If there’s anyone who deserves a drink after the past week, it’s you. Support your local bartender and cheers to good times ahead at these top spots for a strong tipple. Just remember to record your visit via the Covid tracer app.
From the brains behind Pasture, the boundary-pushing Boxer is more than a bar — it’s an elevated drinks experience.
Always a top choice for an after-work tipple, this inner-city cocktail bar may be petite, but everything it does, it does to perfection. Try the new Milk Punch, a play on fruit punch that’s infused with fruit loops and clarified until crystal clear with milk.
Opulent but not ostentatious, Captain’s Bar at the Park Hyatt Auckland is the perfect place to while away the hours, rum cocktail in hand.
Sabrage Champagne Bar
Having newly reopened within Sofitel Auckland, Sabrage celebrates the re-emergence of the classic Champagne bar, with seasonal cocktails, a local wine list and enticing platters.
Mezcal and tequila lovers: Ghost Donkey is your spot. Boasting dozens of variations of the spirit, plus a moreish Mexican menu, this Commercial Bay bar is the scene of many a memorable night.
Parasol & Swing
A well-appointed balcony is a must when proximity to Viaduct Harbour is this premium, and Parasol & Swing does the view justice; as do its cocktail and food menus.
Pineapple on Parnell
Boasting a comprehensive cocktail list, and an intimate setting with a touch of eclectic character, this Parnell Road bar is ideal for a cosy drink with friends.
Rooftop at QT
Featuring an extensive cocktail menu, complemented by a sophisticated local wine list and Mediterranean-style tapas, this Viaduct Harbour bar is the place to be. Find outdoor lounge seating that allows revellers to take in the exquisite surrounds while sipping on expertly-poured libations.