Now the good times are rolling, it’s time to let your hair down with friends. From suave speakeasies to polished pourers, here is our round-up of the best convivial cocktail spots to buy a round. Our shout.
Bar Non Solo
Bringing the spirit of Parnell’s stylish Non Solo Pizza to Britomart’s glittering nightlife, newcomer Bar Non Solo is a convivial and sophisticated space for a catch-up.
Renewing the trend for Ponsonby’s Three Lamps, Annabel’s wine bar is an elegant osteria-esque address, whether you talk to nearby tables or have a tête-à-tête at yours.
With its cosy, neighbourhood feel, well-chosen wine list and friendly team, Three Lamps wine bar Beau is a charming spot to wander to for an easy nightcap.
While it might be modelled off a ship’s bar, and specialises in sips with seaworthy rum, Captain’s is a masterful waterfront stop that meets the Park Hyatt’s polished standards.
It may have a dimly lit ambience, but a drink order at Caretaker is sure to enlighten. Trust the bartenders at the classic underground Britomart spot, and you’ll find a new favourite.
A little brother to Caretaker, Deadshot is discovered behind a deceptively old wooden door on Ponsonby Road. Sneak into a cosy booth seat and enjoy the game-changing cocktail menu.
In the image of its successful New York outpost, mezcal and tequila bar Ghost Donkey serves los cócteles under twinkling lights in Commercial Bay.
While it may have opened literally in the shadow of its namesake restaurant, Little Culprit stands out as a chic yet casual inner-city cocktail bar and wine lounge.
Parasol & Swing Company
Take in the sea air from Parasol & Swing’s breezy balcony, set up above the Viaduct Harbour. Both original and classic cocktails are expertly mixed by award-winning staff.
Pineapple on Parnell
Found by its golden door knocker, Pineapple is an inconspicuous bar with old-world charm. Enjoy old school classics and contemporary cocktails to the tune of a piano performance.
Rooftop at QT
With panoramic views across the harbour and an extensive cocktail menu, the Rooftop at QT Auckland is a prepossessing place for a nightcap above the city lights.