The 10 Best Bars in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Cocktails
Auckland Cocktails | © star5112 / Flickr
Joe Coates

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city. It’s constantly busy and bustling, and if you’re visiting there are plenty of things to do. Take a look at our list of the 10 best bars in Auckland where you can wind down after a long day in the city.

1. Fukuko

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Japanese

Japanese Cold One
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The simple seating arrangement and smooth, uncomplicated colour scheme at Fukuko adds to the casual and relaxed atmosphere that you can delight in while enjoying some of the original Japanese inspired cocktails, as well as authentic Japanese whiskys, wines and sakes. You can accompany your brilliant cocktails with some of the delicious Japanese bar snacks. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more filling, Fukuko also offers classic Mexican tacos with a Japanese twist, as well as traditional Japanese rice and noodle bowls.

2. The Conservatory

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, European

Places to admire Auckland’s gorgeous harbour are unfortunately few and far between, but thankfully The Conservatory provides a space where you can enjoy views of the sea, all while tasting one of their masterfully created cocktails. Regardless of whether it’s a beautiful summer day, or if it’s a bit chilly, The Conservatory is always a great venue thanks to the sleek and modern fireplace that is sure to keep you warm while you enjoy the fantastic drinks.

3. Gypsy Tea Room

Bar, Tea Room, European, Pub Grub

Gypsy Cocktails
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Find a more ambient and soothing place to have a drink in Auckland and you’ll be doing very well. With its fairy-lights, relaxed music and just ultimately cosy vibes, The Gypsy Tea Room is the perfect place to enjoy a soothing restorative. They have an excellent selection of wine, beer and cocktails on the menu. The staff are friendly. But it’s just the atmosphere that steals the show and soothes the soul.

4. Neck of the Woods

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Pub Grub

Night Out
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Located in downtown Auckland, on Karangahape Road, Neck of the Woods is more than just a venue that serves a great selection of craft beer and original cocktails. This bar is also one of Auckland’s premier spaces for rock music. Bands and musicians from all around New Zealand, as well as from overseas, come to show off their musical talent at Neck of the Woods. Whether you’re coming to watch one of your favourite bands, just for a drink, or want to discover some new music, you’ll have a great night here.

5. The Jefferson

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Pub Grub

A Dram or Two
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If whisky is your game then it’s imperative that you make your way to The Jefferson next time you find yourself in Auckland. This whisky bar has around 600 types of the amber nectar, ranging from bourbon to scotch and every other conceivable iteration of the drink. They hold whisky tastings for groups too, so you can get an education whilst working on tomorrow’s hangover.

6. Racket Bar

Bar, North American, Pub Grub

Curly Fries
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Yet another speakeasy revival bar here, and it’s a real humdinger. The menu is simple, as the guys at Racket Bar like to focus on the drinking side of things. It has everything needed to soak up the booze though, with fried chicken, onion rings and curly fries. This is drinking American-style, and you’re not going get thin doing it. You will definitely leave happy though, even if your blood-pressure takes a week or two to get back to normal. Craft beer and some excellent spirits will keep you hydrated between snacks.

7. Cassette Nine

Bar, European, Pub Grub

Teapot Cocktail
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At Cassette Nine, people are passionate about good quality and large variety, which is something that you can see in a beer menu that features beers from all around the world. But you’ll be surprised to learn that this impressive list of beers isn’t what this bar is known for. When you come to Cassette Nine, you need to try one of their teapots. In these teapots you will find a delicious concoction of booze that is sure to get the night moving.

8. Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co.

Bar, Restaurant, European, Pub Grub

View of Viaduct Harbour
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For a phenomenal summer day, Dr. Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co. (yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful) cannot be beaten in Auckland. It sits looking over the lovely Viaduct Harbour, and when the sun’s out and the beer’s cold you won’t want to be anywhere else. Fresh beer from the tank is always a great draw-card, and Dr Rudi’s on-site 1000L brewery means that the beer is always as fresh as you could possibly wish. It’s open every day too, so you don’t need to worry about missing out.

9. Golden Dawn

Bar, European, Pub Grub

Live Music at Golden Dawn
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With dress-up nights, comedy shows, live music and quiz nights, there’s always something going down at Golden Dawn – Tavern of Power. This is a funky Auckland institution that attracts the cool cats from all over town. You’ll meet and see an eclectic bunch sipping on straight whisky, elaborate cocktails and pints of obscure craft beer. Golden Dawn will have you captivated for hours.

10. Stafford Road Wine Bar

Bar, Restaurant, European, Pub Grub

A Light Lunch
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When in New Zealand it is very important to make the most of the brilliant local wines that are on offer. Stafford Road Wine Bar is the place to do just that. With a wine list that consists of labels from vineyards all over New Zealand, you’ll find some of the finest wines in the country. Incredible wine is not the only thing on the menu in this classy wine bar, whose décor is both stylish and rustic. Their dining options range from delicious and delicate light meals to densely flavoured larger plates, which can be matched to one of the brilliant local wines.

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