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Cool Change Bar & Eatery

$$ - $$$, ,
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
+64 6-306 9665
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My partner and I came to Martinborough for my birthday and enjoyed the music emanating from Cool Change. We grabbed a couple of drinks plus scallops and the baked brie. Both were excellent. We sat out on the road on a nice 70s looking sofa...More

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent spot for really good quality food, libations, music and atmosphere. Stayed across the road at Martinborough Hotel (fantastic) so popped over for dinner and drinks. Stayed a lot longer than anticipated, cos we were having such a good time...proven by hangover😝 Thanks so much...More

Thank happyface255
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We went to this cute bar and we loved it, the bar reminded me of being at college when I was 15 years old and going to a mates after school and sitting there with the old school heater in the bar area, we had...More

Thank Rubyjaney
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Have eaten here is the past & found it to be average but not many places are open in the winter so we went back. The food is ok but once you order be prepared to wait a very long time before you are fed...More

Thank susan m
Reviewed 9 August 2017

"Let's go for a drive." she says. "OK, where?". "I don't know, lets put the kids in the car and drive a bit." So, off we go. Drive from Wellington into the Wairarapa. We pull into the square in Martinborough and stumble into "Cool Change"....More

Thank SG-Apteryx
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We decided to wander around Martinborough and see what was available for dinner and we stumbled across a Cool Change which was absolutely humming. Luckily they had a spare table for dinner in the restaurant and what a fantastic surprise. The decor was quirky old...More

Thank SoccerRulz2017
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Went here after a day at the Vineyards to plan our evening , cool retro Vibe, nice hot chips. Friendly Service. Right in the middle of town also, so handy to most locations in Martinborough. Highly Recomend

Thank carlosta83
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Stayed one night in Martinborough (wine country) whilst following the British & Irish Lions down to Wellington, this place was buzzing with rugby fans and locals alike, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, and despite the place being packed the staff were easy going and...More

1  Thank uanls
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent vibe and decor. Great for all occasions. Meeting place for old and young with good space set aside for dining.

Thank Picklebuckets
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We ate here on our first night in Martinborough - A great way to start to our trip. Great food! The place was busy, staff were friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended!

Thank maryanntodd
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
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16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Martinborough
  • Phone Number: +64 6-306 9665
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Why Cool Change? Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept. The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born. Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds. Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.
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