The city centre is full of great bars to choose from, perfect for heading to before or after a show, gig or other event near by. And what's even better is that during May, many have a special Cheap and Cheerful $15 offer to make the most of while you're here. Check out our ideas to make planning a great night out easier. 

Heading to a show in the Aotea Arts Quarter? Stop in at Housebar or Cornerbar at Hotel DeBrett. On the first floor, Housebar is the perfect spot for a cosy, candlelit drink. It's got a great wine list and even better Cheap and Cheerful deal for May - see below. 

Cornerbar serves an enviable list of locally sourced craft beers and New Zealand wines with a vibrant fit out and location on the corner of High Street, it's great if you're looking for somewhere with a buzz. And if pizza is on your mind, check out their Cheap and Cheerful offer below. 

Down on the waterfront, Esther Bar, Coops Corner Pub and Wynyard Pavilion are in great proximity to the ASB Waterfront Theatre making them an easy choice for a pre or post-show stop. 

Esther is one of the Viaduct’s newest restaurant and bars and has already become a favourite amongst many city-goers. Within the QT Auckland, Esther brings a slice of the Mediterranean to the city centre. This month, purchase any of their $15 or under beverages and enjoy a spread of Mediterranean tapas and bellissimo bites.

Coops Corner Pub has all your classics, with the added bonus of an incredible view out over the Viaduct Harbour. If you're hungry but not sure what you feel like, their Cheap and Cheerful offer features a selection of dishes at $15 each - think crispy onion rings and a frozen margarita, mac and cheese bites and more! 

Further down in Wynyard Quarter, all-day coffee to cocktail bar Wynyard Pavilion is always buzzing with a fun atmosphere and is great for big groups. Their Cheap & Cheerful offer includes a fried fish taco and a drink of either beer, wine or soft drink for $15 all May. 

In the Victoria Park area, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen and Brother’s Beer are your go-to. For scrummy pizzas, only $10 all May, Sweat Shop will satisfy the cravings. Margherita, pepperoni, or chicken & bacon are your options, what will you choose?

Just up the road from Sweat Shop, in City Works Depot, Brothers Beer are your authentic Southern BBQ masters. They make seriously good meat (and veggie alternatives), and have a special platter available as their Cheap & Cheerful Eats offer this May – your choice of protein (chicken wings, pork ribs or smoked tofu), Juke Slaw, a sauce of your choice and a glass of Brothers Beer Leisuretime Lager. 

Last updated: 30 April 2021