Auckland drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Auckland

Madame George

Two patron saints of cool – Elvis Presley and Al Pacino – look down in this compact space along Karangahape Rd. Shoot the breeze with the friendly bar staff over a craft beer or Auckland's best cocktails, or grab a …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Auckland

Lovebucket

Lovebucket is a more sophisticated alternative to K Rd's often youthful after-dark vibe. Courtesy of shared ownership with the Hallertau Brewery in West Auckland, Lovebucket's craft-beer selection is one of Auckland…
Top Choice Bar in Auckland

Freida Margolis

Formerly a butchers – look for the Westlynn Organic Meats sign – this corner location is now a great little neighbourhood bar with the ambience of the backstreets of Bogota. Loyal locals sit outside with their well-…
Top Choice Brewery in Auckland

Galbraith’s Alehouse

Brewing real ales and lagers on site, this cosy English-style pub in a grand heritage building offers bliss on tap. There are always more craft beers from around NZ and the world on the guest taps, and the food's al…
Craft Beer in Auckland

Garage Project Cellar Door

Discover some of NZ's most innovative craft beers at the Auckland outpost of Wellington's Garage Project. Due to the cellar door's licence, beers are served in six-brew tasting trays ($20), and there's always 12 dif…
Craft Beer in Auckland

Brothers Beer

This beer bar combines quirky decor with 18 taps crammed with Brothers' own brews and guest beers from NZ and further afield. Hundreds more bottled beers await chilling in the fridges, and bar food includes pizza. T…
Microbrewery in Auckland

Dr Rudis

Viaduct Harbour's best views – usually including a bevy of visiting super-yachts – combine with Dr Rudi's very own craft beers and a menu featuring wood-fired pizza and excellent seafood and barbecue platters design…
Bar in Auckland

Hoppers Garden Bar

Gin and craft beers from around New Zealand partner with excellent street food-inspired bar snacks at the summery and relaxed Hoppers Garden Bar. Ponsonby locals crowd in, often with their canine pals, to enjoy zing…
Wine Bar in Auckland

Annabel's

A self-described 'neighbourhood bar', Annabel's would also be right at home in the backstreets of Bordeaux or Barcelona. Cheese and charcuterie platters combine with a Eurocentric wine list, while Spanish beers and …
Bar in Auckland

Satya Chai Lounge

Satya's South Indian restaurants are Auckland institutions, and their Karangahape Rd location has morphed into a raffish bar partnering craft beers – many from Wellington's iconic Garage Project brewery – with rusti…