As winter settles in finding a cosy spot to grab a drink is the ideal way to spend a brisk evening in the city. From intimate settings (appropriately spaced), to roaring fires and cosy spots with outstanding views this list will take you on a journey through some of the city centre's most exciting and cosy little bars.

XuXu Dumpling Bar | Cnr of Galway Street and Commerce Street 

Step through the doors of this enchanting little bar and sit down to an intimate night of fragrant cocktails and delicious South-East Asian inspired dishes. A sister restaurant to the beloved Cafe Hanoi, XuXu’s is a foliage lined space waiting for you to explore.

Tommy's Champagne Parlour | Seafearers Building, Britomart  

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Searching for champagne heaven? We've found it! Tommys Champagne Parlour is a champagne lover's heaven and the perfect place for those looking for a new and intimate spot for drinks with friends, to bring a date, to toast a celebration or relax with colleagues. Oozing elegance, sophistication and comfort all in one and located on the sixth floor of the Seaferers Building in Britomart, Tommy's is home to more than 10 champagnes by the flute and 30+ varietals. It also provides a full bar and a menu of their own specialty sparkling cocktails, as well as small plates. 

Caretaker | 40 Roukai Lane

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Below the ground level of Roukai Lane hides a cocktail bar of unique charm and cool ambience. Caretaker takes table service to the next level – discuss flavour profiles, favourite spirits and fruits with your bartender and sit back as they prepare you a one-of-a-kind beverage. Reminiscent of speakeasies of the past, this dimly lit bar with beautifully arranged leather seating is cosy in all the right ways.

Housebar | Hotel Debrett, 2 High Street

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This Art Deco style cocktail bar is located on the first floor of Hotel Debrett and serves classically inspired drinks as well as boutique beers and wines. Enjoy the luxury of the hotel without a room booking as you relax in velvet chairs next to the fireplace and are waited on by the excellent staff.

Mo’s | Cnr of Federal and Wolfe Street

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Catch up with friends at this classic after work watering hole and enjoy the personal atmosphere of Mo’s. This laid-back bar has a community feel and employs some of the best bartenders in the city. Grab a quick drink or settle in for a night of unique cocktails.

Fukuko | 43 Tyler Street

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Reflecting the excitement of Britomart, Fukuko is Tyler Street’s best little bar to grab a drink and a snack. As the little brother to Ebisu, Fukuko has an equally impressive snack menu as it does beverage list. This bar offers a classic refreshingly cosy feel with hidden elements of Japanese culture.

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

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This unique Imperial Lane bar designed by Paul Izzard strikes the balance between chic and comfort. Relax in this welcoming space and experience the excellent service provided by the staff as you sip away on one of the 600 whiskeys or 350+ gins The Jefferson has on offer.

John and May's | Vulcan Lane

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Think Art Deco and a speakeasy in the twenties, that's the atmosphere you can find at John and May's.This modern,and chic bar serves hand crafted and innovative drink designs. Our favourites: Jewel of Waiheke, The girl from Khaosan and Doctor Strangelove just to new a few.

Little Culprit | 151 Wyndham St

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Situated on the corner of Queen and Wyndham Streets, directly across the road from Metro Top 50 Restaurant Culprit, Little Culprit is a perfect place to slow down, relax and sip on delicious cocktails, beautiful wine and scrumptious bites. The atmosphere is cosy and sophisticated. Make sure to get their platter to share to accompany your drinks.


Last updated: 27 May 2020