46 & York cocktail hour

When you're gasping for a drink, look no further than 46 & York's blackberry bramble.

When it’s Friday, we get thirsty. And recently, there’s been one watering-hole in particular whose delectable creations we’ve had lined up in our sights. Not only has 46 & York proven time and time again to be the place to let post-work play unfold, but with the good times rolling into the weekend too (their Sunday Sessions have acquired a devout following), the steadfast Parnell bar leaves us anything but high and dry.

In the interest of wetting one’s whistle, we recently struck the opportunity to try 46 & York’s house ‘Bramble’ featuring London Dry Gin, Chambord, freshly squeezed lemon and blackberries. The result is a rich yet delightfully tart drink that we could down at a dangerous pace. Neither too sweet nor overpowering, may we suggest you hot-foot your derriere to Parnell’s delicious drinking pastures tout de suite?

46 & York

46 Parnell Road
Parnell

(09) 377 9675

www.46andyork.co.nz

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When given pause to count the number of restaurants in Auckland serving up contemporary French cuisine in a manner neither stuffy nor derelict, you’d do well to exceed the digits on one hand. Suffice to say, there’s been a void in the gastronomic realm. Enter Paris Butter, Herne Bay’s new franco-inspired resident who will no doubt be drawing in the crowds with its menu of mouth-watering French fare.

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The fact that this newly minted eatery offers an excellent price point alongside a cleverly curated wine list brimming with 50% local and 50% French drops, we’re quite sure that the competition will be stiff when it comes to getting a table. Opening its doors today (Wednesday 11th May), we suggest you call and book to ensure your place. Bon appetit!

Opening hours: 
Closed: Monday & Tuesday
Lunch: Thursday to Sunday, 12-3pm
Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm till late

Paris Butter

166 Jervois Road
Herne Bay
Auckland

(09) 376 5597

www.parisbutter.co.nz

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Force Majeure
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