If you're planning on attending an event in the city centre, make a great night out even better with drinks and nibbles beforehand! Here are some of our top picks for your pre or post-show needs. 


High Street District 

Heading to a show in the Aotea Arts Quarter? The High Street District is close by and home to a variety of bars and restaurants to suit every palate and price point. 

For a cosy drink over candlelight, head to Housebar at Hotel DeBett, boasting a great wine list and tasty bar snacks. If you're a craft beer aficionado and after a slightly buzzier atmosphere, check out Cornerbar, also part of the hotel. 

Pilkingtons' Mediterranean style courtyard offers an elegant place to chill out and enjoy pre-show drinks and nibbles. Or, try Mezze Bar for their luscious array of tapas, drinks and some great vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Viaduct and the Waterfront 

Down on the waterfront, Rooftop at QTCoops Corner Pub and Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill are close to the ASB Waterfront Theatre, making them an easy choice for a pre or post-show stop. Each of them boast stunning harbour views to be savoured over a fantastic drink and a bite to eat! 

The stylish Rooftop at QT offers a peak drink and dine experience in a stylish scene set with dark and moody finishes. Perched on the sixth floor, it's the perfect spot to sit and gaze out across the water. 

If you're after classic fare, Coops Corner Pub has you covered with crowd favourites from buttermilk fried chicken, Nashville chicken burgers, and frozen Margaritas. 

It makes sense to indulge in some seafood when you're by the ocean. Enter Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill. Boasting fresh seafood, fine flavours and gorgeous views, a visit here is an experience not to be missed. 

Federal and Elliot & Victoria Park 

If you're heading to an event at SkyCity Theatre, you can't get much closer than The Glass GooseWander up the hidden staircase to this intimate bar and eatery to enjoy a drink and graze through shared small plates. 

The Victoria Park area is a short stroll away from SkyCity and home to some well-loved bars. The Birdcage Tavern is a must for gin-lovers. Or, check out La Zeppa for their flavoursome Mediterranean street food 

Rooftop bars

Last updated: 23 February 2024