+64 9 280 1690 phil@birdcage.co.nz

‘THE LOCAL TO THE LOCALS SINCE 1885’

Welcome to The Birdcage Tavern

HISTORIC AUCKLAND TAVERN, SPORTS BAR & FUNCTIONS VENUE  

The Birdcage was originally known as the Rob Roy Hotel, a wooden building erected in 1865, making it one of Auckland’s most historic taverns. The current building was constructed on the same site in 1885, when Victoria Park was a busy industrial area that included ship builders, sawmills, a brass and iron foundry and glassworks.

The hotel was designed by Edward Mahoney & Sons, who designed many of Aucklands early hotels, as well as St Patricks Cathedral.

Back in the day patrons could reach the hotel by road or water, as it originally sat on the Freemans Bay shoreline. The reclamation of the old bay was completed in 1901, and Victoria Park was created on most of the resulting flat area. The building is now owned by NZTA, who in 2010, famously moved all 740 tonnes, 40 metres in a painstaking process to make way for the Victoria Park tunnel project.

The tavern today is a designated heritage building and is regarded as being one of Aucklands top Gastro pubs. Beautifully restored to its former glory as a neighbourhood tavern under the stewardship of publican Phil Houston, it is a popular functions venue with a large north facing beer garden, serving excellent pub meals complemented by a great selection of NZ craft beers and wines, conveniently located within walking distance from Aucklands Sky Tower, Wynyard Quarter and Ponsonby Rd. 

‘ THE LOCAL TO THE LOCALS SINCE 1885 ‘

EXCELLENT!

“In from Ontario, Canada visiting this beautiful, historic Bar and Grill. Friendly staff with a welcoming atmosphere. Food was amazing…cooked to perfection! Portions were generous with lots to share…and all reasonably priced. Would definitely highly recommend!!”

Seaneen2017 / Stirling Canada

TRIP ADVISOR / March 2018

NICE PLACE FOR A BEER

“The bar staff were friendly and helpful, and you can’t really get a beer wrong too here. Sitting outside was great, however was a little noise from the traffic. Apart from that, it was a great place to have a mid-week beer.”

DatLongJourney

TRIP ADVISOR / February 2018

SERVICE WAS A+

“Went to the Birdcage Tavern on a Sunday afternoon and loved it! I was looking for a child friendly restaurant to have lunch and a drink with my husband, and hopefully my daughter might actually eat too (she’s super picky). It was pretty empty except for a few other diners—but I’m guessing it’s because most of their happy hour deals seems to be Tuesday through Saturday. We ordered the jug of Pimms to drink, the nachos (large), half rack of ribs, and my daughter got a cheese pizza from the the kids menu. The nachos and half rack of ribs were HUGE- we may order less next time since it was too much for us, but it was good. Also, the Pimm’s was delicious and worth the price for the jug. Also happy to report my daughter was pleased with her pizza! Service was A+.. We will definitely visit again!”

K R DIXON / New Zealand

ZOMATO / February 2018

WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

“What your looking for – Great food, great music, great location and excellent service.
catch up with my friends here few days ago. Nice ambiance and cozy feeling. Good place for together and family gathering or romantic dinner.
Recommended – Fish and chips. Must try – Daily special..”

Larsan Manazes / New Zealand

ZOMATO / March 2018

GREAT PLACE

Nice place to unwind after work, have drinks and two with tasty snacks. Great customer service. Friday’s & Saturday’s are best to visit with family and friends…..

BBSNZ

TRIP ADVISOR / December 2017