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 for a customised experience | 40 Customs Street
One of the most popular cocktail bars Auckland city centre has to offer, 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 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 & 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 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 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 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.
Little Culprit for their funky cocktails | 151 Wyndham Street
Tucked away on Wyndham street opposite big brother Culprit, Little Culprit is a trendy little bar that almost looks like a hole in the wall until you venture downstairs to discover lush velvet booth seating making for an intimate inner city spot for a drink.
Ghost Donkey for tequila and mezcal cocktails | 7/21 Queen Street, Commercial Bay
Ghost Donkey is a high-energy, electric Mexican-influenced tequila and mezcal bar with a food and beverage programme that’s seen it earn much acclaim in the States. Sit back, relax and we recommend you try one of their tequila cocktails - delicious. Plus sitting under the fairy lights at Ghost Donkey is quite a magical experience.
Huami Bar for 'gram worthy creations | 87 Federal Street
Let the bartenders of Huami Bar mix you a delicious cocktail. Showcasing traditional Chinese flavours, the impressive cocktail list includes the Royal 75, an elegant combination of lychee, gin and orange topped with perrier-jouët champagne; the Shanghai Sour, frothy with white rum, pineapple, maraschino and spiced grenadine and the Flox-tail, golden rum, pink grapefruit, spiced peach & a touch of art (Pictured above).