What better way to bask in the warmth of long summer days than at a rooftop bar? With over 10 spectacular rooftop spots, the city centre is the perfect place to indulge. Not only do these bars offer breathtaking view but impressive menus to match - so gather your friends and cheers to summer! 

Sunset Bar | 63-37 Nelson Street 

Offering a seasonal menu of bespoke cocktails, food inspired by Mumbai street eats and a rotating programme of epic DJs, Sunset is the perfect spot to catch-up with friends in the summer sun. Be sure to grab a table on the balcony with expansive views across Auckland city. 

Our beverage pick: Mango Paloma | Kaffir tequila, mango, lime, lychee & rose foam (also available as a mocktail with Seedlip Garden 108).

HI-SO Rooftop Bar | 67 Customs Street East 

With spectacular views over Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island, HI-SO makes for an Instagram-worthy spot. You'll want to keep this one top of mind when planning catch ups with your friends or whānau. 

Our food pick: Mixed platter | A selection of local cold cuts, NZ cheeses (a soft, a hard and a blue), breadsticks, crackers, grapes, quince paste, olives, cornichons and chow chow. 

Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co. | 204 Quay Street

Dr Rudi's is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon this summer. Perch up on their terrace, soak up the sun and enjoy stunning views of the glistening Viaduct Harbour. Great vibes, tasty sharing platters and delicious brews, make this spot a popular local hangout! 

Our beverage pick: Rudi's Lager | New world larger made with Dr Rudi's & Nelson Sauvin Hops - a clean & crisp beer.

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Dr Rudis

Saint Alice | 204 Quay Street 

Check out Viaduct Harbour's Saint Alice for stunning harbour views. This sun-soaked eatery has a locally inspired menu with plenty of kai moana on offer - perfect for sharing. Order a refreshing beverage from their extensive drinks menu and relax in this beautiful space.

Our food pick: Ponzu Ceviche | Yuzu ponzu dressing, coriander, fresh cucumber, jalapeño, shallot & ginger oil.

Bar Albert | Corner Wyndham and Albert Street 

Bar Albert's open-air deck is well worth a visit this summer! Sitting 38 floors up, you'll be treated to uninterrupted views of Rangitoto & the Hauraki Gulf, making it the perfect spot for a special catch-up. With plush sunken leather loungers and a selection of single-batch spirits, this spot screams luxury.

Our beverage pick: Broken Heart (a signature G&T) | Broken Heart gin, ginger, lime, East Imperial royal botanic tonic.

Rooftop at QT | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue

Perched above it all on the sixth floor of the QT Auckland, Rooftop at QT offers a peak drink and dine experience flowing from laid back afternoons to lavish late nights. Get your mates together and head up for a sun-soaked afternoon of signature cocktails on tap and delicious Mediterranean-inspired eats. 

Our food & beverage picks: Espresso Martini on tap (basic, we know. But so good) | Finlandia Vodka, Quick Brown Fox coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee. Turkish fried chicken | Sumac spiced with pomegranate chilli dressing

La Zeppa | 33 Drake St

Cheers to the end of the year with friends at La Zeppa! Try some of their Mediterranean-style tapas and one of their cocktail creations while you enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere and the deck overlooking the beautiful Victoria Park.

Our food & beverage picks: Rosé sangria | Rosé, vodka, strawberry syrup and fresh fruit. Sesame crusted beef kofta.

Holey Moley Golf Club & Karaoke Room | 204 Quay Street

If you're looking to spend an afternoon doing something a little different, you need to check out Holey Moley. Head in for a game of mini-golf, then grab a seat on their balcony overlooking the harbour for a tipple and a bite to eat. 

Our beverage pick: Pink gin spritz | Gordons pink gin, prosecco, strawberries & soda

Palmer Bar | 1 Albert Street

If you like people watching, you'll love the deck at Palmer Bar overlooking the bustling street corner of Albert and Customs Street! Palmer's food and drink menu merges modern and traditional Italian influences. Think savoury Italian doughnuts and Mille Feuille to a Manuka martini or coffee cocktail with brown butter. Please note, Palmer Bar are closed from 24 Dec - 16 Jan 2024 for the holiday period.

Our beverage pick: Palm Spritz | Vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, rhubarb & thyme (goes great with the Cazador charcuterie).

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Last updated: 16 April 2024