Common Room

Best little bar in the bay.

A History of

Common Room.

The East End of Heretaunga Street was once a derelict ghost town, all tumbleweeds, boarded-up windows and empty shops. Flash-forward to the roaring 2020’s. Heretaunga St East is a bustling, thriving hub of arts and culture. At the centre of that hub is Common Room.

Established by Gerard Barron in 2013, Common Room has become a Hawke’s Bay icon, the heart and soul of modern Hastings. Bar, restaurant, music venue, theatre, games room, marketplace, art gallery, lounge, garden… home. 

Our aesthetic matches our community. Creative, chaotic and eclectic, yet cosy, warm and inviting. We believe in the fine art of conversation, providing a space for you to be you, showing off fine wines and crafted beers, with comforting food done well. Our staff are a motley crew of scallywags, rogues and rascals who put on their best behaviour to serve you. Whatever your interest, we’ll have someone who can parry with you. Whatever your tipple, we can rustle it up.

If you know us, you need no convincing. If you don’t, then join us. 🔥