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Who: Golding's Free Dive
Where: 14 Leeds, Te Aro, Wellington (Hannah's Laneway)
When: Monday - Sunday 12pm-12am (last drinks at 11.15pm)
Perfect for: Relaxed socialising, day drinking
Dogs allowed: Any time! But those with nervous dogs should keep in mind it's a small bar that can get very busy and noisy, so best to avoid peak times like after work on a Friday
Wellingtonians know all too well about the hidden gem that is Hannah's Laneway. This unassuming side street is home to some of Wellington's hottest spots, including our fave Lashing's, award winning restaurant Shepherd, Hanging Ditch, Fortune Favours, Leeds Street Bakery, Pizza Pomodoro, and this week's eclectic #dogfriendlywellington feature, Golding's Free Dive.
A craft beer bar that doesn't take itself too seriously, the decor alone is enough to keep you entertained for a few hours. Take in the light fittings made from upturned plastic buckets, a ceiling lined with skis and questionable taxidermy while sipping on a myriad of ever-changing craft beers from faves like Garage Project, Brew Moon, Panhead and Kererū.
All dogs are welcome at Golding's and they'll provide a bowl of fresh water to keep them hydrated. This place can get pretty busy and noisy at peak times (like after work on a Friday) so if you have a nervous pup it's probably best to keep them at home and visit during a quieter period.
Top notch pizzas from laneway OG Pizza Pomodoro keep your belly happy, including a few exclusive to Golding's. If you're stuck on which one to pick, you can't go wrong with the Quattro Funghi (four types of mushrooms and truffle oil) and the Don Mimi (zucchini, olives, anchovies and buffalo mozzarella). Check Pomodoro's open hours first as they differ from their own.
Be sure to attend their annual neighbourhood Day of the Dead festival in November. Music, food and beer - what more could you want?! Keep an eye out closer to the date for details.
P.S. Please be responsible dog parent! If your dog can’t handle loud noises, busy crowds or other dogs, please refrain from bringing them with you, or test them out during a quiet period to see how they go. When taking your dog out remember to be wary of the conditions - make sure they have enough water and shade, check that the footpaths aren’t too hot for them to walk on (if it’s too hot for you it’s too hot for them!), and never leave them in a hot car.