One of the busiest places in New Zealand is the center of Auckland, a place where you can find some of the best bars in the country. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or a great night out, we’ve handpicked the best options in the city.
The simple seating arrangement and subtle, uncomplicated color scheme at Fukuko adds to the casual and relaxed atmosphere perfect for relaxing in while enjoying original Japanese inspired cocktails, authentic Japanese whiskeys, wines and sakes. Accompany your 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.
Located in one of Auckland’s architectural masterpieces, that was built in the late 19thcentury 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. The Empire Tavern holds events almost every night of the week, including an open mic night (Thursday) and a quiz night (Tuesday), a great night out when accompanied by a tall glass of beer from the selection of 20 beers on tap.
Empire Tavern, 137 Victoria St West, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-373 4389
You’ll find Auckland’s local emerging artists here at The Basement; whether musicians, comedians, poets, or dancers there’s something always going on. The Basement is a charity trust 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
Although 1885’s relates to the year the historic Stanbeth House was founded, everything in this bar is modern and chic. The décor of this multi-level bar is contemporary, a mix of dark leather seats with roughened rustic brick work and dim lighting. 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