While a wrap of cocktail bars in Auckland would usually focus on the drinks, we’ve taken this opportunity to assemble a list of the most exciting and innovative cocktail bars Auckland city centre has on offer for a memorable night out. Whether it's the unforgettable interior or the unparalleled knowledge and service, these top places serve delicious drinks with a twist. 

Caretaker

Caretaker for a customised experience | 40 Customs Street

One of the most popular cocktail bars in Auckland city centre, and inspired by the golden era of bartending, Caretaker is known for its inimitably cosy downtown setting and  personalised approach to cocktails. Choose from the ever-changing menu or trust the host to suggest the perfect drink for you. Whether your poison is a classic dry martini or something more original - let the host guide your choice based on your palette. Service is table only, so sit back and relax while the staff look after you.

Talulah

Talulah for a tropical getaway | 120 Quay Street

Taking its cue from classic American tiki bars, Talulah’s tropical setting will have you convinced you have been whisked away to a remote island paradise. Try the island inspired cocktails - made with fresh juices, house produced infusions and Carribean rum. In typical tiki style your drink will be served in a Instagram-worthy vessel. Go with a group because like most tiki bars, Talulah caters to numbers and cocktails are made to share.

Coley and Punch

Coley & Punch for a sophisticated experience | 139 Quay Street

Named in honour of London’s resident Savoy Hotel bartender Ada Coleman, Coley and Punch presents a modern twist on the classic English hotel bar. When famously asked for a drink with a ‘punch’, ‘Coley’ answered with the “Hanky Panky”, a near noxious mix of gin, vermouth and an Italian liqueur. If this sounds like too much for you, don’t miss out on Coley & Punch’s sophisticated experience - simply pick a different cocktail from their English-inspired menu.

The Jefferson

The Jefferson for a classy night out | 7 Fort Lane

With an absolutely unparalleled selection of whiskey, The Jefferson is the prime location for an elegant evening. Engage in an educational experience in a relaxing environment, and channel the class and character of single malt or a rare blend. Concealed under the Imperial Building between Queen Street and Fort Lane, this modern speakeasy is the perfect spot for a classy night out.          

XuXu Dumpling Bar

XuXu for a cocktail and dumpling fusion | Galway Street and Commerce Street

Inspired by flavours of the far east of Asia, the intimate corner bar Xuxu serves some of the cities best dumplings paired with your choice of craft beers, seasonal cocktails and boutique wines. Whether you sit inside or out, the authentic setting combined with the steaming hot menu will have you forgetting where you are. 

Bellini Bar

Bellini Bar for cocktails with a view | 147 Quay Street

With sleek interiors and incomparable ocean views, Bellini Bar is one of our places to go for a summer time cocktail. This wharfside bar brings together contemporary glamour and creative cocktails all against the backdrop of Auckland’s stunning harbour. What really sets Bellini apart is its interactive masterclass designed to help you perfect those classic cocktails - learn from the their team of talented mixologists and refine your skills while sipping on a peach Bellini. 

My Bar

My Bar for an intimate and cosy outing | 12 Durham Street East

Nestled in the heart of Auckland’s busy lanes and side-streets sits My Bar, a cosy little wine and cocktail lounge. Taking cues from the laneway bars of Melbourne, Amsterdam and Prague, My Bar’s extensive collection of New Zealand craft beers gives this quintessential lane bar a distinctly Auckland feel. With a constantly evolving wine list and an impressively creative choice of cocktails, this city-centre neighbourhood bar is soon to become your new local.

The Churchill

The Churchill for their impressive gin and botanicals pick-your-own list | 396 Queen Street

Enjoy a classic G&T with a spectacular city view at The Churchill. Found on the 20th floor of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, this rooftop bar is fast becoming one of the most popular joints on Auckland's cocktail bars scene. It not only boasts panoramic views of the city, but also an impressively selected range of over 160 gins from locally crafted distilleries, to more rare and hard to find gins from around the world. Create your own “Dutch Courage” from their 10/10/10 menu and choose from a curated selection of 10 gins, 10 mixers and 10 botancials for something more personal. 

Last updated: 10 February 2020

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