You, Me & Mates “Favourite Places”  *** Bad Habits ***

I have a new favourite bar! It came with recommendations, but I hadn’t really taken much notice until the weekend of the Paihia Jazz & Blues Festival.

All of the venues that had bands playing were jam packed on the Saturday afternoon when we arrived. We were hungry and thirsty, and wanted a place to eat, drink, and mellow out for a little. This place is right in the heart of “The Lanes”, and The Lanes are right in the heart of Paihia township.

When you walk into “Bad Habits” the first thing you ask yourself is… “is this a bar… or a butcher… or a deli… or a bottle shop?”. The answer is… “why yes… yes it is! “.

Bad Habits manages to tastefully blend every guys favourite shop into one. With a great menu that sports chic burgers, and addictive waffle fries, you can have lunch, then do a $25 tasting of three of the literally hundreds of specialty spirits, listen to some great music… all while you are waiting for tonight’s dinner ribs to be sliced and wrapped!

Late in that evening, we came back to Bad Habits in time to hear the last couple of songs from their Saturday night live music. A talented young lass with a great voice playing chilled out covers on the guitar.

We whiled away the last hour or so of the night with a “three gin” tasting, 3 Negroni’s, & a dirty martini (that was just my effort), until finally the lights behind the bar dimmed signifying that perhaps it was time to call it a night. A great night indeed!


Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!