These are Auckland’s best venues for private parties and events

Events season is on the horizon 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 Click here to book now

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. To find more and book now, click here

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. Click here to book now 

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. Click here to book now

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. Click here to book now

Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

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 canapés. Click here to book now

Orphans Kitchen

Orphans Kitchen

Orphans Kitchen

Orphans Kitchen

The dining room situated upstairs at Orphans Kitchen takes intimacy to new heights. Whether it’s a breakfast, lunch or dinner that you’re looking to host, the folks at Orphans will take the reigns and provide a wholesome, homely and comfortable event. Although the room is cosy and intimate, it can cater for up to 44 people and the warm ambience makes this space one of our favourites. Suitable for: Sit-down events or large, relaxed gatherings of up to 44 people. Click here to book now

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro

The Deck at Ostro is one of the upcoming season’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. Click here to book now

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. Click here to book now

Huami

Huami

Huami

Huami

Huami offers several different and equally appealing options for those wishing to dine in 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. Click here to book now

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. Click here to book now

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 Click here to book now

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. Click here to book now

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. Click here to book now

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. Click here to book now

Little Alice

Little Alice

Little Alice

Little Alice

Anyone who has dined at Saint Alice would be well-aware at how busy the restaurant can get. Fortunately, the rooftop eatery has expanded its space and is offering patrons a Little Alice experience. And while the menu is the same style as its older sister,  this room ensures more privacy, perfect for hosting exclusive events. Suitable for: Capacity of 20 — 60 people. Click here to book now

The Grange

The Grange

The Grange

The Grange

Whether you are seeking an exclusive dining area that exudes class or a casual yet discrete terrace spot, The Grange in Takapuna is the perfect place you. The restaurant is split into different sections to cater to different events, ranging from bespoke dinner parties, to corporate events to casual drinks and canapés in the courtyard. Suitable for: Dinner parties, after-work drinks and corporate functions. Click here to book now

Sid at The French Cafe

Sid at The French Cafe

Sid at The French Cafe

Sid at The French Cafe

If you’re a genuine gastronome and appreciate the culinary arts, take a seat in the private dining room at Sid at The French Cafe. The closed-off space and open kitchen give diners the opportunity to receive an incredibly intimate chef’s table experience. However, the area is also a favourite for larger events of 30 people as the wideset windows look out to the courtyard, along with a timeless and charming design. Suitable for: An intimate dinner for 12 or private functions of up to 30 people. Click here to book now

Sidart

Sidart

Sidart

Sidart

Three years ago, Sidart underwent renovations and expanded its space with a gorgeous, new marble bar and dining area, named the Alhambra Room — a nod to the predecessor that closed down in 2006. The Alhambra Room is peaceful, quaint and looks over at the Auckland skyline which illuminates during the evening. On Fridays, Sidart opens its doors from midday, making the Alhambra Room the perfect spot for a long luxurious lunch to kickstart the weekend. Suitable for: Private functions of up to 60 people. Click here to book now

Cassia

Cassia

Cassia

Cassia

Tucked away in Fort Lane, the restaurant itself is secluded as is but diners have the option to go even more lowkey with the two rooms on offer. The Holi is designed for patrons who appreciate an element of discretion while still soaking in the ambience of bustling fellow diners. Whereas the private dining room is an exclusive room for events and celebrations that ensures full privacy. Suitable for: Private celebrations and events of up to 24 people and group dinners of 10 to 14 people. Click here to book now

Williams Eatery

Williams Eatery

Williams Eatery

Williams Eatery

This all-day eatery in Wynyard Quarter has faced immense growth in the past year. What started as a cafe is now a successful dinner restaurant and has hosted many events such as birthday parties and corporate events. Williams Eatery makes for the perfect venue no matter the size of your event as the different sections can hold a sit-down feast for as many as 60 people and also events of up to 100 standing guests. Suitable for: Large functions or dinners, the entire restaurant holds 60 seated guests or 100 standing guests, big tables seat 10 guests and the booth seated tables seat 24 guests. Click here to book now

 

Mission by the Beach

Mission by the Beach

Mission by the Beach

Mission by the Beach

Located in the Stonehouse which has stood on the beach since the late 1800s, Mission by the Beach is no stranger to hosting a grand soiree. Whether it’s a big, casual BBQ, large feasting dinner with a big group of friends and family or a party of 350 people, this beachside venue is especially popular during the summer season. Suitable for: casual events, large dinner parties or functions. Click here to book now

Hēmi Eatery

Hēmi Eatery

Hēmi Eatery

Hēmi Eatery

The newly opened eatery in Freemans Bay doesn’t only serve fresh flavours but also boasts an incredibly fresh interior design. Architect Tom Rowe has paid attention to fine details in order for the space to exude a classy ambience, showcased through the Italian travertine stone that features throughout the eatery. Hēmi closes its doors from the afternoon and welcomes private bookings for parties and events in the evening, perfect for a soirée of approximately 50 people. Click here to book now