First Look: Dr Rudi’s Brewing Company, Auckland

by Kate Richards / 22 November, 2016
Anyone who’s a sucker for novelty should enjoy new Viaduct bar Dr Rudi’s. It’s a rooftop bar and restaurant, with on-site brewery and two bowling alleys that you get to via an open air escalator.

Callum O’Brien, who co-owns Dr Rudi’s with his friends Andrew Roborgh and Kristian Lloydd, is no stranger to brewing booze. He also owns Jumping Goat Liquor, makers of coffee-infused vodka or whisky. Beer was the next logical step. Roborgh and Lloydd are hospo veterans, most recently running Little Easy on Ponsonby Rd.

Their beers, currently brewed at Matakana’s Sawmill Brewery but soon moving to the viaduct premises, are craft but easy drinking. Nothing too funky, they want to ease cautious drinkers in. Food is a mixture of large meat platters, pizza by the foot and nibbly snacks. There are ribs, the messiest and as such the funniest food and, of course, lots of seafood.

O’Brien is no stranger to novelty either – Jumping Goat once ran a competition to give away an actual kid (as in baby goat), which got shut down by the SPCA. The trio likes to have a good time and a joke and that’s the atmosphere they want to create at Dr Rudi’s; live DJs will play at weekends, music will be loud and fun, and then there’s those bowling lanes, which patrons can use free.

When I met O’Brien, Roborgh and Lloydd, before the bar was even built, we had a little brainstorm about whether they’d make people wear those funny bowling shoes on Dr Rudi’s lanes. They said no, I (passionately) said yes. I still don’t know what the outcome of that meeting was, but I’m really excited to go and find out.

Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co.
Level 3, Cnr Quay & Hobson Streets
Auckland Viaduct
facebook.com/drrudis/

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

How my email hacker made me rethink Google
78306 2017-08-19 00:00:00Z Technology

How my email hacker made me rethink Google

by Mark Broatch

After having his Gmail account hacked, Mark Broatch wonders: do the digital giants have too much power and not enough responsibility?

Read more
Inti: The new South American restaurant by Javier Carmona
Four must-see art shows, and more exciting Auckland events
78321 2017-08-18 12:57:44Z What's on

Four must-see art shows, and more exciting Aucklan…

by India Hendrikse

A special exhibition at Gow Langsford Gallery plus work from Koji Ryui, Kazu Nakagawa and two of Cuba's best emerging artists.

Read more
Wellington rental horror stories: 'I had spores and fungi in my system'
78276 2017-08-18 06:49:26Z Social issues

Wellington rental horror stories: 'I had spores an…

by Michael Cropp

New voluntary Warrant of Fitness scheme for Wellington rental properties is a good start, but will landlords actually take part?

Read more
Greens dip below threshhold in new poll as Labour surges
78273 2017-08-18 06:38:34Z Politics

Greens dip below threshhold in new poll as Labour …

by RNZ

A "perfect storm" of scandal and the 'Jacinda effect' spells polling disaster for the Greens.

Read more
Masterton's Aratoi Museum puts Ngati Kahungunu taonga on display
78086 2017-08-18 00:00:00Z History

Masterton's Aratoi Museum puts Ngati Kahungunu tao…

by Sharon Stephenson

Prized 19th-century artefacts are among iwi treasures that have returned to the Wairarapa.

Read more
Citizens around the world are suing over climate change
78244 2017-08-18 00:00:00Z Environment

Citizens around the world are suing over climate c…

by Rebecca Macfie

In the face of perceived political inaction on climate change, citizens worldwide are taking the case to court.

Read more
The best red wines under $20
78270 2017-08-18 00:00:00Z Wine

The best red wines under $20

by Michael Cooper

Don’t let anyone tell you there aren’t any good local pinot noirs for under $20, $25 or $30.

Read more