Meeting up with friends for drinks or dinner is the best way to relax after a long work day and Auckland City has plenty of excellent eateries and bars that are often hidden from plain sight. From Japanese and Korean restaurants to Belgian beer cafes, pubs, late night cafes and whiskey bars, we know where all the best after work spots are in the city centre.

Kura Sake Bar | 315B Queen Street 

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Have a wonderful Japanese dining experience at Kura, tucked away on Queen Street. The restaurant serves authentic Japanese food with a contemporary twist, and has a large selection of Japanese sake and beer, which comes as no surprise as the restaurant is named Kura meaning ‘Sake Brewery’ or ‘warehouse’ in Japanese. Stop by this hidden gem for a truly unique experience.

Tabac | 6 Mills Ln

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Tabac Bar is nestled in the back streets towards downtown and is a great place to go for a few drinks after work. Enjoy the ambient rustic surroundings of this cosy bar, and choose from their wide selection of cocktails, beer and wine. Stop by on a Tuesday at 8pm and be entertained by the comedy show that will have you in hysterics. This tucked-away bar has a lot to offer and is guaranteed to be a good time.

The Occidental | 6-8 Vulcan Lane 

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Meet up with the crew for a few Belgian beers at The Occidental after work. The Belgian Beer Cafe, situated down Vulcan Lane, offers an authentic Belgian experience. They serve an array of Belgian beer and delicious traditional cuisine along with a few pub classics. Try their famous mussel platter or signature steaming mussel pot, they are not to be missed.

Vulture’s Lane | 10 Vulcan Lane 

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Vulture’s Lane is another great spot for after-work drinks on Vulcan Lane. Grab some delicious pub snacks from the menu and take your pick of beer from the 22 different, ever changing beers on tap, and over 75 bottles stocked up in the fridge. You’ll feel right at home in this ol’ English style pub right in the heart of Auckland city.

Seoul Night | 16-20 Fort Street 

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Hidden behind two big vending machine doors on Auckland’s Fort Lane is Seoul Night Korean Restaurant. Experience a speak-easy style of dining in this underground eatery. Inspired by Seoul nightlife, the restaurant is lit up with neon lights and serves an incredible range of delightful drinks and tasty Korean food designed to be shared. It is sure to be very unique dining experience.

The Bluestone Room | 9-11 Durham Lane 

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Unwind from a hard day of work with a beer and a quality meal at The Bluestone Room. This bar, restaurant and function venue is located in a beautifully restored heritage building nestled amongst Auckland city’s high rise buildings. With a magical atmosphere, a selection of craft beer and plenty of tasty pub favourites on the menu, it will be the ultimate Gastropub experience.

Mezze Bar | 9 Durham Street 

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Escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city center and visit the oasis that is Mezze Bar. Feel at home in this casual eatery and order from their selection of delicious tapas and mezze, perfectly complemented with a glass of wine from their drinks menu. For desert, try one of their legendary cakes and a cup of barista made coffee, a great end to a fantastic night out.

The Jefferson | Imperial Building, Basement Level, 7 Fort Lane 

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Go to The Jefferson and try some of their exquisite whiskey. 600 different types of whisky as well as more than 300 gins fill the shelves of this speakeasy style establishment, so prepare to be taken on a journey through bespoke bourbons, unique blends and devine single malts. Arrange a tasting for your group or just show up and try Auckland’s finest selection of whiskey and gins, It won’t disappoint.

Last updated: 23 July 2019