104 Central Park Drive,
(09) 835 1056
The ViewAuckland Review
3 out of 5 stars
We've seen Monteith's and Mac's theme pubs pop up around the city across recent years, and now it's the turn of the Export Gold brand. The Hangar has only been open around three months but already it's confidently advertising "We serve the coldest beer in town". That's a reference to the super chilled Export Gold Extra Cold that's on tap. It's not my preferred beer, but at least there's a full range of Monteith's also available.
Arriving on a Sunday afternoon, The Hangar is pretty quiet but I can think of worse places to catch a replay of a few games form the Rugby World Cup. It's actually hard to miss the action because there are at least 18 screens downstairs, and a few more upstairs in a laid back lounge area. The few screens that aren't showing the footie are screening videos, mainly from the 1980s, and a few familiar hits from Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty are pumping over the sound system. A more formal dining area with red banquettes beckons, but we grab one of the big outside tables to spread the Sunday papers out on.
The Hangar wears its Westie roots proudly. The wine list features so many local Croatian names that it looks like a page from the Zagreb telephone directory. A bourbon and coke is referred to as a Waitakere Daiquiri, and one of the cocktails on offer is an Outrageous Fortune (Grey Goose Vodka, peach liqueur, apple juice, lemon and passionfruit). It actually doesn't sound like something that Cheryl West and her clan would drink, and the moderately stylish Hangar is probably a bit flash for them anyway. And doesn't the heartbroken Van prefer to drink alone in his bedroom these days?
The Hangar's decor is an effective mix of industrial-style steel and a warmer wooden look. On a mezzanine floor there's a loungey late night feel with sofas and divans. When our meals arrive, my burger is also of an industrial size, and crammed with cheese, egg and beetroot, there's barely enough room for the meat pattie. Others order entree sized offerings from the Stone Grill menu, but pizzas are also on offer. Kiwi comic Brendhan Lovegrove hosts quiz night on Tuesdays with the added attraction of a two-for-one pizza deal.
Low-key, spacious and versatile, The Hangar is already gathering a loyal following. Across summer the relaxed deck should be the place to be, especially before and after gigs and Breakers games at the Trusts Stadium just along the road.
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