Auckland's city centre is well known for its spectacular city and harbour views, and fabulous bars - so why not combine them when you next head out to catch up with friends? Whether it’s high atop the Sky Tower, a view across the city or across the water, we have selected the best bars that boast great views with a drink and food list to match.
Rooftop at QT | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Perched above it all on the sixth floor, Rooftop at QT offers a peak drink and dine experience flowing from laid back afternoons to lavish late nights.
Food pick: Chicken with garlic sauce kebab skewers - $15
Drink pick: Nitro Espresso (All your Expresso Martini dreams on tap) - $18
Saint Alice | Level 1/204 Quay Street
Saint Alice is a spacious and sun-soaked bar and eatery overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. With fantastic views of the super yachts and water, best enjoyed while sipping on one of their various G&T options or special wines, Saint Alice is the perfect spot for a friends catch up.
Food pick: Woodfired Spicy Garlic & Prawn Pizza to share - $30
Drink pick: Broken Cosmo (Vodka, lime, cranberry, watermelon liqueur, peach liqueur, topped with processo) - $18
The Sugar Club | Sky Tower Level 53, 72 Victoria Street West
Take the elevator to the 53rd floor of Auckland’s Sky Tower for a table at The Sugar Club. With incredible views of the Hauraki Gulf and the city centre there is no better way to take your dining experience to new heights. Fine food, creative cocktails and an award winning wine list - the perfect accompaniment to the unique setting.
Food pick: Two course menu (lamb with red and savoy cabbage, parsnip for main and a passionfruit sorbet for dessert) - $79
Drink pick: One of the roots native cocktails - $20
Captain's Bar | 99 Halsey Street
Sit on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the stunning views as you sample a fine selection of rums or classic cocktails with a local twist at Captain's Bar. Match your drink with tapas and sharing platters designed by Argentinian Chef de Cuisine Leo Minelli.
Food pick: A mix of different tapas from $14
Drink pick: Rums from $10
Dr Rudi's | Level 2/204 Quay Street
Directly opposite Saint Alice sits Viaduct favourite Dr Rudi’s. There will be no problem quenching your thirst as Dr Rudi’s have their own award winning brewery onsite. Choose from one of the 17 tap beers or peruse their extensive wine and cocktail list if you are after something without hops. Once the sun sets, head inside for a game of ten-pin bowling.
Food pick: Rudi's tasty fish tacos (x2) - $21
Drink pick: Glass of Rudiʼs 'Lady Louis' Lager - $13
The Crab Shack | Princess Wharf, Shed 22
Located right on the water’s edge, has The Crab Shack has reopened in a brand new seaside site, a stone’s throw away from the original Princes Wharf location. Grab a table outside, order a craft beer off their ever-changing beer menu and watch the waterfront action while basking in the sun.
Food pick: Salt and Pepper Squid Rings - $17
Drink pick: A glass of Miss American Pie (Jack Daniels Fire, Mac's Cloudy Apple Cider & vanilla) - $15
La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
The open air terrace at La Zeppa is dotted with colourful lanterns and overlooks Victoria Park as well as the greater central city. Situated in the shell of an old industrial warehouse, this cosy and charming bar offers a range of Mediterranean inspired tapas best shared with a group of friends on their sun-drenched rooftop or warm fire.
Food pick: A mix of different tapas - from $6
Drink pick: Jug of either their white or rosé sangria - $25
Parasol & Swing | 7/204 Quay Street
Visit Industry award winning cocktail bar, Parasol and Swing for a drink and some of the best views in The Viaduct. Soak up some of those long hours of summer sunshine and order from their exquisite drinks menu.
Food pick: Salmon ceviche - from $18
Drink pick: Aperol & strawberry spritz- $19
Brolly | 7/204 Quay Street
Fans of Parasol & Swing, make sure to check out Brolly, located on the lower level of the same building.The drinks list features natural and organic NZ and Australian labels, Kir Royales (sparkling wine cocktails), and cocktails that can be served in-house or taken away. Perfect place for summer catch ups!
Food pick: Croquettes (Bacon bone, kumara, truffle) - from $12
Drink pick: Kir Royale with Champagne - $25
Lobster & Wagyu | Seafarers Building, 52 Tyler Street
Located on level 7 of the Seafarers Building, Lobster & Wagyu offers amazing views of the harbour. The rooftop bar also offers sun and shade and an atmosphere like no other. Head there to enjoy the view of the harbour while dining along the seaside or experience the night sky sipping on a delicious cocktail.
Food pick: Lobster-wagyu burger - $41.90
Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill | 99 Quay Street
Overlooking the gorgeous Auckland harbour, Harbourside Ocean Bar and Grill offers a seafood experience not to be missed. Using New Zealand seafood caught with sustainable methods, Harbourside specialises in serving the finest New Zealand dishes with an international twist.
Food pick: Harbourside "Plateau de Fruits de Mer" - $79.95
Drink pick: Kaffir & Coconut Margarita - $19
Bellini Bar | 147 Quay Street
With breathtaking harbour views, five-star service, and an alluring cocktail list, Bellini is the place to go for a relaxing evening with friends and family.
Food pick: Salt and pepper squid - $21
Drink pick: French Martini (Absolut Vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice, garnished with a marachino cherry) - $22
Ostro Bar and Brasserie | 52 Tyler Street
The view from Ostro is, well, amazing! Huge glass doors that concertina to frame the restaurant are on the harbour side, leading out to a narrow but long balcony that will seat tables of two for a truly outdoors and relaxing experience.
Food pick: Pure south beef scotch - $45
Drink pick: A matching wine (ask the team for their suggestions)