About Muddy Waters Irish Pub

36 Riverbank Road
Mercer • New Zealand
09-233 6663

Muddy Waters Irish Pub and Restaurant

The Muddy Waters Irish Pub has a long history of looking after locals and weary travels alike.


The special blend of Muddy’s hospitality and top-notch meals will have you coming back for more.


Conveniently located at Riverbank Road, Mercer, with easy access to the SH1 off and on ramps, Muddys is the perfect place to stop to refuel and relax. The large wrap around deck leading to a grassed garden area makes for a relaxing stop for families, with plenty of safe space for the kids to let off some steam after a long car ride.


If you’re traveling with your four-legged friends, make sure to bring their leads and let them out for a stretch too. Muddy’s outdoor seating area is perfect for all dogs both big and small, so long as they are remember their manners they are welcome here.




Hungry yet?

Curly Fries, Chilli Fries, French Fries or Seasoned Wedges smothered in melted cheese and a dollop of sour cream, because it’s not just the Irish whom enjoy some deep fried potato right? And if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, then perhaps a pizza is more your style? Or the legendary “Muddy’s Special Double Burger”!  Still not convinced?



Then perhaps you’d like to try the Salmon Skillet or one of the mouth-watering Steaks cooked to perfection? If you haven’t guessed by now, the Muddy Waters Restaurant menu is extensive and even the kid’s menu is carefully crafted by our chef.




Muddys is the local’s choice

Come shoot some pool or shoot the breeze with a cold pint in hand or treat the family to a delicious dinner in the restaurant. If you’re feeling lucky then you might like a punt on the ponies with the TAB in the Sports Bar or drop a couple of coins in the Gaming Machines. No matter the reason for your visit, you will always feel welcome at Muddys.


Thursdays are Quiz Nights at Muddys, gather your team and make sure to book your spot early, it is free, but space is limited. Teams can be made up with 2 - 8 people and there are always great prizes up for grabs.


Are you a Mud Club Member? Mud Club is the perfect chance to catch up with mates and unwind after a hard week at the grindstone. Friday’s from 6pm is a special time for Mud Club Members, ask the bar staff about Special Members pricing and the weekly bar tab draw.


Don't forget Muddy's Van is here for your convenience, simply give us a call to book your pickup and we will make sure you get home safely too!


To book simple call us on (09) 233 6663.




“There are no strangers here, only friends that have not yet met." - Irish Poet, William Butler Yeats


Welcome to Mercer

Mercer is a village in the Waikato District Council area of the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is 70 km north of Hamilton and 58 km south of Auckland, on the east bank of the Waikato River, 2 km south of its confluence with  the Mangatawhiri River.


Muddy Waters Irish Pub and Restaurant in Mercer continues to cater to people travelling between Hamilton and Auckland, like the railway station  refreshment room here once did.




The first attack in the invasion of the Waikato took place on 17 July 1863, when about 15 Maori defenders were killed at Koheroa (a kilometre north). The village was named after a Captain killed at  angiriri in November 1863.


The navy river gun-boat Pioneer was wrecked on the Manukau bar in 1866 and one of  the gun turrets forms part of the war memorial. The North Island Main Trunk  ailway opened to  Mercer on 20 May 1875.


A crash in 1940 killed the driver and fireman. Until 1958 many trains stopped  for refreshments.  The station closed in 1986. The beached hulls of  teamers operated until 1976  by Caesar Roose can be seen on the west bank of the river just south of Mercer. W. Stevenson & Sons Ltd bought the remains of the Roose sand dredging business in  he mid 1980s and, after dredging ended in 1997, redeveloped 2.5 ha (6.2 acres) of its  yard with a petrol station and a food court.


Mercer Bridge

In 1965 Roose offered $100,000 towards the  $343,000 bridge to replace the Mercer ferry. The 480 ft (150 m) long single span concrete Caesar  Roose Bridge was opened on 18 November 1972  by Roose’s daughter, Jeanette Thomas, with the  Minister of Works, Percy Allen.