136 Hurstmere Road,
(09) 486 4102
Mac's Brew Bar Information
Hurstmere Road Mac’s Brewbar, located on the old site of iconic venue R’toto, has taken the finest elements from each of the Brewbars before it and added some quirky characteristics to celebrate its location on the North Shore.
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Bar Menu, A La Carte Menu
TV Screens showing sports events
Sheltered outdoor space
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
Great bar which has been buzzing with people every time I have been here. I have been here a lot on nights out and have ordered some of the bar food and pizza which were top notch! I find the price very reasonable and enjoy the quality ingredients they use. Bar staff are usually really good here and the outdoor area is spacious which makes for an awesome day when then sun is out.
I was surprised to say the least with Mac's Brew bar, I have been there a few times and I only ever drank there but last night I ate as well. The surprise was the menu, it didn't seem like a bar, soft shell crab, venison and other delights.
Now unfortunately I went straight for the soft shell crab as this is one of my favourite ingredients to cook with they didn't have any available. So ended up with pea soup followed by the Venison with blueberry jus and kidney pudding.
I have read another review slamming the service at Mac;s Brew Bar because the entrees where cleared when the mains arrived. I understand people expect to be served but this is a bar and I found the service very friendly and appropriate. When I am in a Mac's bar I don't expect serious table service and this is the main reason I gave a four and not three stars. If this was a restaurant the result would be a two or three instead.
To the food, the pea soup was very delicious my only complaint is it was more like mushy peas and I prefer my soups to be smooth and silky. The venison dish was slightly more disappointing the venison was very salty which wasn't helped by an over reduced sauce and the kidney pudding really tasted of nothing. It wasn't bad for pub food though.
Worth a visit, the pizzas looked decent on the other tables.
went along slightly apprehensive as some of the reviews of Mac's Brew Bar were a bit scathing but was pleasantly surprised with everything; service was great, atmosphere was great and the food was even greater! am definitely going back again. highly recommend the salt and pepper squid ..... mmmmmm
Just came back from having lunch at Mac’s Brew Bar in Takapuna. The service is shocking. Our starter arrived quickly and the waitress only cleared our table when our mains arrive. Even then she left some dirty side plates on the table which she didn’t bother to remove. Finished our mains and the waitresses just ignored us and once again didn’t remove our plates. We waited to see if someone would come but they would walk past us quickly and could see us but couldn’t care less. It was not full inside at all so could not use busy as an excuse. I walked up to the bar and asked to speak to the manager and only then did a waitress decide to go and clear it. He had a no care attitude and shrugged his shoulders as if to say “so what” so you can obviously see where the staff are getting their nonchalant attitude from. He proceeded to ignore me and say something to another staff member who clearly looked as if I was stupid and had no grounds for complaint. Even though the food was good, I definitely will not be going back to Macs Brew Bar and will let all my friends know!!!
Atmosphere - Busy and vibrant. Gets pretty loud as the night wears on. Comfortable seating area with plush couches and a mish mash of chairs. Bar area was really packed by the time we left. I've been told it's like this most nights.
Food - Wider range of food available in comparison to the other Mac's bars I've been to. Good quality food that is well presented. Food was cooked well and tasted good. The mains are a step up from your usual pub fare. We tried the lamb, venison and steak. I'd recommend the lamb. Venison was interesting with the blueberries which blended with the meal well.
Service -- Depends on who you get serving you. Some staff are really nice and friendly, some aren't so. Loved our waitress' honest and friendly nature. However, wasn't too impressed with the service from some other staff, quite snobbish.
Drinks - Mac's range of beers and drinks. Cocktails were alright, some quite refreshing.
Overall experience -
Good. Would go back.
To call and book a table if you're wanting a meal, esp. on a Friday evening.
Be careful, if dining here with children especially if you have purchased Grabone vouchers (which do not state R18 like the new ones) as the manager, Dean, will become very aggressive and advise you that children are not entitled to use the vouchers as they need to be atleast 18 years of age to dine there. Why would they have a childrens menu is beyond me! Food average, entree never even made it to the table. Not Family Friendly!!!!!!
Mac's Brew Bar is a great casual bar along Hurstmere Road. Not for the sports fan, but if you're keen to just catch up with mates and relax, Mac's Brew Bar is probably the best place in Takapuna.
Mac's Brew Bar is easily one of Takapuna's best bars. A massive space with a sun drenched outdoor setting, there's always heaps going on.
Friday nights it gets chocker but well worth battling the crowds - see you there!
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