If you've got your party pants on, there are only two addresses to know in New Zealand's capital city — Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.
If you're after a younger vibe then head to Courtenay Place, where upscale techno spots packed with stylish clubbers, traditional Irish pubs, cheap and cheerful ethnic cafes and all-night venues will have you rocking the night away.
For a cooler/classier feel, the bars dotted along Cuba Street are your best bet. Duke Carvell's is eclectic fun and has one of the best-stocked bars in town. To see where the really cool kids play, head to Mighty Mighty where, on any given night, you could come across a play, a book launch, some rap wrestling, rockabilly bands, folk nights, hoola hooping, burlesque ladies, rollerskating, ukelele orchestras, indy rock bands or limbo experiments. Just around the corner, the Southern Cross Garden Bar is large, with indoor and outdoor areas for when the weather is being kind to Wellington.