Auckland has, by quite a distance, the most extensive and eclectic LGBT scene in all of New Zealand. The biggest city in the country is home to myriad bars, clubs, cabaret venues and events catering to the LGBT community. Delve into our guide and check out Culture Trip’s top 10 choices for LGBT bars and clubs in New Zealand’s big smoke.
Serving wood-fired pizza Wednesday to Sunday with a fun wine list and NZ craft beer – though their weekend brunch is also worth pulling yourself out of bed for – Garnet Station has been flying the rainbow flag for a while now. Not only is this a great place to pick up a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch, but you can grab dinner on the weekends and then take in one of their shows in their awesome community theatre.
Literally right across the road from Family Bar and Club is another one of K’Road’s excellent LGBT venues. The Eagle Bar is more low-key than its energetic, somewhat crazy neighbour, but that’s not to say it’s any less fun or appealing. In fact, The Eagle Bar is a great place to start your night before heading over the road and really letting your hair down. A great place for cocktails and conversations, you can even choose your own music on the jukebox.
One of Auckland’s – and K’Road’s, of course – newest LGBT bars. Good Times is a place where all sorts of folk come together in the pursuit of a great night out. Whether you’re a local, traveller, gay or straight, this bar won’t disappoint. They have some excellent cocktails for you to sip on as well as some yummy Thai finger-food. If you’re on K’Road then make sure you swing by Good Times to sample one of their top-class margaritas.
Quintessentially Auckland, with delicious food in an upscale-yet-casual environment, SPQR in the heart of Ponsonby is popular during the day for its outdoor seating in the sun with people-watching, or starting a night out with innovative cocktails. Although SPQR is not an out and out gay bar, it is extremely popular among the LGBT crowd, and the ripped torso on the sign is somewhat of a giveaway. If you’re into great food, fantastic wine or want to pick the brain of one of the gay waitstaff who know the area better than most then you should definitely swing by SPQR.
Once again this isn’t your strictly classified gay bar but, being on Karangahape Road, it should come as no surprise that this excellent, theatrical and elegant bar is much adored by the LGBT crowd. It isn’t just the location that makes it so popular either. This gay-popular 1930’s Asian fusion jazz and cocktail lounge has live music every night, exquisite cocktails and a stunning interior reminiscent of the best Hollywood set design.