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Bellota is the Spanish word for acorn and it’s the acorn that plays an essential part in the creation of one of the world's most prized delicacies – Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (literally Iberian ham of acorns). Peter Gordon’s Bellota, ideally located in popular Federal Street in Auckland’s inner city, is the perfect place to meet pre or post a Comedy Festival Show. Indulge in a true Spanish experience, a delectable range of authentic tapas, Spanish wine and live guitar Thursdays – Saturdays.

91 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
09 363 6000
Open: Daily from 4:30pm - late and from midday Friday.



Tanuki Japanese Sushi and Sake Bar is an Izakaya style restaurant, located slap, bang next to one of our favourite Comedy Clubs – The Classic. Izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed their customers to remain in store to eat while they were trying the sake. It’s huge in Japan and we love Sake at the Comedy Festival, probably a little too much!

If you’re looking for a quick, no hassle meal to fuel up before or after a show, Tanuki’s informal Japanese pub food could be just the ticket. Everything is made fresh and their delicious and traditional plates are perfect for sharing with friends (as is tradition at Izakayas).

Tanuki is the sake heart of Auckland, offering thirty different varieties – one for every taste and budget. If you’d rather bring your own wine, Tanuki is BYO on Sunday nights. Choice!

If you’re looking for a little more privacy, Tanuki also has a private function room. This room seats 35 people, offering a set menu and your very own waitress for the night.

Stop by for a delicious meal when you’re in the neighbourhood – you’ll become a local during the Comedy Festival for sure!

319 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
09 379-5353
Open: Tues - Sun 5pm - 11pm. Closed on Mondays.
Reservations recommended, e-mail or



Venture through the unassuming closed door and downstairs to the subterranean yakitori bar, Tanuki’s Cave – or, to the regulars, simply ‘The Cave’.

Yakitori literally means ‘grilled chicken’, but this isn’t all the Cave has on offer. The menu includes a wide variety of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, all grilled on bamboo skewers and basted with our special in-house sauce or grilled with salt. Yakitori also tastes great with beer, and we recommend you try their Japanese Sapporo or Asahi beer on tap. Tanuki’s Cave also has a large selection of Kushiage - breadcrumbed, deep fried morsels on bamboo skewers, served with a special savoury sauce.

The Cave is always packed, so they don’t take regular bookings. If you want to guarantee yourself a quiet spot, you can book the special ‘Cage’ table on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday nights. The Cage is great for large groups, but requires minimum spend of $300 (including drinks and food).
Authentic, tasty Japanese food in a unique atmosphere! To make a reservation or inquiry for the Cage table contact the friendly staff on

319 (basement) Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Open: Daily from 5:30pm - Midnight
First come, first served basis, no reservations taken