Grand Central

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126 Ponsonby Road,

(09) 360 1260

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Grand Central...Ponsonby's longest serving bar – famous and legendary for its live music and late late nights.

There is always something happening at “GC”...whether it is the daily 4 to 7 pm happy hour (2 for 1), the live music /DJ 5 nights per week (for up to date listings find us on Facebook) or the infamous dancing on the bar !!

Always great, friendly service and unpretentious atmosphere, awesome music, quiet comfy lounge areas, and a great outdoor smoking area.

Private and free upstairs function room ... legendary for its "anything goes" policy!!

Opening Hours
Mon - Thu: 16.00 to 05.00
Fri: 16.00 to 05.00
Sat: 18.00 to 05.00
Sun: Closed
Live Ents
Andy's Quiz Night
Outdoor Area
Street-side and laneway (both covered and heated)
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer mrgreene
Really bad bar. The staff should be sacked.

I went to buy the first round of drinks and waited two minutes for the barman to finish talking to the DJ and get around to serve me.

My friend was kept waiting whilst the long haired barman gave away free drinks to his girlfriend and her friends.

We eventually left after my girlfriend went to the bar and was sexually harassed by a couple of guys who had been talking to the barman

I will not be going back and will be telling everybody I know not to go.

Avoid this place, there are plenty of much better bars along Ponsonby Road.

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Reviewer bhop
I was with a group of friends and we had been sitting in the couch area downstairs for about 2 hours before a member of Grand Central's staff came over and told us, quite rudely, that the couch area had been 'reserved'. We asked how the couches in a bar could be reserved? The bar guy became quite annoyed that we were querying this and we were asked to vacate the space immediately. As we left a blonde girl said 'thanks babe' to the staff member who evicted us, and her group of friends took over the couch area.

The service is slow and the vibe is akin to a smelly old student flat. Don't go here unless you like grimy bars that charge plenty, impolite bar staff and company that is tacky.

I recommend that you bypass Grand Central and pop down to any one of the other — friendly — bars on Ponsonby Road (PSC, Mea Culpa et al.) instead.
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Reviewer Wiremu
Grand Central is a fantastic Venue with a unique and cosy atmosphere that is second to none! Bar staff were friendly and down to earth! Looking forward to going back to watch the Grand Central Band one day soon!!
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Reviewer Anonymous
Not impressed. Sleazy and very down market. Has a late nite licence which keeps the punters coming but would have no chance if there was some serious late nite competition in Ponsonby. Miserable bar staff too- look like they just wanna go home.
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