Live Music Venues

Relax or party to live music at these Great Lake Taupo pubs and bars. The perfect way to round off a day on the snow at Mount Ruapehu's ski areas.

Finn MacCuhals Irish Pub

Live band playing at Finn MacCuhals Irish Pub in Taupo

Party Irish style in the heart of New Zealand's North Island at Finn MacCuhals. This traditional Irish pub is pumping on the weekends. By day you can chill out on the sun-drenched deck, watch sports on the big screens, have a meal or play a game of pool.

On Friday and Satruday night, the outdoor deck hosts the best local bands to packed crowds. Indoors, the resident DJ keeps the dance floor humming.

Pitch Sports Bar

Pitch Sports Bar on Tuwharetoa St is a locals favourite - and they definitely come to party. The sports bar hosts some of the best bands in the area on the weekends. With a tasty pub food menu on offer, it's a great place to stop after the mountain for dinner, drinks and dancing.

Grill@42 Kitchen & Bar

Enter Grill@42 Kitchen and Bar and you will notice several music memorabilia displayed around the establishment. The owner loves all types of music and encourages spontaneous music making if there are music instruments lying around. Friday evenings are when they host musicians and they sometimes have live music on Saturday evenings as well.   

Grill@42 encourages their patrons to try something new, unexpected new flavours that you wouldn’t normally make at home. Great pace to relax with friends and family after a good day up on the mountains.

Mulligan's Public House

Mulligan’s Public House is an Irish-themed backpackers bar that goes by their tag line Fine Food, Great Beer, Live Music & Good Craic’. Thursday and Friday nights are their live music and jam night where all musicians of all levels are welcomed to jam on guitar, keyboard, drums, percussions, harmonica, flute, saxophone and other instruments. Open mic are for good singers so if you have a good set of lungs and a great melodious voice, this might be a great venue for you to let go after a good day of skiing.

Two Mile Bay Sailing Centre

This cafe and bar has to have one of the best locations in Taupo. Not only is it on the lakefront, the majority of the cafe sits over the water itself! 

On Sunday evenings, it comes alive as local musicians descend on the venue to jam together. Expect classic rock and roll and blues tunes with a laid-back atmosphere.