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The Best Bars in New Zealand

You'll quickly find that your favorite daily task in New Zealand is meeting or catching up with new friends. The best places to do that? Over drinks at some of the country's bars, breweries, and other watering holes. Whether you enjoy craft beer, Japanese whiskey, mixed drinks, or a strong local red, there's a place for you in New Zealand. Many places, really. From bars in Auckland to hidden gems further afield, you're guaranteed a good time when friends and drinks are on your NZ itinerary.
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32A Somerset Street, Frankton, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Formerly Hamilton's Church of St. George, the high-ceilinged space at Good George Brewery and Dining Hall now attracts happy drinkersreading from the gospels of fine craft beer and excellent wood-fired pizza. On weekend afternoons local musicians...
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172 High Street, Christchurch, Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Following the 2011 earthquake that destroyed many of Christchurch's eating and drinking hot spots, local bar owners were forced to come up with innovative new openings amid the city's slow but steady rebuild. One such debut was Smash Palace, which...
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70 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
Despite a population of less than 5 million, New Zealand has one of the world's most diverse and interesting craft-beer scenes, and many of the country's successful brewers were originally inspired by Richard Emerson in the southern city of...
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Auckland, New Zealand
Slyly concealed at the back of the K'Rd Food Workshop—itself an interesting multi-vendor destination for traveling gourmands—Love Bucket is a hip drinking establishment amid the vintage-clothing stores, cheap ethnic restaurants, and late...
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1004 Leigh Rd, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
Surrounded by the rolling pastures of the Matakana region north of Auckland, the rustic ambience of this craft brewery belies the subtle sophistication of the food and drinks on offer. The attached Smoko Room restaurant turns out excellent shared...