The 7 Best LGBT Bars and Clubs in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland by night | © Daniel Fernandes de Oliveira / Flickr
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.
Family Bar and Club
Bar, Nightclub, Oceanian, $$$
A legendary fixture of Auckland’s LGBT club scene and definitely one of the most iconic bars on K’Road, Family Bar is owned and operated by the the gay community and is particularly known for its fun, inclusive and occasionally naughty nature. Along with a bumping nightclub
crowd, karaoke nights are a regular speciality. From drag queens to dancing queens, this is one of the most entertaining and popular LGBT spots in the city.
Cafe, Restaurant, Oceanian, $$$
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.
The Eagle Bar
Bar, LGBTQ Bar, Oceanian, $$$
Literally right across the road from Family Bar and Club is another one of K’Road’s excellent LGBT venues. The Eagle Bar is more low-key than its energetic, somewhat crazy neighbour, but that’s not to say it’s any less fun or appealing. In fact, The Eagle Bar is a great place to start your night before heading over the road and really letting your hair down. A great place for cocktails and conversations, you can even choose your own music on the jukebox.
Good Times Bar
Bar, LGBTQ Bar, Oceanian, Thai, $$$
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.
Caluzzi Bar & Cabaret
Bar, Restaurant, Oceanian, $$$
is New Zealand’s original drag cabaret bar & restaurant, and has won awards to back up its reputation on the LGBT scene. Expect a fun, over-the-top night out with exuberant costumes, entertainment and some great food, too. If you fancy doing something a little different on your weekend out then Caluzzi is well worth checking out. The fact that you can enjoy a great dinner while taking in a unique show explains why this joint has been so popular for so long.
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Australian, Fusion, $$$
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.
Bar, Asian, Australian, Fusion, $$$
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
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