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.
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 wine, Saint Alice is the perfect spot for a friends catch up.
Food pick: Woodfired Marinated Prawns to share - $24
Drink pick: Head over heels’rosé (pinot blanc x pinot noir) - $16
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: Freshly shucked Bluff Oysters paired with a drink - $25/$45
Drink pick: Pint of Rudiʼs APA
The Culpeper | 143-147 Princess Wharf
Located right on the water’s edge, The Culpeper is a bar and eatery that focuses on barbequed cuisine and seafood from around the world. 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: Fried shrimp taco with beer battered fries - $17 and $8.5
Drink pick: A glass of bubbles - from $13
The Churchill | 396 Queen Street, inside the Four Points by Sheraton
Found on the 20th floor of Auckland’s Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, The Churchill is the best place to gaze down on Auckland’s stellar cityscape while enjoying a refreshing glass of Pol Roger, their house champagne. Not only are the views of the city breathtaking, but the Churchill's art deco interior is equally worthy of admiration. If that is not enough to draw you in, then the extensive selection of gins should be.
Food pick: Ora King salmon tartare - $25
Drink pick: Create your own gin. Select your favourite gin, choose a mixer and select your botanicals - $20
HI-SO Rooftop Bar | 67 Customs Street East
For a more luxurious evening, book yourself into one of the HI-SO’s private booths for the night and indulge with a select few friends. Try on of their signature cocktails, or one of the many varieties of whiskey they have available. If a private booth is not your thing, the bar also has an outdoor terrace from which to enjoy unrivalled panoramic views.
Food pick: Cheese board - $30
Drink pick: Espresso martini - $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 (slow-cooked Hayke's Bay lamb and a crispy and poached meringue - $79)
Drink pick: One of the roots native cocktails - $20
SEVEN | 52 Tyler Street
The boisterous rooftop bar SEVEN boasts some of the best views of Auckland’s harbour. Offering all manners of Asiatic dining thanks to Ebisu head chef, Fred Wong, and a nuanced selection of drinks - it’s not just the view people go for. With a host of international DJ spinning tunes that make SEVEN come alive, be prepared for an evening that lasts until the early hours of the morning.
Food pick: Chicken & prawn dumplings - $18
Drink pick: A glass of wine
La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
The open air terrace of 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 Medditerenean 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