Sunset Bar
Soul Bar & Bistro
Bar Non Solo
Rooftop At QT
Parasol & Swing Company

The best convivial cocktail spots for summer sipping in the city

Now that we’re in the midst of summer and the good times are rolling, it’s time to let your hair down with friends. From sun-soaked rooftop bars to lively gastropubs, quaint wine bars and more, Auckland has more than its fair share of impeccable watering holes to park up at for a drink and a bite.

Here, we’ve rounded up the best convivial cocktail spots to frequent this summer and beyond. Salute!

Left: SkyBar. Right: Sunset Bar

SkyBar

Set on the 50th floor of Auckland’s most iconic landmark, SkyBar takes after-work drinks to a whole new level. A luxurious hideaway promising an exceptional culinary offering, inventive cocktails and a multi-sensory experience.

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.

Sunset Bar

Sunset is a sleek, elegant space nestled on the top floor of the Sudima Hotel taking happy hour to new heights. Here, satiating drinks and tasty food collide in a sumptuous setting — the perfect place to park up for an after-work drink or a weekend jaunt.

Saint Alice

Annabel’s

Set in the midst of Ponsonby’s Three Lamps, Annabel’s wine bar is an elegant osteria-esque address where you can while away an afternoon at one of the street-side tables or perch in the cosy atmosphere indoors enjoying a delightful glass and snack.

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. 

Saint Alice

With views across Viaduct Harbour, Saint Alice’s elevated position is the ideal spot to watch the world go by with a drink in hand and some tasty food on the table.

Left: Hotel Ponsonby. Right: Soul Bar & Bistro

Caretaker

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.

Hotel Ponsonby

With the spirit of gastropubs in Sydney and London, Hotel Ponsonby is a go-to meeting place where friends, families, groups and couples come together over a drink amidst a convivial, relaxed atmosphere. 

Soul Bar & Bistro

There is simply no better place in the city to enjoy a long lunch or convivial night with friends than Soul Bar & Bistro. A spot that never fails to deliver on vibes, lively libations and delectable fare.

Beau

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. 

Captain’s Bar

Captain’s Bar

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. 

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. 

Bivacco

Little Culprit

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.

Bivacco

As much a place for long, indulgent lunches of flavourful Italian fare as it is for a late-afternoon drink, Viaduct Harbour favourite Bivacco is one of the city’s most atmospheric spots.

Somm Cellar Door and Bar

For wine and food lovers alike, paradise is found at Princes Wharf’s Somm, which offers a stellar lineup of iconic wines and a food menu that is sure to delight.

Faraday’s Bar

Worked up an appetite or a thirst while perusing Faradays’ stunning retail space? The store’s in-house bar is just the thing for it, with an extensive Champagne list and ever-changing, seasonal menu to refill your cup after a day on your feet.

The Terrace

With all the makings of the perfect spot for an easy drink or a bite with friends, The Terrace is an intimate, exquisitely-appointed new oyster bar and restaurant opened in the space alongside Viaduct Harbour’s Oyster & Chop.

Gastronomy

Taking over a coveted spot in Parnell, meet Rhu — the elevated new all-day eatery from an ex-Pasture chef
Raise a glass to rosé as Soul Bar & Bistro launches a month-long celebration of this delicious drop
Ahi is raising the bar with the introduction of its new, alcohol-free wild sodas