Auckland city centre is bustling with plenty of amazing bars to check out, whether you're after an after work drink, a night out with mates or a place to catch the game live. Here we list the best spots to check out that boast great vibes, open air and epic views. 

NEO | Inside Queens Arcade, 34/40 Queen Street

Cafe exterior

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.

The Churchill | Inside the Four Points by Sheraton, Level 20, 396 Queen Street 

The Churchill

Specialising in gin with a view, The Churchill, Auckland’s highest rooftop bar has just opened on Queen Street on the 20th floor of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. The Churchill offers panoramic views of the city, stylish surroundings and a carefully curated beverage selection sure to satisfy the most discerning drinker. This cosy bar is the ideal spot for an after work drink, a pre-show aperitif or an evening get together, to drink in the views and enjoying delicious and refreshing concoctions. 

La Zeppa | 33 Drake St

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 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 Auckland 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.

TomTom Bar and Eatery | 27 Drake Street 

Unwind and relax on a hot summers night at TomTom Bar and Eatery. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the largest rooftop deck in Auckland. With an outstanding Asian and Kiwi inspired menu and a list of delicious house made cocktails and craft beers it’s no wonder why this place is hot spot during the summer months.

HI-SO | 67 Customs Street Easter 

Located on the 16th floor of S/O Auckland’s luxury hotel is the HI-SO rooftop bar. Boasting incredible sweeping views across the Waitemata harbour and Rangitoto island, HI-SO is the ideal place to grab a drink with a friend and watch the sunset.

Saint Alice | 204 Quay Street 

Check out the Viaduct Harbour’s latest bar and restaurant 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.

The Parasol & Swing Company | 204 Quay Street 

Visit Industry award winning cocktail bar, Parasol and swing company 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 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.

Last updated: 10 March 2020