Auckland's Best Bars
Collected by Guy Needham, AFAR Local Expert
Auckland's bars tend to be intimate affairs, luring you with their all-knowing staff and inviting décor. From specialist wine lofts to decadent dens, make sure you spread yourself around to sip at Auckland's best.
2 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Housebar at Hotel DeBrett is designed as if they know that every time I go there I'll be in a different mood. Feel like relaxing? Take the couch opposite the fire or perhaps one of the retro armchairs. A sneaky cocktail? Perch at the art deco bar...
27 Galway St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
On Friday nights the basement here is a haven from the madness swirling in the main bar above. I drink a Hendrick’s martini with an olive: dry and clean, not dirty. Stirred not shaken. James Bond can take his vodka shaker elsewhere....
210 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
I'm a regular at Ponsonby's Whiskey Bar and I'm not even a big scotch drinker. If I was though I wouldn't be disappointed - there are literally dozens to choose from and Phil the bar manager knows each of them personally. With rock 'n' roll hall...
27 Drake St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Galway Street & Commerce Street, Britomart, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Possibly the most refined drinking room in town, Xu Xu in Britomart makes you never want to leave. Large drapes, sunken sofas, taxidermy adorning the walls and drinks strong enough to start their own conversations, you'll say you're going there...
16-18/Lower Hobson Street and, Customs St W, Auckland, 1143, New Zealand
Once the domain of balding execs and their young blonde 'secretaries', the Viaduct has undergone a transition over recent years becoming more trendy, younger and dare I say it, funner. Soul is front and centre with its premium position, social...
455 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
The Gypsy Tearoom is one of the most chilled suburban bars I've come across. So good in fact that friends use it as a reference point for other bars. A true neighbourhood joint complete with 'distressed' décor, you'll often hear raucous...
167 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Lime is one of Auckland's smallest bars, but don't let that deceive you. Overflowing with character—and characters—this is where Ponsonby sings its heart out every night while downing cocktails and telling yarns. The place doesn't start humming...
1st floor, 67 Shortland Street, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
If the Wine Loft was a vintage it would be described as balanced, with a full fruity nose and hints of oak. When you make your way up the stairs and first glance the wine menu it is, at first, a little terrifying. Then the pleasure of new tastings...
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