Make the most of the Autumn nights in the heart of the city. There are so many hidden gems in the city centre which make for the perfect location to share some food and have a cheeky cocktail or two as the sun slowly sets.
The Shucker Brothers | 99 Quay Street
Nothing says summer quite like basking in the sun and enjoying fresh and delicious oysters. The Shucker Brothers is located in the Historic Ferry Building right on the water, ideal for those long summer evenings when all you want to do is just sit back and take in the atmosphere. The selection of oysters is impressive to say the least, and best enjoyed with a refreshing beverage such as a glass of champagne, or perhaps a Shucker’s Brew beer.
Sardine | 149 Quay Street
Sardine is hidden away behind White + Wong’s on the waterfront, and is a fun little hidden bar serving up bespoke and always delectable cocktails. Right on the water, Sardine should most definitely be next on your list for an evening drink this summer. Quench your thirst with a classic negroni, or maybe a drink you’ve never tried before, like the Portside Sour, with plymouth sloe, port, egg white, lemon, and plum powder.
Parked Up Beer Garden | Corner Fanshawe & Halsey Street
Located on the corner of Victoria Park, Parked Up Beer Garden is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. With a great selection of craft beers, tons of seating, and a unique venue, Parked Up is a great option for an evening drink with a large group of friends, perfect for celebrations like birthdays or work events.
La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street
La Zeppa functions as both a trendy bar showcasing local djs and a more relaxed and chic tapas restaurant. Transport yourself to a summer in Spain, ordering a selection of small plates from the menu, like garlic prawns, housemade flatbread, and sesame crusted beef. The wine list is seriously good as well, but if you aren’t wanting to decide between cocktails or wine, then why not try the Frose, or an iced Blanc.
Captain’s Bar | 99 Halsey Street
Nestled in the opulent Park Hyatt hotel, Captain’s Bar is a comfortingly cosy space reminiscent of a grand ship, with panelled wood walls and a roaring fireplace. The bar also boasted over 60 rums on the menu from all over the world, to complement the food menu which is designed by Argentinian chef Leo Minelli. The Argentinian flair is evident in the bar menu, which features the likes of chorizo and potato croquettes, Kikorangi and honey empanadas, and a tropical prawn ceviche.
NEO | 34-40 Queen Street
When it comes to summertime dining and drinking in Auckland, NEO is a clear contender. The cocktail list is fresh and innovative, with drinks like the Cucumber and Chilli margarita, Amaretto Sour, and Pink Lemonade. NEO also specializes in small plates, perfect for alfresco sharing with your mates. Order whatever your heart desires to compliment the summer sun, like Snapper goujons, lamb meatballs, calamari, or sweetcorn with chilli and lime.
The Glass Goose | 78 Federal Street
Make your way up a hidden staircase to The Glass Goose, a bar and eatery modelled off a Garden Glass house. You can easily forget you are right in the bustling heart of the city, free to relax and indulge during the long summer evenings. The food menu features fresh and seasonal produce which screams summer, like mussel fritters, chilli clams, and prawn tacos. When it comes to beverages, The Glass Goose cocktails will never fail to impress, from classics like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned, or the more summery Beekeepers Blossom.
The Parasol & Swing Company | 204 Quay Street
A classic rooftop bar in the heart of the city, Parasol & Swing Company is an award-winning venue known for their delightful cocktails and swinging atmosphere. The seasonal cocktail menu is tailor made for those buzzing summer evenings, with choices like the Orange Rose spritz, Banana-Miso sour, and the Crimson & Clover club. Collect a group of friends and order some nibbles to line the stomach, perhaps a New Zealand cheese board or some indulgent fried chicken.
The Conservatory | 17 Jellicoe Street
During the golden hour right before the sun sets in the City of Sails, The Conservatory is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and some hearty food. Picked out by the passionate staff, the drinks list has something for everyone, like the classic Margarita or Moscow mule, guest tap beer, and of course local wines. The pizzas at The Conservatory are famous for their impressive 18 inch size, and delectable toppings like pulled pork, cajun chicken, or Marlborough salmon.