Tonic Bar, Dunedin, New Zealand

OPEN Tuesday-Friday from 4pm until late
Saturday from 6pm until late

Whatever your taste, tonic is certainly a refreshing change for the better...

The temptations of such a carefully composed wine list are difficult to resist. But the award winning locally brewed Emerson's, on tap in all its affable personalities, also offers great rewards for the beer lover. Special releases direct from the brewery, such as Brewers Reserves and seasonal release beers, make for tasteful events in every sense.

Another sensational highlight is settling in for a responsibly guided journey through the seriously impressive range of craft brewery beers – each selected as an outstanding example of a local, regional or national brew. The odd international beer is even admitted (if it measures up to local high standards).

Metres from central Dunedin's bustling Octagon, yet far enough from the madding crowd to be a haven of independent flavours and ambience – tonic is the perfect space for exploration and conversation, at any stage of your evening.

As a special bonus, join the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA), and receive $1 off your pint of tap beer with your SOBA card.


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Based in Otago, at the city of Dunedin. Easy to locate with a direct walk SOUTH along Princes Street, the main North/South road through the CBD and shopping precinct. Opposite the Scenic Circle Dunedin City Hotel Accommodation, Literally less than a minute stroll from "The Octagon" – Dunedin's central landmark and main tourist information area. Consider tonic a refreshing reward en route to hotels, attractions, restaurants, cinemas and bustling city nightlife!


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Brewery direct "special releases", tasting's, annual spectaculars, and live music all combine to ensure there's never a dull moment at tonic!


Emerson's Bird Dog IPA

After two years of development on tap in our Dunedin Sound Series, Bird Dog India Pale Ale is now in our 500ml bottle.

The combination of NZ and US hops in the boil, the hopback, and dry hopping, along with traditional bottle conditioning makes this true India Pale Ale a significant addition to our range.

Bird Dog has always been a tribute to The Verlaines album by the same name, and John Collie's painting which appeared on the Bird Dog album features on the Bird Dog label.

The stand out feature of Bird Dog IPA is the cellaring for some weeks prior to each batch's release and sold only when the flavours have developed to our satisfaction. After many trials we discovered the beer hits its peak well after bottling date, and keeps improving.
6.5% ABV

Emerson's Daredevil Red IPA

At last, our popular Red IPA is in the bottle! A real favourite amongst our brewing team. The subtle hoppy flavours give little clue to what develops once you start tasting the beer; luscious malt body, hints of fruity toffee apples, then a long complex finish that inspires another mouthful to experience the full range of flavours all over again! Just the beer for the cool evenings in front of open fires, or for you townies – a heat pump.
6.6% ABV


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Here's an account of the drinks we generally prefer to stock – but we always make a point of carefully hand selecting the finest wines, beers and spirits from the available market range. As a result, the odd individual drink on our list may vary without notice.


Garage Project Lil Red Rye 6.4%
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Humulus Lupulus, the wolf bine can be fierce, but L’il Red Rye, the grain at the heart of this beer, has more than enough character to run with the wolves. Amarillo and Simcoe hops combine with the earthy spice of rye, and the richness of Munich and caramel malts to create a beer that’s well worth a short cut through the woods.

RainDogs Wee Bitter 3.8%
It is brewed in the English tradition as a Session Bitter. Highly drinkable, a few pints can be enjoyed with friends whilst maintaining your wits! Wee Bairn is well balanced with toffee and toasted malt flavours married with a smooth bitterness. Citrus and fruity notes develop from late and dry hopping.

Garage Project Fugazi 2.1%
Definitely sessionable it has a light tropical fruit aroma, pours a clear caramel color with a lasting white head with good lacing. Tastes of tropical fruit with some mineral qualities and a hint of hops.

Garage Project White Trash 4.2%
Welcome ya’ll to the trailer park. Rest up a while, grab yo’self a plastic chair, crack a can and kick back with the crew from art collection and clothing brand, ALC Apparel. This is White Trash, ALC art inspired American Wheat, brewed to a super session able 4.20% ABV, with wheat, two-row pale malt, a touch of citra and lime. It’s trashy, but y’all know you love it that way.

Garage Project Pils'n'Thrills 5.5%
Pils 'n' Thrills is the Garage's irreverent take on the classic Bohemian Pilsner. German malts combined with American Summit hops create a refreshingly crisp, golden beer with a snappy bitterness and lifter lemon citrus notes. It's definitely not your average pilsner, but then some rules were meant to be broken.

Emerson's Bookbinder - 3.7%
A wonderfully drinkable interpretation of a classic English ale. "Booky" is a delicious blend of four malts and two classic Nelson grown hops.
A great session ale.


8 Wired HopWired IPA 7.3%
8 Wired Tall Poppy India Red Ale 7.0%
Bach Brewing Duskrider Red IPA 6.0%
Bach Brewing Kingtide Pacific IPA 7.0%
Epic Pale Ale 5.4%
Emerson's 1812 India Pale Ale 4.9%
Emerson's Bird Dog 6.5%
Emerson's Daredevil Red IPA 6.6%
Emerson's London Porter 4.9%
Emerson's Taieri George 6.8%
Emerson's JP 2015
Liberty Oh Brother Pale Ale 5.1%
Liberty C!tra Junior 4.5%
Liberty Yakima Scarlet 6.9%
Mussel Inn Pale Whale Ale 7.0%
Panhead Super Charger APA 5.7%
Panhead Blacktop Oat Stout 5.5%
ParrotDog BitterBitch IPA 5.8%
ParrotDog Bloodhound 6.3%
ParrotDog ClippedWing 3.5%
ParrotDog Otis Oatmeal Stout 6.3%
ParrotDog PitBull 7.0%
Three Boys Wheat 5.0%
Tuatara Aotearoa Pale Ale 5.8%
Tuatara Indian Pale Ale 5.0%
Tuatara Hefe 5.0%
Yeastie Boys Digital IPA 7.0%
Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black 6.0%
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA 6.5%

Bach Brewing Beachstone NZ Pilsner 4.8%
Croucher Pilsner 5.0%
Mussel Inn Golden Goose Lager 4.0%
Panhead Port Road Pilsner 5.2%
Three Boys Pils 5.5%
Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner 5.0%

cider/fruit/smoked/spiced beer
Zeffer Apple Cider 5.0%
Zeffer Hopped up Pippin Cider 5.8%
Mussel Inn Frecked Frog Feijoa Cider 4.0%
Mussel Inn Captain Cooker Manuka Beer 5.0%

low alcoholic beer
Harringtons Harry's Light 2.5%


Duvel Belgium 8.5%

Hoegaarden Belgium
Forbidden Fruit 8.5%
Grand Cru 8.5%

Leffe Belgium
Blond 6.6%
Brune 6.5%
Radieuse 8.2%

Chimay Trappist Belgium
Red 7.0%
White 8.0%
Blue 9.0%

Westmalle Trappist Belgium
Dubbel 7.0%
Tripel 9.5%

Delerium Tremens Belgium 8.5%

Gulden Draak Belgium 10.5%

Kwak Belgium 8.4%

Sierra Nevada U.S.A
Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2%


champagne and méthode traditionnelle
Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV
Quartz Reef Central Otago Brut NV
Deutz Marlborough Cuvée
Brancott Estate Brut Cuvée

Carrick Bannockburn Central Otago Chardonnay
Boundary Tuki Tuki Road Hawke's Bay Chardonnay
Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Peregrine Rastasburn Central Otago Riesling
Framingham Marlborough Pinot Gris

Rua Central Otago Pinot Noir
Boundary Kings Road Waipara Pinot Noir
Te Mata Estate Vineyards Hawke's Bay Syrah
Te Mata Estate Vineyards Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet

port & cognac
Remy Martin V.S.O.P. Cognac
Martell V.S.O.P. Cognac

Taylor’s Fine Tawny Port

Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve Single Malt 18 yr old
Chivas Regal Gold Signature 18 yr old
Laphroaig Islay Single Malt 10 yr old
The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt 12 yr old
Glenkinchie Lowland Edinburgh Single Malt 10 yr old
Talisker Isle of Skye Single Malt 10 yr old
Strathisla Highland Single Malt 12 yr old
Dimple Fine Old Original 15 yr old
The Glenlivet Single Malt 15 yr old

Bread selection: Lightly toasted breads served with dips.
Antipasto: Cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives and feta served with toasted ciabatta.
Cheeseboard: Local Evansdale cheeses served with crackers and dried fruits.
Pizza by Zucchini Bros.


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Tonic 138 Princes Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Telephone (+64) 03 471 9194
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