This inviting new wine bar serving French inspired fare is luring us to K Road.

If you fancy an after work tipple accompanied by homemade sausage served by the quarter metre, or you’re looking for a sophisticated new spot to satiate your weekend cravings for a great glass of wine and something delicious to devour, we suggest you pay K Road’s newest wine bar a visit. Opening their doors for the first time this Friday, Apéro – the dream of Leslie Hottiaux (ex sous chef at The Grove and Baduzzi) and Ismo Koski (ex maître d’ of Sidart and Merediths) who met and fell in love while working at The Grove together – will be proffering an assortment of tasty dishes accompanied by an extensive beverage list with the couple hoping they might be able to introduce patrons to a series of new favourite dishes.

Aptly named after the short form of the French ‘aperitif’, Apéro provides a cultivated inner city watering hole where you can drop in for a glass of fine wine before a meal or install yourself a bit longer and take advantage of the competently curated cuisine on offer. Leslie, who has trained as a chef in France, will be solely running the kitchen, making everything from scratch, with only the bread from local boulangerie La Voie Francaise currently being outsourced. The homemade sausage is sure to be a crowd pleaser, you’ll also be spoilt for choice with terrine, crudités, burrata mozarella, roasted mushrooms, a charcuterie platter and more substantial orders comprising a fish or beef component amongst the fine fare included in the short, but comprehensive menu. And if it’s a nightcap with a little something sweet you’re after, servings of nougat and fresh-from-the-oven madeleines are on offer.

After four years in the pipeline, Leslie and Mo’s vision for their first venture was cemented after a recent jaunt to Melbourne, weighted with the hard task of abundant dining and drinking to soak up inspiration from the city famous for its prolific hospitality precincts. Elevating K Road’s sophisticated offerings and reinventing an old tattoo parlour situated adjacent to a karaoke bar, Apéro exudes an intimate, modern and refined ambience with a casual air. The characterful exposed brick walls are complemented by bespoke wooden furniture built by Leslie’s France-based father, resulting in a warm, comfortable setting that’ll have you wanting to settle in and sample all of the perfectly formed delicacies on offer.

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday – 4pm ’til late
Tuesday – closed
Friday – 12pm ’til late
Saturday – 4pm ’til late
Sunday – 2pm ’til 9pm.


280 Karangahape Road

(09) 373 4778



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