If you are staying locally, you may wish to charge your food and drinks back to your accommodation.
We have the arrangement with the following:
- Anchorage Motel
- Crown Hotel
- Marineland Motels
- Navigate Motel
- Harbour View Motel
- Colonial Motel Taradale
- Shoreline Motel on Marine Parade
Please let a member of our waiting staff know if you are staying at one of these locations and would like to take advantage of the service.
We are an honest, down-to-earth place where you can relax with your mates or your family.
The Napier Ale House is one of 14 specialised Speight’s hostelries nationwide and the only bar in the Bay serving all seven of the Dunedin brewery’s beers on tap, from top-seller Speight’s Gold, Distinction, Old Dark, Porter, Summit, Pilsener, Seasonal Release and Speight’s Cider.
We have an upstairs restaurant with a big deck overlooking Ahuriri and the harbour – an attraction on its own! Open for lunch and dinner, we boast a wide-ranging, reasonably-priced menu that touches home base for all tastes.
Rustic with schist rock, lots of timber and steel, a big stone fireplace in the bar, the décor reflects Speight’s Otago origins, but is just as appropriate in the former warehouse where Speight’s Napier made its home in 2005.
According to the Froth-blowers Manual of 1914, Kiwis were divided into two camps: those who drank Speight’s and those who didn’t. No one who drank old-time Speight’s could ever forget the exquisite taste. In fact, the “froth-blower” refers to New Zealanders exiled in Australia and elsewhere around the world who nostalgically described their land of birth in a single word: Speight’s.
In 1914 Speight’s was the biggest brewery in New Zealand. Speight’s beer was sold in 13 outlets in Hawke’s Bay and was bottled in Napier by Warren Smith & Co.
Now Speight’s is one of New Zealand’s biggest selling beer brands and, although you can find it in most pubs around the country, there’s only one place in Hawke’s Bay where you are lucky enough to have the whole Speight’s range on tap: the new Speight’s Alehouse, in Ahuriri, Napier.Ahuriri and the port itself played a significant and eventful part in the life and development of Napier and indeed Hawke’s Bay. The port continues to impact on community life today.
In early European history of New Zealand, the East Coast was left mainly to the whalers. Interest in the Hawke’s Bay started with Captain Thomas Wing who charted the harbour of “Hairiri” (the lagoon) which was later called Ahuriri in 1837.
Port Ahuriri was to become the main port between Wellington and Auckland on the East Coast of the North Island.The first settler was William Colenso, followed closely by the first trader Alexander Alexander. The early history of Port Ahuriri is one of hardship, success and failure. The People of Port Ahuriri bore the name of “Spit-ites” with pride and without these people and without these people, the city of Napier would never have become the success it is today.
The area has transformed from the main commercial centre to the main industrial hub, from slum to what it is today: a very sought-after residential area. During these times, its character has changed and much of its history disappeared from view. The Speight’s Alehouse building itself was badly damaged by fire in 1923 and destroyed by fire again in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake.