Auckland, City of Ales
Collected by Guy Needham, AFAR Local Expert
Whether you like your beer with pizza, seafood, or a DJ, Auckland offers everything from Belgian ales to bitter porters.
147 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
I'm a Chapel Sunday Session aficionado, I have to confess (get it?). As the sun sets and the shadows get longer, I befriend the DJ, requesting another song that he played only an hour ago, while lining up shots to celebrate, well, to celebrate...
5 Saleyards Rd, Puhoi 0951, New Zealand
The Puhoi Pub, 30mins north of Auckland in the small village of Puhoi is loved by locals and Aucklanders alike. Sipping beers outside under a sun umbrella listening to live music, you can see why. One of Auckland's few historic pubs, the inside is...
1171 Coatesville-Riverhead Hwy, Riverhead, Auckland 0892, New Zealand
Every time I visit Hallertau I go for the easy option: the beer tasting paddle of beers they brew on site. Like our islands, they name their beers simply (#1, #2, #3.... etc) but they taste anything but plain. With a restaurant and shop to boot,...
31 Galway St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Britomart Country Club (BCC to those in the know) started off as a pop-up bar but has become anything but. Full every Friday night with the collars, ties and skirts from the surrounding offices, this is one urban pub. Yes it serves food, but...
498 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Neighbourhood, in Kingsland, is the place to go after every All Blacks game at Eden Park. Packed to the gunnels with celebratory—or commiserate—rounds of beer, this pub attracts a fair share of Kingsland's fairer sex as well as your...
Riverhead, New Zealand
The Riverhead restaurant, steeped in local history, was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand. Prior to being built here, the pub was parked just below where early Maori used this landing point as the place to disembark & cross land...
21 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
The latest pub to land in Takapuna instantly made a splash with its comfy couches, three bar areas, and impressive drinks list. Not your common pub per se, The Commons is the North Shore's answer to the urban pubs that have opened on the city side...
2 Mount Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
At the very top of Mt Eden is Galbraiths Ale House, a "shrine to beer," as one magazine called it. They brew their own beers here—the appropriately named Antipodean, a Porter, a Bitter and for those who've had a hard day, the Bitter &...
75, 79 Tamaki Dr, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
The "local" of Mission Bay's locals is De Fontein. With over 100 Belgian beers, these guys drink their heritage and will willingly list off their personal Top 5. Once you've got the beer you want, you need to add a pot of mussels—which De...
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