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The Craic Irish Pub

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Irish, Bar, British, Pub
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Whakatane Hotel | 79 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-282 3058
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Wed 10:00 - 22:30
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came here most nights, friendly staff, nice Guinness, not the best i have had but pretty good. Food was well priced and most nights good (differed a little with chefs but only slightly). . Pool table was good and staff were 'great craic' ha ha. My only recommendation would be to open later . Ie Irish times not kiwi times... More 

Thank ToniDowling88
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I chose the Craic as it has a nice sunny position with a large outdoor sitting area on a street corner with a man outside playing a banging. I stopped for a pint and a spot of lunch and it hit the spot just right. Could have been tempted to stay a while longer but I had a long journey... More 

Thank trevord612
Tauranga, New Zealand
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68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a well priced meal on Sunday night Friendly location with a good cross section of clients. If looking for a well priced pub type meal this is place to go

Thank Steve W
Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

This places serves ordinary pub food. My cheap steak super tough but I did not pay much so I got what I paid for. I ate there once, walked by the outdoor tables many times and talked with others who visited . This place can be busy and all the customers seem to be having a good time. I would... More 

1 Thank jronkowski
Wellington, New Zealand
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487 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

My wife and I called in for an early dinner and drink and enjoyed ourselves. I had a "seafood platter" which was very good coupled with an obligatory Guinness beer and thoroughly recommend both. The pub is centrally located and has plenty of free car parking nearby. The staff were helpful and polite. The restaurant is "interesting" with great ambience.... More 

Thank Peter C
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We had just completed a three hour walk over the hills so the cold beer went down very well. Service was fairly average and not too friendly. This was on Saturday 18th March so maybe all the staff were still hungover from St Patrick's day?? Ordered some beef nachos. Pretty damn average with next to no mince and a rubbery... More 

Thank Swisscloud
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This the place for beersies food and chilling out to the live music that they have on somedays. Food is cheaply priced only place with woodfire pizza. So glad claire cook is back in there with her workers rad & harmz as the food is back to totally gobsmacking yum. Awesome guys and staff you all rock.

Thank Miss-Qween
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Smelly place, good for a beer but that's it and an elephant can't make any damage to the interior, wines are here less then average in taste

Thank Dick v
Mirboo North, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Was just looking for a basic feed and nice atmosphere as I eat out a lot and get sick of the brassieres style menus and small servings. The Craic pub delivered exactly what I was looking for. Had the steak, egg and chips with a few pints of Montieths Ale whilst watching the cricket. Great service from the friendly staff... More 

1 Thank Rowey68
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

a nice warm evening so felt like a light meal outside. I ordered nachos and my husband ordered wedges. Wedges seemed to be your standard frozen wedges served with sour cream and cheese. Not good, not bad. My nachos consisted of a big stack of corn chips with a couple of tablespoons of mince and beans and a lot of... More 

Thank rawhiti

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$22
New Zealand, Irish, Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Whakatane Hotel | 79 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
  • Phone Number: +64 7-282 3058
The Craic, Irish Pub, located in one of the Whakatane's most iconic structures, the Whakatane Hotel. The Craic is home to Irish based hospitality, friendliness and culture. We are proud to serve an extensive menu that will have something to satisfy anyone. Come order a pint of Guinness and a wood-fired pizza. Need a place to stay too? The Craic has accommodation located directly upstairs. Don't miss your change to stay in one of Whakatane's finest icons.

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