Auckland city centre is bustling with plenty of amazing bars to check out for an after work drink catch up with friends or colleagues. Here we list the best spots to check out that boast great vibes, open air and epic views. 

La Zeppa | 33 Drake St

La Zeppa

After a hard days work why not join some friends for a drink at La Zeppa. Try some of their mediterranean style tapas and one of their cocktail creations while you enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere and the deck overlooking the beautiful Victoria Park.

Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co. | 204 Quay Street

Dr Rudis

Dr Rudi’s is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Perch up on their terrace, soak up the sun and enjoy stunning views of the glistening Viaduct Harbour, whilst listening to cool blues and rock and roll from one of their live performing acts. Not only does the bar have great vibes but they also have tasty sharing platters and amazing brews making it a popular local hang out.

Saint Alice | 204 Quay Street 

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Saint Alice

Check out Viaduct Harbour’s Saint Alice, for some stunning sea views. The sun soaked eatery has a locally inspired menu with plenty of kia moana on offer - perfect for sharing. Order a refreshing beverage from their extensive drinks menu and relax in this beautiful space.

Rooftop at QT | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue

Rooftop at QT 6

Perched above it all on the sixth floor of the QT Auckland, Rooftop at QT offers a peak drink and dine experience flowing from laid back afternoons to lavish late nights. Grab a cocktail and a bite to eat - the food takes cues from Esther's Mediterranean-inspired menu and is perfect for sharing. 

The Parasol & Swing Company | 204 Quay Street 


Visit Industry award winning cocktail bar, Parasol and Swing for a drink and some of the best views in Auckland. Soak up some of those long hours of summer sunshine and order from their exquisite drinks menu featuring some of New Zealand’s best craft beer, carefully selected wines, and bespoke house made cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients.

The Glass Goose | 78 Federal Street 

The Glass Goose

The Glass Goose rooftop bar and restaurant is perched at the top of a hidden staircase tucked away on Federal Street. Pop in for a drink and a bite to eat while you kick back on their rooftop bar, designed to look like a garden greenhouse with views of the magnificent Auckland Sky Tower. This oasis is the perfect escape from the city’s bustle.

NEO | Inside Queens Arcade, 34/40 Queen Street

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NEO is on the first floor of Queen’s Arcade, one of Auckland’s heritage malls. With a provenance in both Swedish and French Bistro style cookery, NEO's menu celebrates the similarities provincial Mediterranean and Scandinavian cuisines share. Simple, homely food. We love  the gorgeous interiors and sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine.

Last updated: 01 December 2021