Perched 38 floors above the city, Auckland’s rooftop bar is elevated in every way

On the top floor of Wyndham Street’s Voco Hotel, the most understated, sweeping view of the city has been hiding — until now. Building on Auckland’s burgeoning roster of rooftop bars that all seem to be one-upping each other with grandeur, views, and how many flights of stairs it will take to arrive, Bar Albert is the newest and most elevated addition, that proudly carries the title of the highest in the country.

Left: Bar Albert interior. Right: Signature cocktails.

But it is not just height that matters; if anything, Bar Albert is proof that the best bar of this kind considers all elements of its offering, its focus firmly on what Auckland’s thirsty punters are really there for — a tempting list of cocktails and delectable snacks. The expansive outlook across the city is just a bonus.

Thirty-eight floors above Auckland, Bar Albert’s cocktail menu finds inspiration in the recognisable streets below. Expect to see cocktails like the Napier Street, the Chancery Street and the Market Place, or the signature Eden Crescent cocktail, featuring The Roots dry yin, yellow chartreuse, house-made pistachio & rosewater orgeat and a spray of rhubarb bitters, served in a coupe glass and garnished with dried rose petal. It truly is a delicious tipple.

Left: Strange Nature, Classic Martini. Right: Pumpkin & Goats Cheese Arancini with Watercress Pesto, Duck Fat Roasted Potato with Onion & Chive Dip.

As far as the food is concerned, the offering is uncomplicated but inherently divine. House-made arancini are served alongside crispy duck fat potatoes, with oysters and platters of charcuterie and cheese curated as the perfect snack to accompany a list of local hero wines.

And where interiors are considered, two words that come to mind are sophisticated and sleek. This new bar is the kind of space that feels more typical of somewhere like New York than the City of Sails. Although the crowd that awaits its opening speaks to our collective desire for venues of substance — something that bars like this are keenly aware of, seen in the quality of experience they offer.

Bar Albert courtyard.

In short, Bar Albert is upping the ante in more ways than one, and as such, is poised to become our next go-to spot, putting an elevated twist on after-work drinks or catch-ups with friends.

Opening hours:
Tuesday — Thursday, 4pm until midnight.
Friday — Saturday, 4pm until 1am.
Closed Sunday & Mondays.

Bar Albert

38th Floor, Voco Auckland City Centre
13 Wyndham Street
Auckland Central

www.baralbertauckland.com

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