The Cav Hotel Auckland Review

The Cavalier or Cav is a gastropub with a popular pokies gaming lounge located in 68 College Hill, Ponsonby in central Auckland. This prime location in the heart of Auckland city means that visitors are able to access the venue using the inner link and outer link buses that stop at their doorstep.

About the Cav

While the exact time the hotel was built is not known, it is thought to have been established between 1864 & 1868. Initially, the hotel was known as the Suffolk hotel though this name was later changed to the Cavalier Tavern. Like most hotel in this era, it was built of wood which has surprisingly been able to hold up for 150 years.

In 1976 the hotel was taken over by Lion Breweries who established a mini-brewery that offered craft beer. Over the years the hotel has been leased and managed by different operators. In 2014 the hotel finally changed its name from the Cavaliers Tavern to its current name; The Cav.

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Hotel Facilities

  •  Gastropub/Sports Bar.

The sports bar at the hotel is nothing short of spectacular. Here you get yourself an exceedingly stylish and comfortable gastropub and a clear view of numerous big screens that show all the sports you like. Additionally, they offer a wide selection of craft ales and lagers to tickle your fancy. Indeed the sports bar is a wonderful place to catch the game with your mates or family.

  • Outdoor Verandah Dining.

For people who prefer dining outdoors, the hotel offers a spacious outdoor verandah dining that looks amazingly cozy. It is predominantly furnished with comfortable white wicker armchairs and pale timber tabletops. Additionally, the floral decor is on point with hanging baskets bursting with greenery and colorful flowers in huge classic vases.

  • Parking Area’s.

To ensure that customers pack their automobiles securely and with peace of mind, the hotel offers a parking lot & street parking. Customers who park here are not charged a dime for the entire duration they spend in the hotel.

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  • Dining & Bar Information.

Like I stated earlier the main bar highlight in this hotel has got to be the gastropub where beers are custom crafted as you see them. Apart from the ales and lagers available on order, you also get a wide selection of wines and spirit to choose from.

The dining and kitchen facilities are absolutely amazing. First, the restaurant setting is in a way that exudes a friendly and vibrant atmosphere great for dates and dinner with family. With Eugene Hamilton from Euro being the executive chef here you should only expect the most exquisite cuisine that will water your palate.

A happening evening spot is also availed for persons looking to party the night away at the hotel. Their menu specializes in soups & salads, awesome burgers, sandwiches & tacos, sides, desserts, bar snacks and their very own Cav classics like pork baby ribs, Grassy Knoll eye fillet, pan fried snapper and the must try Cav Cray and Chips of just a few.

Menu Sample The Cav Classics

Great pokies in Freeman’s Bay

The Cav is a popular pokes venue in Freeman’s Bay, local players have given this gaming lounge the big thumb’s up. They have about 8 poker machines for visitors to enjoy.

Other Things of Note.

  • Events & Functions.

With the custom menus, wonderful city views and great refreshment options, this hotel is a great place to host all your functions and events such as a wedding, dinner party, hens or stag nights, birthday parties or even corporate events. By getting in contact with them they will be able to sort out your space requirements as well as arrange for the food & beverage services they can offer.

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 11am – 1am
Sunday 11am – 11pm


Phone  (09) 376 4230


Map and address

The Cav
68 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

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