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The Lawrenson Group is Hamilton’s largest hospitality provider. Their quality range of 13 restaurants and bars allows them to cater to nearly every dining and drinking requirement of visiting and local delegates. The Group includes New Zealand’s Top Regional Restaurant (Cuisine 2013) and many of Hamilton’s most popular bars.

The Lawrenson Group proudly operates most of Hamilton’s most popular inner city bars and many of its favourite restaurants. If you are looking for a hospitality partner to provide for your delegates while they are in Hamilton, give their dedicated Corporate Hospitality Team a call.

Having the widest range of properties in the city means they can offer a diverse range of entertainment options. From Victoria Street Bistro, New Zealand’s Best Regional Restaurant (Cuisine 2013) to Hamilton’s best cocktail bar; Easy Tiger or the iconic Bank Bar and Brasserie, there’s a fantastic experience for your delegates waiting to be organised through the Lawrenson Group.

Other Lawrenson Group offerings include Keystone - Hamilton’s only Monteith’s craft bar, Furnace - which is consistently voted one of Hamilton’s favourite restaurants in the Waikato Times Tempo reader’s choice awards, Bluestone Steakhouse - Hamilton’s only inner city steakhouse, The Helm Bar and Kitchen, Shenanigans Irish Pub, and more.

Main Services

The Lawrenson Group have two private function rooms. The Victoria Street Bistro Functions room seats 50 and is A/V ready. Service and food is provided by the award winning Victoria Street Bistro staff, making it the best private dining experience in the city. The Bank function room seats 65 and has its own bar and terraced rooftop garden bar for a more casual experience. Set menus and buffet menus are available.

A number of Lawrenson Group venues can cater to groups of up to 100 diners or 300 drinkers. Our corporate hospitality team can tailor an offer for your delegates that involves a choice of our venues.

Facilities and Services


  • On-site Catering

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Conference and Function Venues
Banquet: 80

Banquet: 100 Cocktail: 200

Victoria Street Bistro
Banquet: 50

VSB Functions
Banquet: 50 Cocktail: 80
Boardroom: 50

Easy Tiger
Cocktail: 100

Bluestone Steakhouse
Banquet: 75 Cocktail: 100

Bar 101
Cocktail: 100

The Helm
Banquet: 80 Cocktail: 400

Cocktail: 250

The Outback
Cocktail: 1350

The Hood
Cocktail: 300

The Bank
Banquet: 100 Cocktail: 400

Upstairs at The Bank
Banquet: 65 Cocktail: 100

Hood St Studio
Cocktail: 250


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