Best bars in Auckland
Best bars in Auckland

Bankers, barmen, strippers and super heroes are just some of our spies on the ground all around the world. We're told these are the best bars in the world, and we'll be along for a drink soon to check them out. Feedback or any additions are always welcome.

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Get your slice of Spain right here. A delicious tapas menu and to go with it is their super selection of Spanish cava, sherrys and beers.

91 Federal Street, Auckland, 1010

Squeeze into this hotspot and if the table outside is taken then grab a seat at the bar. It’s a rustic spot that serves up some delicious wine and tapas to get stuck into.

242 Ponsonby Road  Ponsonby 1011, New Zealand
Brew on Quay

With over 100 beers to try it leaves a lot for you to come back for! Head upstairs to the open air terrace to catch some rays.

102 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Britomart Country Club

Complete with golf course and all! They do great pizzas, the cocktails are creative and it’s the perfect spot to meet your mates.

Nike Britomart  Auckland 1010, New Zealand

This place is a one stop shop for everything. Check out their delicious cocktails and order in the pizzas. Grab a seat outside if the sun’s out!

147 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Coco's Cantina

Rustic Italian food and some of the best steaks in town. Great cocktails with Sangria by summer and mulled wine by winter.

376 Karangahape Road  Newton 1010, New Zealand

This is where we hit if we want to get our oyster fix! Tuck in and enjoy some wine with them.

86 Federal Street, Auckland
Dida’s Wine Bar

One of the hot spots to enjoy a great glass of wine from their amazing selection and team it with some tapas to share.

54 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland
Golden Dawn

Great DJs so pick a night and get your dancing shoes on, the list of beers (local and imported) as well as their own is endless so get stuck in! Just look out for the green door!

Located at the Crossroads of Ponsonby and Richmond Road.
Gypsy Tea Room

Nestled away this is the perfect place to chill in after work or get sauced up for a night out. Get stuck into the wine list or hit the cocktails.

455 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Fresh new cocktail bar on the Ponsonby strip. It’s always buzzing in here and the cocktails are some of the best around.


152b Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
La Zeppa

With a large space, open kitchen and continuously good DJs it’s a great spot to hit for the cocktails, tapas and with its NY warehouse vibe there’s space for lots of mates!

33 Drake Street  Freemans Bay 1010, New Zealand
Mea Culpa

The kind of place you wish was just around the corner from your house! Locals spot, tucked away with amazing cocktails…

175 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, 1010

This place is fun and chilled out. There’s an outdoor courtyard, a well-stocked bar and menus scribbled on chalk boards on the walls.

549 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Neighbourhood in Kingsland

The large outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to chill with your mates. The vibe is cool and the food is more than tempting. 

498 New North Road, Auckland
Racket Bar

A venue that once housed violent female inmates (brap!) now supplies Aucklanders with the best range of rum around. Follow the fairy lights and the live house tunes and you’ll find yourself in the slightly grungy, but ever so welcoming Racket Bar.

If you’re unsure of what to drink, or slightly afraid that the behavioral results outlined after each cocktail may be true, let one of the friendly rum-passionate bartenders decide for you. Get sipping on your Parol Officer (white rum, Xanté, lime and cardamom), become hypnotised by their visual DJ, look forward to your very own Lionel Richie moment at their Wednesday night sculpting event, or tuck into their Southern American style bar stacks supplied from next door (who knew corn bread could be so appetising). With over 85 premium rums on offer as well as an interesting selection of bottled lager (NZ and international) this place has boozing locked down.

There’s something about Racket that brings the business folk, the cool kids and everyone else in-between together.

Roukai Lane, 50 Customs Street East, Auckland, 1010
Sale Street

Combining a micro-brewery, live music venue, bar and bistro, an outside terrace and no doubt more. Check what’s on and enjoy the beer!

7 Sale Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Soul Bar

With a beautiful harbour setting, this is the place for weekend brunch or a long lunch. The seafood here will never disappoint.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

One of the best spots for people watching is right here on the outside tables. Look cool, order in the drinks, talk-the-talk and you’ll fit in just fine!

150 Ponsonby Road,  Ponsonby 1011, New Zealand
The Longroom

A great space filled with a cool looking crowd, they have DJs from mid-week to the weekend and a courtyard to hang. Get carafes to share or just stick to the beers.

114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Tyler Street Garage

Once an old parking garage, now a wicked hangout complete with a roof terrace and awesome views. Get stuck in to gourmet hotdogs, beer on tap and delicious cocktails.

120 Quay Street  Auckland, 1010, New Zealand