Having amassed a dedicated following for their stable of craft beers, Brothers Beer and Juke Joint BBQ has taken over the famed Piha Surf Lifesaving Club, offering us the perfect reason for a jaunt to the western beaches this weekend. And with the season shaping up to be simply stunning, come summertime, we can’t think of many other places we would rather be.
Set on the top floor of the building (a lifesaving club so iconic that TV shows have been written about it), the space is precisely what we’ve come to expect from this brand, something that feels warm and inviting but always with a tantalising twist that keeps us coming back for more. Boasting a retro-inspired fit-out that reflects Piha’s history, the interiors see 70s-style sofas mix with the club’s memorabilia, while roof-suspended boats serve as a reminder of the beautiful, beach-front surrounds.
But as sentimental as the space is, what really excites us is the offering from the kitchen and bar, which certainly lives up to its spectacular setting. Eight signature craft beer taps sit alongside a curation of local wines and classic cocktails, heroing Brother’s Beer’s lauded offering. In the kitchen, Juke Joint emulates its indulgent, meat-centric fare from its outpost across the City, which sees traditional low and slow barbecue take centre stage. Yet it is the addition of two Piha-only offerings we’re most excited to try; Brothers Beer-battered fish and chips — because what else would one want by the beach? — and a hearty Wagyu beef and cheeseburger on a brioche bun, the epitome of post-surf sustenance.
After all, surfing is the most likely reason for one to find themselves at Piha. And with this delicious new drop-in located right in the middle of South Beach, with views across the black sand and out over the wild West Coast seas, it is the most idyllic vantage point to check out the waves as much as to watch the sun go down over the sea. A laid-back summer destination, in the best kind of way.
Current opening hours:
Friday, 4pm until 10pm.
Saturday — Sunday, 12pm until 10pm.
(Over the later summer season, Brothers Beer Piha will open seven days).
Brothers Beer Piha
Piha Surf Lifesaving Club,
23 Marine Parade South,
Piha, West Auckland