2014
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Pembroke W, Owner at Pembroke Wines & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day. Best wishes from the team at Pembroke Wines & Spirits.

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We are in Wanaka regularly for work and most days, whether with clients or alone, we visit John & his team for a drink. The hospitality is unparalleled, the views across the lake are stunning, the beer list is huge and changes with the seasons, and John always has an interesting wine suggestion. I find it a great place to relax after a day climbing or skiing and my clients always love it - especially the great advice on beer choices. Personally I prefer some olives and wine and several of John's recommendations have become regular favourites. Pembroke Wines, and the marvellous experience John and his team create to complement the view, is not like other places we get to visit in the months we are away from Wanaka; while away we wish other places were like Pembroke Wines.

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Thank StuartandDale
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Pembroke W, Owner at Pembroke Wines & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Thanks for the positive review. Look forward to seeing you when you are next in Wanaka.

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