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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....
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City Works Depot, 1/90 Wellesley St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
An offshoot of a popular cooking TV program of the same name, the relatively new Food Truck Garage in Auckland's CBD is a bit of a find. They say they serve "New Zealand's healthiest fast food," and who am I to argue? The truck from the program...
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10 Durham St E, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
There are now a few Renkons across Auckland, but the one I love is in Durham St East. There's nothing like ordering some chilli beef, sitting outside on a bench with a beer from MyBar next door, and waiting only minutes before your food arrives....
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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...
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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...
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518 Whitmore Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Tawharanui Peninsula 0986, New Zealand
About an hour north of Auckland, Matakana is an eclectic coastal town that attracts city slickers with its bohemian food, wine, and arts scene. With only four lodge rooms situated on a working vineyard near the entrance to the gorgeous Takatu...
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218 Te Whau Dr, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
Out of all the vineyards in Auckland this is one of my favourites. It's not just because of its stunning location and awe-inspiring views, and not just because of the amazing service and extensive, extensive wine collection, it's not just because...
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480 Matakana Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
Ascension is known as much for the gigs it puts on as it is for its wines. One of the first major vineyards you see as you head towards Matakana, it's hard to miss with its Italian-style architecture and sweeping rows of vines. It's easy to stop...
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118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Manukau 2022, New Zealand
Perhaps one of the country's most famous wine brands, Villa Maria wines are amongst the most awarded in New Zealand. In the last international competition they took away five Golds for five different varietals proving that there's more to Kiwi...
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19 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Unity is what all bookstores should be: a good collection of global newspapers by the door, a room stacked to the gills with curated books and magazines, and an extremely well-read staff. Three people is a crowd here; 30 is a very civilized riot....