Amaro Montenegro, tamarillo, East Imperial gingerbeer, angostura, lime. Grilled chicken and duck liver parfait, smoked cherries, brioche.

Introducing Bar Magda’s new aperitivo hour — the perfect excuse for early-evening drinks

Collectively, we’re all about celebrating the early hours of the evening — those moments between the end of the work day and before we sit down for dinner. Paying homage to European customs, we’re firm advocates of aperitivo hour, and any bar or restaurant that offers such gets a tick of approval from the Denizen team.

So, it is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of Bar Magda’s very own aperitivo hour. Forming part of Carlo Buenaventura and Matt Venables’ vision since they first opened the doors to their Cross Street destination almost a year ago, the desirable addition has finally become a permanent reality this week.

Kilaw of tuna 80g, rhubarb, quince sinamak, malossol caviar. Coconut Campari, Cocchi amaro vermouth, soda, orange.

Aperitivo hour, Bar Magda style, sees the arrival of $12 aperitifs, $15 cocktail and wine specials, and a curated food menu of the locale’s most beloved dishes, all designed for vibing and imbibing under the guidance of Venables. From 5pm daily, the inimitable bar staff will serve their beloved Magdaritas (which have become something of a phenomenon among those in the know), alongside a spicy toasted coconut rendition and a welcome Grey Lynn gin Magdatini to match. Of course, the house Magda Pinot Noir, hailing from Nelson, will be on hand too — should that be your chosen persuasion.

From the kitchen, Bar Magda’s revered cuisine is apparent, featuring forever-menu favourites and new seasonal inspiration. Be it the lamb ribs “pyanggang”, green sambal (a beloved Filipino flavour), or parmesan custard with preserved pimiento, we think they pair perfectly with the chosen aperitifs and kick off the evening dining experience with excellence.

Kopke white port, kiwifruit, East Imperial yuzu tonic, fennel pollen. Lamb ribs “pyanggang”, soft herbs, green sambal.

With Bar Magda’s offering in mind, we predict the welcome return of aperitivo hour across the City in the coming weeks and months, indeed signalling that summer is in our sights. And of all the delightful gastronomic venues within reach, we couldn’t be happier that Bar Magda is starting the night off right.

Aperitivo hour:
Monday — Saturday, 5pm until 7pm.

25B Cross St,
Newton, Auckland


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