Auckland's city centre is well known for its spectacular cityscape, harbour views and fabulous bars - so why not combine them when you next head out to catch up with friends? Whether it’s 53 stories up in the Sky Tower or on one of the Viaduct's many rooftops, we have selected the bars with boast great views with a drink and food list to match.

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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 espresso martini dreams on tap) - $18. 

Saint Alice

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, it makes a great spot for a casual catch up amongst friends.

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

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, this is a bar visit you'll never forget! You'll be met with fine food, creative cocktails and an award winning wine list. 

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 native cocktails - a liquid portrayal of New Zealand - $20. 

Captain's bar

Captain's Bar | 99 Halsey Street

Sit on the outdoor terrace and enjoy the stunning waterfront 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

Dr. Rudi's | Level 2/204 Quay Street

Directly adjacent to Saint Alice sits another 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

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

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 city centre. Enjoy range of Mediterranean inspired tapas with your choice of a cold drop and toast to the epic views of the Sky Tower which get even better after the sun sets.

Food pick: A mix of different tapas - from $6.
Drink pick: Jug of either their white or rosé sangria - $25.

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Parasol & Swing | 7/204 Quay Street

Award winning cocktail bar Parasol and Swing is a great place to come at the beginning or end of the night for a refreshing cocktail, with great vibes to match its fantastic location right in the heart of the Viaduct Harbour. 

Food pick: Salmon ceviche - from $18.
Drink pick: Aperol & strawberry spritz- $19.


Brolly7/204 Quay Street

If you're a fan of Parasol & Swing, make sure you also check out Brolly, located on the level below. The drinks list features natural and organic NZ and Australian labels, Kir Royales (sparkling wine cocktails) and other classics that can be served in-house or taken away. 

Food pick: Croquettes (Bacon bone, kumara, truffle) - from $12.
Drink pick: Kir Royale with Champagne - $25. 

Outdoor seating

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. Grab a drink at the bar or stay for a full meal - 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. 

Bar seating area with the waterfront outside

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. Be sure to check out their cocktail masterclasses for a fun activity with friends. 

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 outdoor and relaxing experience.

Food pick: Pure south beef scotch - $45.
Drink pick: A matching wine (ask the team for their suggestions). 

Outdoor, waterside seating

Holey Moley Golf Club & Karaoke Room | 204 Quay Street

Holey Moley's balcony overlooking the Viaduct Harbour provides gorgeous views of our city of sails making it the perfect spot for an after work drink while you watch the sunset. 

Food pick: The Loaded Dog - $15
Drink pick: Lemon Slice cocktail - $18

Last updated: 24 March 2022