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Photographs: David Straight

You could visit for the soundtrack alone. It is loud, it is classic and it inclines itself to air guitar – which, given that this place exists to feed the slightly boozy patrons of Ponsonby, seems entirely appropriate. For years, this space was a succession of good but under-patronised cocktail bars: now, it has a midcentury vibe, all stripped-back brick and timber and big booths. Service is good. It’s a lot of fun and since it’s owned by the same people as the Ponsonby Social Club next door, you can drink while you wait for a table.

Though others have raved, we’ve been underwhelmed by the food (the fish on grits, for example, is entirely forgettable), though the Americana is the best part, so stick with that. We like the deep-fried pickles ($6.50) – sour-salty-deep-fried goodness; the buffalo wings ($16.50) are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside and the mac n’ cheese ($11) is comforting and tangy with decent cheese. They do a passable cheeseburger ($15), though a recent one had too much relish – a fact we forgave because the patty was served medium rare. The best thing on the menu? The vanilla hard shake ($16.50) – a vanilla thickshake with a hit of cigar-smoked whisky. My.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. You can order a beer and a burger at 1am and come out having spent less than $25. There’s a lot to like about that. SFG

HOURS Monday to Wednesday, 5pm to late, Thursday to Sunday 5pm to 2am.

ADDRESS 152 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, ph 361 2320.

IMPORTANT DETAILS It’s open late. What more do you need?



  1. nice review. Really makes me want to go there. Thanks

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  2. Kim wrote:

    I didn’t love the fish on grits either, so glad it wasn’t just me!

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink
  3. Garth wrote:

    Their onion rings are out of this world! I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s crack in the batter.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink
  4. Phil wrote:

    I went there not long after it opened and loved the music and service. I got exited about the burger when I was asked how I wanted it cooked. However, the patty came out dry and it had courgette pickle on it (Sacrilege) and tasted like relish.
    An American burger should be moist, fatty with basic toppings. Where can you get a decent American style burger in nz? Pumpkin pie was good though

    Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

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