The Best Private Function Venues of 2017

The end of the year is almost here and with it comes an excuse to celebrate. Check out our guide to the best of this year’s private venues for hire.

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Azabu

Azabu

Azabu

Azabu

Azabu offers the benefits of two spaces; the Roji Bar – Azabu’s stealthy saké and cocktail bar hidden away out back, accessed via Maidstone Lane – and the restaurant itself. Combining Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei flavours with more Tokyo-style dishes, Azabu offers a lively yet intimate atmosphere like no other.

Suitable for: The Roji Bar accommodates 60 people standing and up to 25 seated. Azabu restaurant allows for 120 guests standing or 70 seated.

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Beirut

Beirut

Beirut

Beirut

A modern take on Middle Eastern flavours together with expertly crafted drinks guarantees a crowd-pleasing experience at this downtown restaurant. Lest we forget the striking brass bar greeting guests in the foyer. Why not start your event with cocktails followed by a banquet in the award winning Nat Cheshire-designed space? For larger functions, the entire restaurant can be booked out.

Suitable for: Up to 80 guests and complete venue hire.

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James

James

James

James

A recipient from last year’s NZIA awards, James is housed in a former 1920s mill elegantly converted by Tom Rowe in association with Noel Lane Architects. One of the only spaces in Auckland truly dedicated to private dining, its high ceilings, sheer drapes and chandeliers create the ideal canvas for your bespoke event. Entertainment choices are welcome, with the option to make use of the resident grand piano. Award-winning caterers Mint Kitchen provide a wide range of menus from canapés and fork food to plated dinners and late suppers. Complimentary parking is available in evenings.

Suitable for: up to 35 seated for lunch, 70 for dinner and up to 130 for a cocktail and canapé event.

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The French Cafe

The French Cafe

The French Cafe

The French Cafe

A celebrated addition to their laudable establishment, The French Kitchen located behind the main restaurant is complete with its own cooking area, where guests can be catered to privately. Suitable for bespoke soirées, the space opens out onto a charming courtyard, where drinks and canapés can be enjoyed. Extending The French Café’s private dining offerings further is ‘Our Cellar’, a sumptuously appointed room suiting small to medium groups.

Suitable for: A minimum of 12 people up to 30 people seated. ‘Our Cellar’ is suitable for up to 12 seated.

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Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Jervois Steak House

Known as ‘the steakhouse to end all arguments’, this Jervois Road outpost has its own private dining room suitable for up to 12 people, with the option to book the entire upstairs area for larger celebratory occasions. Its famous menu and cosy environment, complete with rustic brick walls, ensures guests will settle in and feel right at home in this fine steak establishment.

Suitable for: The private dining room is suitable for up to 12 guests, and up to 50 guests seated upstairs.

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The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

Re-launched with much fanfare in conjunction with The NZ Rose Co, The Deck at Ostro is one of summer’s most promising event spaces. Offering a range of menu options from the kitchen, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett, the frozé is flowing and good times await.

Suitable for: Private hire of the deck is for parties of 20 or more.

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The Blue Breeze Inn

The Blue Breeze Inn

The Blue Breeze Inn

The Blue Breeze Inn

Our favourite modern Chinese eatery boasts a magnificent private circular velvet booth. There’s something about sitting down at a round table that encourages long lunches and even more elaborate evening meals. It’s an ideal option for anyone who would like to stage an intimate gathering but doesn’t wish to miss out on the vibe of the main restaurant.

Suitable for: Up to 10 people.

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Fukuko

Fukuko

Fukuko

Fukuko

Tucked away on Tyler Street, Fukuko is the local bar for those in the know. Here you can experience the Ebisu menu with an intimate private dining event for up to 24 people, or simply enjoy private hire of the bar; with an emphasis on great drinks, the cocktail menu provides countless inventive libations. Also on offer is a large range of sake and Japanese whisky which can all be accompanied with a delectable selection of small shared plates from the kitchen in an east meets west style.

Suitable for: Up to 35 guests.

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Cassia

Cassia

Cassia

Cassia

A beautiful venue to accommodate a variety of private events, Cassia offers both semi-private and exclusively private dining options. Their all white, private dining room offers a sublimely intimate experience while their Holi Room (pictured) is perfect for medium sized groups who still want to enjoy the atmosphere of the main area. With the ability to accommodate small or medium groups, the spaces provide the perfect backdrops to enjoying some of Auckland’s most sought after cuisine with friends.

Suitable for: The private room can accommodate up to 24 guests, while the Holi Room is suitable for between 10-14 guests.

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MooChowChow

MooChowChow

MooChowChow

MooChowChow

If you’re willing to brave the steep stairs of this converted Ponsonby Road villa, you’ll be rewarded with an ambient oasis. The elegant, private room comfortably accommodates groups and the team will happily tailor their menu to suit, or effortlessly provide a smorgasbord of their most popular, flavoursome, Thai dishes.

Suitable for: 10-25 guests

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Soul

Soul

Soul

Soul

Since the Viaduct eatery’s recent renovation, bigger parties can now enjoy the space privately by closing the bi-fold doors to what is usually the cocktail lounge. It’s perfect for seated parties who can indulge in Soul’s fine cuisine via a set menu. Larger parties, on the other hand, can use the same space while also spilling out onto the famous deck for standing events.

Suitable for: 20-30 guests (with a maximum of 26 around one table) if using just the cocktail area, otherwise up to 120 guests standing for cocktails and canapes.

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Coley & Punch

Coley & Punch

Coley & Punch

Coley & Punch

With a sophisticated interior featuring dark wood, leather and brick, innovative whiskey decanter lighting and a cocktail list that reads like a novel – Coley & Punch has something for everyone. Boasting a 300-strong selection of the best whiskey, single malt and scotch from around the world, this sumptuous venue can provide a private area or be hired out entirely for your special events.

Suitable for: Up to 65 guests

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The Matisse Room

The Matisse Room

The Matisse Room

The Matisse Room

Level 5 of Seafarers Members’ Club has been reinvented with the addition of a gorgeous Arclinea kitchen. Perfect for medium sized parties, the concept of hiring the space involves plucking a chef of your choice from any of the group’s eateries (Ebisu, Ostro etc.) to cook for you.

Suitable for: 10-40 guests

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The Culpeper

The Culpeper

The Culpeper

The Culpeper

The Culpeper is a vibrant restaurant that exudes a breezy, inviting atmosphere and is perfect for any kind of event. The sweeping verandah and seaside spot make this venue ideal for a relaxed bite (their smoked meat boards and Cubano sandwiches are renowned) and delicious drink, with excellent craft beer and a comprehensive list of cocktails. This is where you want to be for a good old sun-downer.

Suitable for: The outside verandah area fits up to 120 guests standing, the main dining area accommodates up to 80 guests seated, and the entire venue can be hired exclusively for cocktail events of up to 300 guests.

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Oaken

Oaken

Oaken

Oaken

Boasting a serene interior at a prime location, the experienced team at Oaken in Britomart is ready to create your bespoke occasion. The Chef’s Table provides an insight into the workings of a world-class kitchen and gives a chance to be up close and personal with Oaken’s Head Chef for an unforgettable, first-hand dining experience. Ideally suited to smaller groups, this is a great opportunity for an intimate occasion with close friends.

Suitable for: Up to 8 guests seated at the Chef’s Table.

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Woodpecker Hill

Woodpecker Hill

Woodpecker Hill

Woodpecker Hill

A sumptuous space that sings of the masculine woodiness of its barbecue-inspired offerings, this Parnell stalwart is a firm favourite for great gatherings and mouth-watering fare. The sensuous den, reminiscent of a lumberjack’s log cabin features a raised checkered, upholstered booth so that you and your entourage may eat, drink and be merry in seclusion without missing out on the lively atmosphere.

Suitable for: Up to 16 guests

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Gerome

Gerome

Gerome

Gerome

The beautifully considered interior of this Parnell restaurant exudes luxury and understated elegance. Shades of blue and grey executed in sumptuous fabric, give Gerome a gravitas that lends itself perfectly to private, special occasions. Boasting delicious Greek fare and an eye-catching bar, serving our favourite beverages, this inviting, contemporary venue can accommodate small to medium groups in its intimate private dining room and can easily host larger groups with its flexible, upstairs spaces.

Suitable for: Up to 20 guests can be seated around the table in Gerome’s private dining room, while the upstairs spaces can be joined to accommodate larger groups with over 100 guests.

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L'affare Melrose

L'affare Melrose

L'affare Melrose

L'affare Melrose

L’affare Melrose is the Auckland flagship roastery, café and HQ for coffee pioneers L’affare. Exposed steel trusses, old Copenhagen street lights and a black steel staircase lend an industrial feel, warmed by brass accents, dark wood and deep green leather. This versatile space can be transformed to create a grand corporate event or something more intimate. Head Chef, Luke Adams, creates slick, modern food based around seasonal, local produce and menus can be tailored to suit any occasion and budget.

Suitable for: L’affare Melrose can accommodate events for up to 90 people.

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Ebisu

Ebisu

Ebisu

Ebisu

Known for its great atmosphere, this downtown Japanese eatery cannot be beaten. Offering a masterful balance of stylish dining and exceptional classic and new-style Japanese fusion fare. Catering to larger groups, or smaller elegant engagements, Ebisu also serves punchy Asian-inspired cocktails and canapés.

Suitable for: Up to 80 people for drinks and canapés in the waterside courtyard or up to 120 people max for exclusive bookings of the entire restaurant.

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Cibo

Cibo

Cibo

Cibo

Cibo is renowned for its outstanding service, expertly crafted dishes and elegant interiors, positioning it beautifully as a go-to for any kind of bespoke affair. The exceptional staff at this Parnell restaurant are ready to tailor the venue’s private spaces for a variety of events.

Suitable for: From intimate dinners to large parties and anything in between, Cibo can accommodate small groups of 8 to a maximum of 160 guests.

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MR TOMS

MR TOMS

MR TOMS

MR TOMS

For an event that provides an intimate dining experience at one of Ponsonby’s most social establishments, look no further than Mr Toms. Its relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place to catch up and indulge in some tasty food (perfect for sharing) and delicious drinks from their well-stocked bar. Whatever the occasion, the staff at Mr Toms are ready to take away the hassle and make your private function a very memorable one.

Suitable for: Up to 40 guests seated in the downstairs restaurant area and up to 80 guests seated and standing in the bar area.

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Saan

Saan

Saan

Saan

One of Auckland’s most celebrated restaurants has a unique and beautiful private dining room, available for groups of up to 20 people. Choose from a range of banquet menus that present the very best of Northern Thai cuisine and match with an outstanding cocktail (or two) from their award winning bar team, and your dinner party will no doubt be the talk of your guests all year long.

Suitable for: The private dining room accommodates up to 20 guests.

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