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Tequila Joe’s


Tequila Joe’s had only been open for a couple of days when we happened upon it. They don’t get heaps of foot traffic over on Vivian Street, but we passed this place twice a day on our walk in and out of town. The Koala has had a yearning to open a tequila bar in Auckland for the last little while. No such thing exists in Auckland (yet) so when we saw this tequila spot we had to try it out.


Come here for…

California-style Mexican food and top shelf tequilas.


Unexpectedly wonderful…

Caramba Pink Reposado sipped with a sangrita. A delcious tequila with caramel flavours. If you have ever had tequila treat you bad, this is the one to make you fall in love all over again.


The most interesting thing on the menu…

Churros and the Mexican hot chocolate.

I would come back to try…

The snacks and a cocktail or two.

The atmosphere is…

Still working itself out. It’s in a funny part of town and the word hasn’t got around yet.


Expect to spend…

$10-$16 on a good tequila and the same again for an item or two of food. If you want to park on a seat for the evening, you could easily spend $50 each on a drinks and snacks.

The service was…

Good. Staff eager to have a yarn to tequila enthusiasts. Didn’t mind one bit when we ordered tequila for breakfast. Extra points!

Avoid if…

You prefer to slam your tequila and/or regurgitate it into a porcelain bowl.

Tequila Joe’s
Address: 43 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Opening hours: 7 days, 8.00am ’til late
Phone: 04 802 5637



  1. Neat find! Perfect timing since we are going to Welly in a few weeks. Is there much of a food menu, or is it mostly a bar?

    • They have breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/tapas so you can really go there any time of day. The style of food is California-Mexican so think tacos, burritos, wings etc.

  2. Very cool! We have a tequila bar close to our house called Reposado, they have over 100 tequilas in house! Although I’m not much of a tequila drinker, I love the atmosphere. The owners also have a band, kinda jazzy, bluesy, called the Reposados, very cool indeed.
    The Koala should follow his dream.

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