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Where to Drink in Auckland

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22 Customs St E, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Nicknamed "the Shaky Isles" after Australians experienced many of the famous New Zealand earthquakes, the name stuck with this popular cafe in downtown Auckland. Tucked away next to the harbor, this unique cafe serves up some of the best coffee in...
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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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Shop 20 St Kevin Arcade 179/183 Karangahape Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
K Road (Karangahape Rd if you want to give it its full name) has a secret hideaway called St Kevins Arcade. And at the very back of that arcade is Alleluya. It's the epitome of K Road - quirky, intelligent, alternative, bohemian and...
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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...
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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...
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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 &...
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75-79 Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay, 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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272 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
No, Landreth & Co is not the name of a law firm although something tells me many a case has been discussed over these tables on a Saturday morning. It's a cafe that is perfectly positioned on Ponsonby Road surrounded by boutiques, designers and...
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10 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The juices and smoothies at this little cafe are incredible. If I’m up late drawing, these save me the next morning when all I need is something fresh and healthy. —Nat Cheshire 10 Federal St., 64/(0) 9-359-9113. This appeared in the...
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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...
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27 Drake St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Tom Tom has a big deck (this is only funny if you say it with a New Zealand accent). With a really relaxing ambiance, table service, views over Auckland's Victoria Park and live music, Tom Tom is a great place to end your weekend. You can even...
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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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85 Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Mission Bay Café happens to be in one of Auckland's prettiest suburbs, a bonus for locals and a nice treat for you. They're located on the main road just under the movie theatre so there's no reason why you couldn't watch the latest release...
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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,...
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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...
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49 Victoria Rd, Devonport, 0624, New Zealand
You may have to cross a harbour to taste it but oh boy, the coffee at Manuka will give you a shot. This café has been around for years and every time I'm in Devonport I make a point of getting coffee there, even if in a recyclable takeaway...
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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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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...
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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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146 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
K Road should only be explored on foot—in fact, that should be a local bylaw. If you're into the alternative scene you'll completely love it; if not you'll completely marvel at it. Whichever camp you fall into you'll need to take a break halfway...