The Occidental Belgian Beer Café Review

The Occidental Belgian Beer Café is a Belgian bar and restaurant located at 6-8 Vulcan Lane, Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand. Way back in 1870, the building was originally a hotel and museum which was built by an American sailor named Edward Perkins. Over the years, it transformed into a cafe and bar, it has also served as a meeting point for many locals in the area over the years.

In 1999, it became known as The Occidental Belgian Beer Café and since then, it has been serving great food and drinks for regulars, tourists, and for people who just happen to pass by this venue right in the heart of Auckland city.

Food Menu and Beverages.

​The Occidental Belgian Beer Café’s food menu is divided into seven sections. These are the full menu, the bar snacks menu, kids’ menu, the special late night menu, the breakfast menu, the dessert menu, and the lunch menu. So no matter what the time or what your feeling like they have it covered.

The full menu consists of foods such as steamed mussels, grilled mussels, steamed shellfish pot, the bay of islands pacific rock oysters, baguettes, light salads, platters, entree foods, main dishes, sides, and desserts.

The back snacks menu includes mixed olives & feta cheese, salt & pepper crusted squid, Belgian fries, Rosemary polenta chips, seasoned wedges, deep fried crumbed cauliflower, chicken croquettes, spicy coated pieces of chicken breast, and pork sausages.

A great kids’ menu includes fish & chips, mini bratwurst sausages, junior mussel pot, Flemish stew, chicken tagliatelle, mini waffle, and ice cream sundae.

The special late night menu includes steamed mussels, grilled mussels, spicy barbecue pork ribs, Caesar salad, Flemish stew, Belgian sausages, chicken schnitzel, three cheese potato & leek gratin, house-made beef burger, fish & chips, salt & pepper squid, and a tender Angus rump steak.

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A breakfast menu includes handcrafted patisseries, traditional Belgian waffles, a selection of house-baked bagels, steamed mussels, grilled mussels, and the popular bay of islands pacific rock oysters.

The dessert menu includes the Belgian chocolate mousse, warm rice pudding, spiced apple & walnut crumble, affogato, vanilla bean ice cream & Belgian chocolate sauce, and grilled banana & maple syrup.

A super lunch menu includes seafood chowder soup, smoked potato soup, braised corn beef, tagliatelle, chicken liege salad, and salmon croquette.

Menu Sample Specials.

The Drinks of Note.

The beverages include a wide variety of drinks suitable for all tastes. These are tap beers, cider, bottled beers, cocktails, shots, mocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and a wide array of wines.

Entertainment and Food Menu Specials.

​The Occidental Belgian Beer Café has food specials every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday is the mussel mania special, Tuesday is roast lamb shoulder special and Wednesday is the venison pie special deal.

The entertainment events feature live music performances by several local musicians. They are held on Friday from 9:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 pm, and Sundays from 2:00 pm.


​The Occidental Belgian Beer Café is a very popular bar for both food and drinks. It is a venue favored by most of the city workers around the area and offers a good selection of Belgian beers, atmosphere that buzzes constantly, and an authentic gastropub food menu. The bar is famous for its steamed mussels with creamy white wine and garlic and a hearty serving of venison pie or tender chicken schnitzel.

There is also a wide variety of Belgian beers as you would expect which are available both on tap and traditional Belgian waffles for those who want something small to complete a meal with. It is definitely a venue that you can visit time and again and easily recommendable to friends or relatives who happen to be in the area.

Pokies Machines at the Occidental Belgian Beer Café.

The Occidental Belgian Beer Café does not offer any pokies gaming or punting options.

Opening hours

7:30am until late on weekdays
9am until late on weekends


Phone 9-300 6226


Map and address

The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe
6 Vulcan Lane, Auckland, Auckland City 1010, New Zealand.

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