Nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in Matakana

Sawmill Brewery

Sawmill is recognised as one of the Auckland region's best craft breweries. Relax with a tasting rack of brews amid the rustic but hip decor, and order up a storm from the share-plates menu. It's all good, but we're…
Top Choice Pub in Puhoi

Puhoi Pub

There’s character and then some in this 1879 pub, with walls completely covered in old photos, animal heads and vintage household goods.
Pub in Leigh

Leigh Sawmill Cafe

This spunky little venue is a regular stop on the summer rock circuit, sometimes attracting surprisingly big names. The pizzas ($25) are thin and crunchy like they should be, and best enjoyed in the garden on a lazy…
Craft Beer in Orewa

Coast

Craft beer, cocktails and wine combine with good meals and bar snacks – try the barbecued-duck tacos – at this Orewa outpost of Auckland's Deep Creek Brewing. Settle in for ocean views from the upper deck, and look …
Wine Bar in Matakana

Vintry

In the Matakana Cinemas complex, this wine bar serves as a one-stop cellar door for all the local producers. Beers from local craft breweries are on tap, and the same owners operate a riverside bistro downstairs ser…
Craft Beer in Warkworth

Tahi Bar

Tucked down a quiet laneway, Tahi features nine ever-changing taps of New Zealand craft beer. It's an exceptionally friendly spot with decent platters and pub grub, and a rustic and sunny deck. Ask if any beers from…