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The

UNDERCURRENT

Opening hours:
Wednesday-Sunday
11am-7pm
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Wade into the Undercurrent - our independent bookstore in Wellington is a bohemian underground haven of literature, art and music.

We run a cosy secondhand bookshop with $3 bottomless coffee during opening hours, but we also regularly run jazz nights, open mic nights, exhibition openings and other gigs with wine, coffee, tea and delicious homemade food available for purchase. Drop by and stay for a while!

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Upcoming Events

Note: Select RSVP on the home page to learn more, but once you are on the event description page you do NOT need to RSVP! Our events are door sales only OR ticketed through Eventfinda.
  • Songs of the Sea of The Undercurrent
    Songs of the Sea of The Undercurrent
    Thu, 20 Jun
    Wellington
    20 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    20 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Come on a journey ⚓️✨ The Undercurrent is proud to host ‘Ladybird’, a duo composed of Mary Livingston and Sue Chamberlain, for an evening of folk songs, poems and tales, with original close part harmonies and instrumentation, ‘Songs of the Sea’.
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  • Wooden Box Band
    Wooden Box Band
    Sat, 22 Jun
    Wellington
    22 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    22 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    “Wellington’s folk darlings”, The Wooden Box Band. Come enjoy a lively night of music at The Undercurrent. Arrive early to grab a seat & a delicious drink or snack. The six piece group have a number of recordings of original music under their collective belts and have been performing all over th
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  • Live Jazz at the Undercurrent
    Live Jazz at the Undercurrent
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 23 Jun
    Wellington
    23 Jun 2024, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    23 Jun 2024, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Get ready for another Sunday afternoon filled with jazz at this beloved weekly event at the Undercurrent!
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  • Bootleggers Banjo and Fiddle Society
    Bootleggers Banjo and Fiddle Society
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, 26 Jun
    Wellington
    26 Jun 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    26 Jun 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Oldtime is coming back to the Undercurrent! We'll be hosting a fortnightly jam on Wednesdays at 6pm. The jam session will feature the traditional Oldtime music of the Appalachian Mountain regions of America, typically with banjo, fiddle, guitar, double bass, spoons and flatfooting.
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  • Open Mic Night
    Open Mic Night
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, 27 Jun
    Wellington
    27 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    27 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Drop by the Undercurrent for the fortnightly Open Mic Night! Bring your voice or sit back and enjoy the talent.
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Past Events

  • 16 Jun 2024, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Get ready for another Sunday afternoon filled with jazz at this beloved weekly event at the Undercurrent!
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  • 13 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Drop by the Undercurrent for the fortnightly Open Mic Night! Bring your voice or sit back and enjoy the talent.
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  • 12 Jun 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Oldtime is coming back to the Undercurrent! We'll be hosting a fortnightly jam on Wednesdays at 6pm. The jam session will feature the traditional Oldtime music of the Appalachian Mountain regions of America, typically with banjo, fiddle, guitar, double bass, spoons and flatfooting.
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  • 08 Jun 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:40 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    The Kist present sensitive, authentic songs, channelling the human condition through music. Come for a drink, and a lovely concert.
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  • 27 May 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Seeking deeper connections and meaningful conversations? Come meditate, share, and connect with like-minded souls on your journey to self-discovery and community building. Hosted by Eli Freeman
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  • 25 May 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Experience the authentic sounds of the Appalachian Mountains with Cotton Daisy Backstep! From haunting ballads to shotgun-totin' moonshiners, the band captures the essence of old-time music with 3-part harmonies and driving rhythms.
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  • 11 May 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Experience the magic of Raven Mavens Quartette, a powerhouse all-female band led by Cindy Muggeridge. With soulful vocals, captivating instrumentals, and original tunes, they'll take you on a journey you won't forget!
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  • 27 Apr 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Join us for an unforgettable night with The Troubles! Get ready for engaging and eclectic program of original and newly arranged compositions, ranging from traditional blues, swing and ballads to works influenced by traditions of the Middle East, Mediterranean, Wales and South America.
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  • 19 Apr 2024, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Delve into the politics, events and personal experiences of local Wellington novelists that breathe life into their stories and shape them into compelling narratives!
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  • 18 Apr 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    This fortnightly event aims to create a sense of community by introducing people to meditation and creating a safe space to share their creative expression in a more intimate setting.
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  • 13 Apr 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Join us for a night of electrifying roots rock with Roadhouse! Based in Wellington, Roadhouse brings a fusion of rock, folk, blues, country, classic R&B, and rockabilly straight from the heart of the American music scene.
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  • 06 Apr 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Join us as we welcome local favorites, Girl out of Town, along with the incredible acoustic duo, Aimée and Tom, and Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo for a night filled with soulful tunes and rocking rhythms!
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  • 23 Mar 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Join The Muggingtons for an Americana journey filled with tight harmonies and timeless tunes, from old-time country duets to modern classics!
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  • 20 Mar 2024, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Join us for the launch of a new autofiction by award-winning novelist and historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg! Mid-century nostalgia and the ordinary lives of mum, dad, and the kids - modern suburbs, chrome, and sunshine - with a dark undertow.
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  • 09 Mar 2024, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Experience the captivating fusion of gypsy swing, tango, chanson, klezmer and Balkan tunes by Tandrom Trio! William Jackman opening.
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  • 25 Feb 2024, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Calling all poetry lovers! Join us this Sunday at Undercurrent for an unforgettable Poetry Slam event!
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  • 24 Feb 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Experience a journey through love, life and beyond with the Carter Parker Trio as they take to the stage on Saturday, 24 Feb. The trio also play covers of traditional 1920s Jazz and Blues, exploring themes of adventure, duty, easy riding and other important topics.
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  • 10 Feb 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo is a quirky, melodic, organic and colourful synth/pop/rock band based in Wellington. They have a retro sound layered in vocal harmonies, lush synths, over-driven guitars and riffing bass lines.
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Catalogue

Coming soon - watch this space!
Please visit the store for the full selection of available titles.
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Featured Art Exhibitions