Orleans is one of the coolest bars, restaurants and performance venues in the city, where you can come down to have a drink and listen to some great live music. Ranging from jazz to blues and soul, the music at this bar will teleport you to New Orleans, a cultural hub of the US where the weather is hot and the music is hotter. Come down to Orleans and have a cocktail while listening to some awesome live music.
Orleans Britomart, 48 Customs St, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-309 5854
You’ll be able to find Auckland’s local emerging artists here at The Basement, whether it’s musicians, comedians, poets, or dancers there’s something always going on. The Basement is one of Auckland’s charity trusts that supports local talent and art. If you’re looking to be inspired, entertained, or just want a good night, this is the place to go. You’ll find innovation, experimentation and fresh new talent and work.
The Basement, Greys Ave, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-309 7433
Neck of the Woods
Located in downtown Auckland, on Karangahape Road, Neck of the Woods is more than 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 styling at Neck of the Woods. Whether you’re coming to watch one of your favourite bands, just coming for a drink, or want to discover some new music, you’ll have a great night here.
Although 1885’s relates to the year the historic Stanbeth House was founded, everything in this bar is modern and chic. The décor found in this multi-level bar embodies contemporary, 21st century style, including a mix of smooth dark leather seats with roughened rustic brick work and dim lighting, which creates a casual yet sleek ambiance. 1885 features some of Auckland’s coolest DJs on weekends and during the week, so check their website to see who’s playing.
1885, 27 Galway St, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-551 3100
Cassette Number Nine
At Cassette Number 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 Number 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.
Cassette Number Nine, 9 Vulcan Ln, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-366 0196
Inspired by a luxury Hollywood bar, Roxy is located in the Imperial Building in Auckland’s CBD, in place of the century-old theatre that the space was once home to. Roxy offers a selection of brilliant cocktails to be enjoyed while admiring the view of Auckland’s mid-town city skyline on the rooftop deck, or while enjoying music from some of the best local and international DJs. Roxy’s is the place to be if you’re looking to dress your best and dance the night away with good drinks and great music.
Roxy, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-929 2701
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.
The Conservatory, 1-17 Jellicoe St, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-307 2222
The Empire Tavern
Located in one of Auckland’s architectural masterpieces, that was built in the late 19th century is, The Empire Tavern. Refurbished in 2013 with a vibrant and modern look, the tavern is now a refreshing juxtaposition between Victorian architecture and contemporary interior design, located in the centre of Auckland. The Empire Tavern holds events almost every night of the week, including an open mic night (Thursday) and a quiz night (Tuesday), always a great laugh to be accompanied by a tall glass of beer from the selection of almost 20 beers on tap.
Empire Tavern, 137 Victoria St West, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-373 4389
Stafford Road Wine Bar
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 enables you to do just that. With a wine list that consists of labels from vineyards all over New Zealand, you’ll be able to 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.
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 whiskeys, 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.
Fukuko, 43 Tyler St, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-300 5275