Happy hour – the time of day you get to sit back and enjoy some brilliant drinks and snacks. We have done our research to bring you this list of the best happy hours in the city centre, so you can treat yourself at the end of a long workday.
Talulah, Britomart above The Chamberlain | $10 cocktails, 4pm-7pm Happy Hour
Escape to a tropical South Pacific paradise with Britomart's Talulah, a modern take on tiki bars. Visit during their Tiki Time happy hour every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4pm and 7pm to score yourself an awesome deal on their delicious Pacific-inspired cocktails.
Snack recommendation: hot fried chicken served with secret sauce and lemon, $18.
The Crab Shack | $5 Beer & Wine, $10 Cocktails | Shed 22 Princes Wharf
The Crab Shack on Princes Wharf should be the next choice for your Happy Hour drinks, with its relaxed vibe and a variety of tasty cocktails and beers to quench your thirst. From 4-7pm, sip on $5 beer and wine, or try their selection of $10 cocktails. The deal is too good to pass up, especially when paired alongside fresh seafood delights.
Snack recommendation: salt and pepper squid rings with paprika mayo and lemon, $18.
Everybody’s, 7 Fort Lane, 'The Happiest Hours on Earth' | Monday to Saturday, 4pm-7pm
Everybody's is an ideal spot to meet up with people coming from different parts of town. There's plenty of epic happy hour offers on Monday to Saturday from 4pm-7pm as well as platters and small bites great for catch ups. $6 wines and $6 beers.
Snack recommendation: peking duck pancakes with cucumber, cabbage, dukkah and cherry sauce, $18.
Mexican Café, 67 Victoria St, $9 Margaritas | Daily, 5pm-7pm
Say adios to that busy day at work as you make your way to The Mexican Cafe for some great daily deals. Grab yourself a table and sip on a $9 Margarita, as you enjoy some sharing plates that are no more than $11 for the nachos and $11 for the devil fries. If you are more of a taco kind of person, order yourself a taco from just $9.
Snack recommendation: quesadillas antojitos, $5 (cheese, onion, diced jalapeños, refried beans and your choice of filling grilled between two flour tortillas. Served as wedges with sides of salsa crudo and sour cream.)
Coley & Punch | Early evening menu | 139 Quay St
Situated on the glistening waterfront, Coley & Punch is a bar where you go if you want to sip on impeccably made cocktails in the afternoon sun. Their Early Evening Menu features drink specials available from 4pm - 7pm daily, including a $7 G&T of the week and $7 wine and beer. Take a group of people along with you and you can be sure there will be something to satisfy everyone.
Snack recommendation: chicken liver pâté, pickled cherries, pistachio served with toasted sourdough, $18.
O’Hagans Irish Pub, 103 Customs St W | $27 jugs from 3-6pm
Dine amongst the trimmed hedges of O’Hagans, and order a jug of beer with a hearty classic meal. Everyday from 3pm to 6pm, drink a jug in the cheery and warm atmosphere of one of Auckland’s most authentic Irish pubs.
Snack recommendation: buffalo wings, a dozen deep fried chicken wings coated in spicy buffalo sauce, celery sticks and creamy blue cheese dressing, $19.95.
Huami Bar, 87 Federal St, $10 gins | Daily, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Tucked behind a bamboo screen on Federal Street, Huami Bar offers a sanctuary in the heart of the bustling inner city precinct. Pop by to try out one of the 40+ premium gins for $12 all day, every day or pop in during Happy Hour between 5.30-7.30pm and all gins are down to $10.
Snack recommendation: manuka honey glazed char siew pork bao, $9 (3pieces).
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, 7 Sale St, Dollar Dogs | Every Wednesday
Who would turn down Sweat Shop's great atmosphere, awesome music, and their fantastic happy (or hoppy) hour deals? On Wednesdays, enjoy $1 hot dogs with every drinks purchase until 4pm. What a steal!
Snack recommendation: cheesy pizza bread, $14.9.
Holey Moley, 204 Quay Street, various deals | From 4pm to 7pm Monday to Wednesday
Providing Instagram-worthy backdrops and drool-worthy treats, Holey Moley is perfect for a unique, hilarious night out with friends. Enjoy $5 spirits, $5 or $6 wine, $10 cocktails, $5 French fries, two for one golf and two for one visors! Available from 4pm - 7pm Monday-Wednesday at Holey Moley.
Snack recommendation: coconut crumbed prawns served with cos lettuce, Mary Rose sauce, chilli, lemon, avocado and radish, $20.
Dr Rudi's, level 2/204 Quay Street, $5 happy hour | Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 7pm
If you're looking for a fun place to relax and unwind with some cold beers and a breathtaking view of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour then you have to check out Dr. Rudi's Beer Brewing Co. Enjoy four of the happiest hours you’ll find, 3pm to 7pm. Snacks like fries, polenta sticks are all $5. Drink wise you can choose between house beer, cider, wine and bubbles. Available Monday to Thursday.
Snack recommendation: prosciutto, rocket leaves, parmesan cheese and mozzarella pizza, $26.
The Wreck, Auckland Fish Market, from $7 | Weekdays, 4pm to 6pm
Inside the iconic Auckland Fish Market you can find many eateries and a bar, called The Wreck. Enjoy $7 house spirits, $7 house wines, $7 house beer and $8 Moa beer of the day, $8 mulled wine, located at the Auckland Fish Market courtyard.
Snack recommendation: freshly shucked oysters from Billypot, $4 each or $40 a dozen.
The Chamberlain, 52 Tyler Street, wine specials | Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 4pm to 7pm
If you’re looking for a great place to catch up with your friends over a drink or two, look no further! The Chamberlain has an amazing vibe and some great happy hours. They have wine specials (small glass $7, large glass $12 and $35 a bottle of sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and pinot noir). Plus many deals on their premium craft beers.
Snack recommendation: Chamberlain spicy fries, $7.
The Fiddler, 71 Victoria Street West | Everyday from 4pm to 7pm
With warm welcoming staff, an upstairs balcony and a vast selection of beers on tap The Fiddler is a staple in the Auckland pub scene. Enjoy daily happy hours from 4pm to 7pm with $8/$9 Hawkes Bay pints, $8 house spirits and wines, $8 Heineken/Corona and $8 peach bomb. Plus there is live music every night and free pool all day on Sunday.
Snack recommendation: you can grab a pizza from Hell Pizza next door and enjoy it at the bar.
R18. Host responsibility applies.