The Jandal Story


It began one sunny East Coast afternoon when three well-experienced beersies technicians were sitting at a small local brewery in Gisborne contemplating why there weren’t any straight-up Kiwi bars anymore. Late into the morning they drank, and from this meeting of great imbibed minds the seed was planted for a Kiwi bar that didn't discriminate against anyone from road workers to lawyers ... Well, maybe lawyers.

It was to be a home for all Kiwis... where hipsters could enjoy lively hopped pilsners with citrus notes and where Barry the local plumber could sit in his favourite corner with his quart of Tui.

It would be a home where Kiwis could enjoy the comforts of these modern times, but also a place to reminisce about our great Kiwi history. A clubroom where ALL Kiwis of any shape, size, colour or creed would be welcomed ... Jeez, we'd even invite girls, they decided.

But what shall it be called? They pondered this for some time until Gisborne's very own ex-international wine-guru-come-property-developer BLAIR sez: “It shall henceforth be called ‘The Jandal’”!

In essence, The Jandal is a celebration of classic Kiwi beers partnered up with local craft beers, because we think it's important to support our future beer makers. We will always have a selection of great Kiwi craft beers as we continue to search for that perfect drop.

Just as important is our tucker. The Jandal offers a full menu that caters for everyone, while also celebrating our Kiwi roots.

This is the beginning of a WORLDWIDE revolution that we like to call "JANDALISM". Which, by The Jandal dictionary, means: To gather in one place from all walks of life in the company of great food and ales for the purpose of enjoyment.



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