Auckland’s best venues for private parties

The end of the year is almost here and with it comes a panoply of reasons to celebrate. Venues across the city are filling up faster than you can say “party time” which is why we suggest you lock in one of the following spots sooner rather than later.

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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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Villa Maria

Villa Maria

Villa Maria

Villa Maria

With multiple spaces available within their beautiful Auckland winery, Villa Maria has the capacity to facilitate events small or large, with venues ranging from their Barrel Hall to their Boardroom, their Cellar Door and much more. Serviced by their adept kitchen and award-winning wines, the team’s expertise in hosting is second to none.

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The Glassworks

The Glassworks

The Glassworks

The Glassworks

Originally the home of Sunbeam Glass Studio, this beautiful, historic space is one of Ponsonby’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away behind Deadly Ponies’ Mackelvie Street boutique, Glassworks is a sophisticated venue with a newly developed courtyard that is perfect for highly considered events and exhibitions.

Suitable for: the main indoor space comfortably seats 80 people with a maximum capacity of 150 people standing.

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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, both indoor and out, 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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Gusto at The Grand

Gusto at The Grand

Gusto at The Grand

Gusto at The Grand

Gusto’s private dining room is an opulent continuation of the restaurant’s upmarket Italian atmosphere, accommodating up to 30 guests with AV equipment on hand if required. Here you can enjoy the celebrated Italian fare with a set menu tailored to your requirements. This might be an extravagant breakfast menu, an express menu for lunch or early evening, or one of the various ‘Italian Feast’ options on offer.

Suitable for: up to 30 guests seated.

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Soul

Soul

Soul

Soul

A long-time go-to for corporate lunches and long-overdue catchups alike, bigger parties can now enjoy a ‘private’ piece of Soul by closing the bi-fold doors to what is usually the cocktail lounge. It’s perfect for seated parties who can indulge in Executive Chef Gavin Doyle’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 and bar area for standing events.

Suitable for: up to 30 guests seated (with a maximum of 26 around one table or three tables of 10) otherwise up to 60 guests standing for cocktails and canapes.

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Teddy's

Teddy's

Teddy's

Teddy's

Downstairs at this famed Ponsonby Road villa, the whole venue can either be hired out for up to 100 people standing, or the conservatory transformed into a beautiful setting for 30 people seated. Meanwhile, upstairs, you’ll be rewarded with Teddys’ elegant, private room which comfortably accommodates groups of up to 26 people seated or 35 standing for cocktails and canapes. The team will happily tailor their menu to suit, or effortlessly provide a smorgasbord of their most popular sharing dishes.

Suitable for: 20-100 guests

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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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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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Huami

Huami

Huami

Huami

Huami offering several different and equally appealing options for those wishing to dine in ambient privacy.  The Chinese restaurant, which boasts traditional cuisine with a modern twist, has three elegant private dining rooms. Rooms one and two seat 12 guests each and are adjoining, but can be divided. Room three caters up to six guests.

Suitable for: 6 to 12 guests seated.

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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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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 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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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 two private dining rooms, one upstairs and the other downstairs. Its famous menu and cosy environment, complete with rustic brick walls, ensure guests will settle in and feel right at home in this fine steak establishment.

Suitable for: 12 guests seated upstairs and 16 guests seated downstairs.

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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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The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club

It doesn’t get much more impressive than The Sugar Club’s eminent harbour views (what are indisputably the best in Auckland). With new Executive Chef Josh Barlow at the helm, overseeing the crafting of beautiful, seasonal menus to suit each party, there’s no way guests will walk away from a night here unimpressed. In fact, we’re quite sure they’ll find it difficult to forget.

Suitable for: up to 12 guests seated. (Larger parties are asked to inquire.)

Call (09) 363 6365 to book now

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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