Cocktails with fruity flavours, bright colours and fun glasses are the drinks of summer. We have created a list of delicious flavours from city centre bars that are a must-try this season.
The Meg Cocktail | Bellini Bar | Hilton Auckland, 147 Quay Street
Bellini Bar delivers breathtaking views of the waterfront and a great selection of drinks and food. If it’s a special occasion or you are just enjoying a night out with friends, come in and relax in luxury while sipping on a few cocktails. Our pick is The Meg Cocktail made with raspberry vodka, lychee, passionfruit and pineapple - summer flavours in one!
Windsor Garden Cocktail | Coley & Punch | Shed 22 Princes Wharf
While you are strolling along the waterfront, pop into Coley & Punch, a premium whiskey and cocktail bar. They have a vast selection of whiskeys, scotches, malts with over 250 choices! To try bright, summer flavours in a glass, get their Windsor Garden cocktail with marmalade infused silver tequila, mezcal, mandarin, grapefruit cordial, orange and mandarin bitters and salt.
Rosebud Cocktail | My Bar | 12 Durham Street East
My Bar offers the style and elegance of a contemporary lounge bar. It brings you delicious flavours and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Choose between their contemporary & modern and classics & old favourites menus, but don't miss trying the Rosebud cocktail, made with house infused vanilla vodka, passionfruit pulp, cranberry & pineapple juice and a squeeze of fresh lime.
Tropical Itch Cocktail | Talulah Bar | 52 Tyler Street
Talulah Bar is the tropical paradise you need this summer. This cosy rooftop bar gives you great views of the harbour along with colourful murals and tropical outdoor vibes. Every cocktail at Talulah Bar is perfect for this summer, with fresh juices, custom made syrups and fine Caribbean rums. Our top pick is the Tropical Itch cocktail with London gin, white rum, lime, fresh mango, cinnamon and almond.
N38 Cocktail | Captain’s Bar | Park Hyatt Auckland 99 Halsey Street
Captain’s Bar at the Hyatt Hotel is a popular destination for cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. You can sip their yummy creations by the fireplace or out on the deck, while you enjoy the views of the waterfront. Along with a large selection of cocktails they have fine rum, whiskey and gin so you will never run out of choice. Cocktail N38, made with Rum Plantation OFTD, Rum Plantation 3 Stars, baked pineapple and banana juice is our favourite that's a bit fruity in more ways than one!
Jammie Dodger Cocktail | The Fox | 85/87 Customs Street West
The Fox is a charming London-inspired bar where you can enjoy watching sports events live or just come in to relax with a cocktail after a long day. They've called the Viaduct home for a number of years, but their recent renovations make The Fox feel like a brand new waterfront bar. Their drinks menu stands out with a great selection of British ales, gin and classic cocktails. This summer we recommend their Jammie Dodger cocktail - a delightful treat that blends the fruity, tropical flavours of lime and pineapple with the sweet, juicy taste of raspberry liqueur, cherry and vodka to mimic the taste of this beloved British biscuit.
Peaches & Cream | Rooftop at QT | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
QT Hotel is perfect for a staycation in the heart of the city and will allow you to enjoy the world-class Rooftop bar and Esther restaurant without having to leave the building. Rooftop at QT won best bar in the Hospitality NZ Award in 2021 and will happily surprise you with views of the city, delicious menu and crafty cocktails. For summer flavours, try their Peaches & Cream cocktail: peach, clarified whey, yellow chartreuse, peychaud’s bitters, helmsman spiced rum, brandy and citrus.