Fans of gourmet burgers are in for a treat when they visit one of Wellington’s trendiest fast food joints..
Where is Burger Liquor?
129 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington City.
Open from 11.30am until late daily.
What is Burger Liquor?
Wellington’s first burger bar is a ‘no frills’ kind of place. It’s popular with the locals and buzzing on most nights. There’s an extensive menu of specially designed burgers and an even more extensive list of spirits and beers..
Who to go with?
You should visit with just about anyone who appreciates a good burger! We saw a couple of families while we were there but on the whole it seemed to attract young groups of friends (many of which appeared to be university students). There were also a couple of dates going on at the time, but we thought that the music and lively atmosphere was a touch too loud for intimate chats.
In case it wasn’t obvious from the name this restaurant specialises in gourmet burgers, tacos and fries. They also do some pretty mean cocktails, delicious hard shakes, beers and a selection of bourbons & rums. As a group, we opted to get stuck in to some of their tastiest sounding burgers. Between us we had:
Ground aged beef patty, double smoked free-range streaky bacon, smokey bbq sauce,butter milk onion strings, cheddar & mayo $14.
The Lux Deluxe:
Ground aged beef patty, cheddar, bbq pulled pork, double smoked bacon, iceberg, tomatoes, pickles, mayo and an extra drizzle of bbq sauce for good measure $20
The Amy Swinehouse
12hr bbq pulled pork, crispy shallots, rainbow slaw, jalapeño mayo and spicy tomato salsa $15
With special sauce $11.
I really enjoyed my Amy Swinehouse burger. It ticked all the right boxes and the pulled pork was tender and flavoursome. My only minor issue was that it was a tiny bit too spicy for me, but this was my fault for ordering it in the first place, as I knew it contained jalapeño mayo. Meanwhile, everyone else in our group adored their burgers and even went as far as to say that they were the best burgers they’ve ever eaten! Apparently the meat was tender and the bbq sauces and extra fillings were all top notch. We also have veggie friends who recommended the restaurant because they love the fact that every one of Burger Liquors burgers can be made vegetarian by substituting the meat for a veggie patty or pulled jack fruit – which is sheer brilliance on their part.
On top of our meals we also had a few Boiler Makers, which are a mix of Burger Liquor lager and a shot of the bourbon of the day. Priced at $10 a piece, you really can’t go wrong…
Atmosphere & Service
Burger Liquor has a real urban aesthetic which matches well with its menu. As well as a large wood-clad bar, there’s a basketball hoop, an exposed brick wall, neon lighting and plenty of colourful artwork. Somehow the place manages to achieve a gourmet fast food vibe and we could definitely see why it was so popular with locals.
What’s the damage?
The burgers are excellent value for what you receive. They may not be the biggest burgers in the world (I think we could all have polished off a second round) but they were certainly high quality and definitely worth the modest price. On average, you should expect to pay around $15 for your burger + $5 for a side of fries. Obviously, you then have to consider the slightly pricier cocktails and drinks, but even those won’t be breaking the bank. Overall, Burger Liquor is ideally priced for an evening out with friends.
If you like burgers and you’re on the lookout for somewhere to eat in Wellington then this is the place for you. I can’t fault the quality of the food and the atmosphere is fun and laid back. During our visit (on a Thursday night) we had a half hour wait for a table but the burgers were arguably worth every minute of the wait. The drinks alone are a good enough reason to pop by and this is one burger joint that even your veggie mates are going to rave about.