Cocktails, with their fun flavours, colours and glasses, are the drink of summer and we’ve rounded up our favourites from great city centre bars for you to hunt out. 

Saint Alice

Pineapple and Ginger Cocktail | Saint Alice | Level 1/204 Quay Street 

Make your way up to Saint Alice in the Viaduct, where you will be welcomed with beautiful harbour views and an impressive cocktail selection. A great summer cocktail is their pineapple and ginger concotion, which features smoked rum, apple liquor, pineapple, ginger, and lime. It will no doubt go down a treat! 

The Glass Goose

Basil Grande | The Glass Goose | 78 Federal St

For a refreshing option, try the Basil Grande from The Glass Goose. it's not too sweet as the basil and cracked pepper balance out the cranberry, strawberries and chambord. Filled with classic summer flavours, this drink is a great way to enjoy a long summer night perched underneath the Sky Tower at this rooftop bar.

Little Culprit

Funk | Little Culprit | 151 Wyndham St

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. The Funk is their house spritz, made with lacto-fermented citrus, fizzy wine and aperitivo. Exuding European class and flair, the Funk is essentially Italy in a glass, and what’s better than an Italian summer?! 

Soul Bar and Bistro

Thai me to the bedpost | Soul Bar & Bistro | Customs St W

Add some island flare to your summer with this cheeky drink from Soul Bar & Bistro. Just add some coconut tequila, cointreau, pandan, and lime, and you’ll get Thai me to the Bedpost. Sip under Soul's hanging baskets looking out the water and toast to being on holiday! 

Good Luck Coconut

Thunder and Lightning | The Good Luck Coconut | 39 Jellicoe St

Head on over to Wynyard Quarter and the Good Luck Coconut,a little slice of paradise where the tiki bar will make you some of the best cocktails in town! The lively Thunder and Lightning is a concoction of Pisco Barsol, cherry heering, lime, hibiscus, and bitters. It also has subtle flavours of banana and citrus, while the lime and bitters packs a punch at the end. 

Ghost Donkey

Pistolero | Ghost Donkey | 7 Queen St

For a zesty and fiery cocktail, Ghost Donkey will satisfy your needs. The Pistolero translates to gunfighter, and this drink is a delightful mix of agave gin, roasted poblano, pineapple sherbert, lime, and salt. You may be shouting “Ay dios mio!” (oh my gosh) after this cocktail, as it’s definitely not afraid to make a statement.

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen

Chuck Berry Mojito | Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen | 7 Sale St

Take a trip to Cuba with the Chuck Berry Mojito from Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen. The De Cuba Blanco rum, mint, lime, and sugar syrup are all classic mojito ingredients, and the added mixed berries adds another layer of summer flavour. Named after Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of Rock n Roll music, you’ll be singing the praises of this cocktail in no time.


La Rosa | Sardine | 149 Quay St

A hidden gem located on the stunning waterfront, Sardine creates exceptional bespoke cocktails from the minds of highly-skilled mixologists. The La Rosa is a great summer cocktail, as it is made with Hendrick’s gin, Stoneleigh Wild Valley Rose, strawberry syrup, and rose water. There’s no need to choose between a gin and tonic or a glass of crisp rose, as the La Rosa combines the best of both worlds!

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Anna's Lips | The Sugar Club, Level 53, Sky Tower

Discover The Sugar Club's summer cocktails. We particularly love Anna's Lips, a delicious concoction made of Ink Sloe gin, lemon, sugar and chickpea lips. So pretty!

Last updated: 15 January 2021