Bars in Auckland

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Auckland bars may have muddled along in a generic kind of way in their early days, but they’ve since stepped up and developed individual character an... Read More

Auckland bars may have muddled along in a generic kind of way in their early days, but they’ve since stepped up and developed individual character and personality. Mixologists are working with their own house-made sodas and playing around with infused syrups, and wine lists are increasingly representing organic and biodynamic makers. The craft beer scene has never been more vibrant. While most Auckland bars and clubs offer a bit of all of the above, there has been a recent opening of specialty bars such as the single-spirit-focused Gin Room; Coley & Punch, which packs just that with a selection of more than 150 whiskies; and Rockefeller Champagne & Oyster bar, which fizzes with more than 45 varieties. As a contrast to these polished city nightlife options, there are quirky characters such as Peach Pit, where you can order a rice-wine Russian or Portuguese green wine alongside your baby octopus with fennel, kimchi and purple potato.

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  • Apero

    At Apero, you'll be instantly charmed by the service and wine knowledge of Ismo Koski (Mo for short) and food by his partner Leslie Hottiaux. In this... Read More

  • Brothers Beer

    The industrial-style location of City Works Depot suits this laid back beer bar. A micro version of its bigger brother in the suburb of Mt Eden, it... Read More

  • Conch

    Inspired by the botecos of Brazil, this Ponsonby treasure entices with its warm welcome and rustic booth seating. The sugar cane is hand pressed for... Read More

  • Golden Dawn

    Golden Dawn is much more than just a bar. It has one of the best wine lists in the city, with a wide selection of natural wines, crafted cocktails, and... Read More

  • Hotel DeBrett Housebar

    The Housebar is utterly seductive—decked out in rich wood detailing and teal blue, it's one of the city's best-looking bars. But it has more than just a... Read More

  • Mea Culpa

    One of the skinniest bars on Ponsonby Road, Mea Culpa gets packed quickly with locals coming to try the weekly rotating cocktails. Watch the mixologists... Read More

  • The Grove

    This bar is in the Grove, the 11-year-old multi-award winning restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews. As much care and detail goes into the bar... Read More

  • XuXu

    Cocktails and dumplings might not typically go hand in hand, but it works when they're both infused with flavors from the East and served in the leafy,... Read More

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