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The Best Cocktail Bars In Auckland, New Zealand

The Best Cocktail Bars In Auckland, New Zealand

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Updated: 9 February 2017
New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, in the north of the country, is a city full of culture with some of the best restaurants, bars and art in the country. Although there is some great wine and craft beer in New Zealand, there are also plenty of options available for those who prefer cocktails. Read on to discover the best cocktail bars in Auckland.


Orleans is one of the coolest bars, restaurants and performance venues in the city, and is 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 transport you to New Orleans. 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


Although the name of 1885 relates to the year the historic Stanbeth House was founded, everything in this bar is modern and chic. The decor found in this multi-level bar embodies contemporary, 21st century style, including a mix of smooth dark-leather seats with roughened rustic brickwork 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

Cocktails at 1885 | Image courtesy of 1885
Cocktails at 1885 | Image courtesy of 1885


Revelry perfects the delicate balance between chic style and rustic bohemian, juxtaposing their complex decor between classic 19th century furniture and Asian-inspired motifs to create a unique bar environment in Ponsonby’s dining front. Revelry offers a selection of exquisite and refined dishes that exhibit original flavor combinations. 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


The simple seating arrangement and smooth, uncomplicated color 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

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 favorite bands, just coming for a drink, or want to discover some new music, you’ll have a great night here.


Neck Of The Woods, 155B Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand +64 21 385 344