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The 10 Best Bars In Ponsonby, Auckland

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Matthew Clark
Updated: 9 February 2017
West of Auckland’s CBD is Ponsonby, a suburb of the city that is full of culture, good food and fashion. Here, we discover the 10 best bars in this residential suburb.
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The Golden Dawn

Located on the inner edge of this fashion and culture hub is a hipster bar and restaurant called The Golden Dawn. It contrasts with the fine dining and high-class establishments with whom it shares this suburb, while offering a brilliant hospitable experience. The wine list offers a variety that is broken down into the characteristics of each wine, so  you can make an informed choice when selecting the match between wine and the sharing platters on offer.

The Golden Dawn – Tavern of Power, 134 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-376 9929

Revelry

Revelry perfects the delicate balance between chic style and rustic bohemian with their complex decor that is  a mix ofclassic 19th century furniture and Asian-inspired motifs. This place offers a selection of exquisite and refined dishes. These must be tasted with either one of the elegant cocktails on offer, or one of the fantastic wines from New Zealand and around the world.

Revelry, 106 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, New Zealand, +64 9-376 8663

Matterhorn

Described by executive chef Sean Marshal as a ‘holistic experience’, Matterhorn offers excellent food and superb cocktails. The venue holds occasional events, where you can come down and listen to some of Auckland’s best musical artists while dining on Matterhorn’s signature favorites. They also have a restaurant in Wellington, where Louis Armstrong once played. Well-balanced, innovative dishes and reinvented classics place Matterhorn at the summit of Auckland’s great restaurants.

Matterhorn, 37 Drake Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 929 2790

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Cocktail | © Pexels

Longroom

Longroom is a bar and bistro with versatile functions. Whether you’re looking for a place to go with family or friends for dinner, or a relaxed after work drink, this is the place. The gorgeous courtyard is a large open air space where you can soak in the summer sun. Or, if the sun is hiding behind some nasty clouds or the weather’s a bit chilly, you can be sure to warm back up thanks to the open gas heaters that keep the place toasty.

Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, New Zealand, +64 9-360 8803

Cocktail / ©Pexels

Cocktail / ©Pexels

Snatch

Trends and fashion change over time, and the establishments in Ponsonby reflect that. However, Snatch tries to bring back the style of a past era. Snatch opened in 2007 to offer a vintage 1950s look and feel to Ponsonby, with walls adorned with art from the era. It provides a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy one of their classic cocktails. Great old-school classic music is played here, along with some newer hits to liven things up.

Snatch, 171 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, New Zealand, +64 9-361 6170

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Old fashioned| © Michael Korcuska/Flickr

MooChowChow

Bangkok’s incredible food stalls and night markets are the inspiration for MooChowChow, a bar and restaurant in Ponsonby that offers the culinary stylings of Chef Che Barrington. He has spent his career developing the stunning flavor combinations exhibited here at MooChowChow. The cocktails are developed using only the freshest ingredients as well as house-made fruit syrups and even organic soft drinks that are developed on premises.

MooChowChow, 23 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, New Zealand,+64 9-360 6262

Cleverly crafted cocktails|©Quickcapture/Flickr

Cleverly crafted cocktails|©Quickcapture/Flickr

Lolabar

Classy, clean-cut monochrome décor makes Lolabar one of the most chic cocktail lounges in Auckland, and a definite must visit bar in Ponsonby. You can find the best champagne, imported all the way from France, or perhaps you might prefer one of the expertly constructed cocktails to enjoy in this exciting and stylish environment. Modern leather furniture and contemporary art is brought together to create a space with cool and classy black and white theme, where you can enjoy a drink and have a great night out.

Lolabar, 212 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-360 0396

Grand Central

A little piece of New York City is brought to Auckland thanks to Grand Central, where the atmosphere represents the cosy, homely feel that New Yorkers are always in search of. Here, you can find live music played every night of the week; from classic rock and pop to new-age alternative. This bar is open late, so if you’re looking for somewhere to keep your night going, this is the place to go.

Grand Central, 126 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-360 1260

Beer on Tap /©Pexels

Beer on Tap /©Pexels

Freeman & Grey

The pretentiousness that can occasionally be found in Ponsonby can be a bit tiresome. If that’s not really your scene, you might be inclined to look for something a bit more low-key. That’s where Freeman & Grey comes in. Here you can find simple, great pizzas, local Kiwi wine and a choice of delicious tap beers and classic cocktails.

Freeman & Grey, 43 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-378 6496

Cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere/ ©Pixabay

Cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere/ ©Pixabay

Jervois Steak House

The sombre wooden interior gives Jervois Steak House a rustic atmosphere that complements the uncomplicated and traditional cuisine. High-spirited and friendly service start an incredible dining venture. JSH specializes in expertly cooked, high-quality meat that is designed to be complemented with a variety of excellent wines. This two-storey place is almost always a full house. Despite this, it retains the relaxed atmosphere that makes Jervois Steak House a top choice for food lovers.

Jervois Steak House, 70 Jervois Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 376 2049

Wine & Cocktails galore © Kondor83 / Shutterstock

Wine & Cocktails galore © Kondor83 / Shutterstock