Show some appreciation to your BFF this National Best Friends Day by taking them out for a fun filled day in the Heart of the City. We’ve compiled a list of the best ways to spend an evening with your best group of friends. From a selection of bars and eateries to more adventurous activities, make this National Best Friends Day one to remember.

John and May's

Have a drink and snacks at John and May’s | 1-12 Vulcan Lane

An ode to Auckland’s drinking history and two of its most important figures, the high-end cocktail bar John and May’s is an ideal spot to hunker down on Best Friends day with your closest pals. The impressive cocktail list stands out as one of the best in Auckland and the curated and heartwarming food menu is both decadent and delicious. For an even more grandiose cocktail experience, hire out the bar’s parlour for a more personal and private affair.

Odyssey Maze

Visit the Odyssey Sensory Maze | 297 Queen St

Get lost in the amazing adventure of the Odyssey Sensory Maze. With quirky obstacles and challenges, visual illusions and strange sensations, this unforgettable experience is a unique and fun way to spend the day with your bestie.

XuXu Dumpling Bar


Enjoy some delicious dumplings and drinks from XuXu Dumpling Bar | Cnr Galway Street & Commerce Street

Nestled in the hustle and bustle of Britomart sits the contemporary dumping bar Xuxu. Grab a group of friends and perch at one of their outdoor garden tables for an evening of smoking hot dumplings and creative cocktails all in the company of your best friends. 

Coin singing booth

Sing your heart out at the Coin Singing booth | 47 Chancery Square 

Sing your heart out this Best Friends Day at Chancery Square’s Coin Singing booth. As the name suggests, this coin operated karaoke bar is the perfect place to let your emotions loose. With thousands of feel good songs to choose from, we suggest you start with No Scrubs by TLC to get the night started. This hidden singing spot is open from 12pm-midnight and stays open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Neon lights

Try your hand at an exciting game of mini golf, or head upstairs for an afternoon of karaoke at Holey Moley

Practice your putting skills during a game of mini golf at Holey Moley | 204 Quay St

You don’t have to qualify for a PGA tour to get a kick out of a round of mini golf, and Holey Moley is no exception. Tee off with some friends for a night of novel entertainment, delicious drinks and some of the most creative mini golf holes we’ve ever played. Even if you lack coordination or mini golf isn’t your thing, we assure you that the multi-sensory maze of Holey Moley promises an evening of memorable fun.


Grab dinner in Wynyard Quarter at Besos Latinos Ceviche Bar | Halsey Street 

Celebrate friendship with a delicious meal filled with the flavours of Latin America at Besos Latinos. Tucked away in Wynyard Quarter, it offers an amazing Latin American culinary experience for its diners. Besos Latinos Ceviche Bar is specialized in Latin American seafood and is the first Ceviche Bar in Auckland where you will find different styles of fresh made Ceviche among other Latin American dishes like the Besos Latinos Tacos, Cactus Quesadilla, Tuna Tostada or the Angus Beef steak with Chipotle Butter - Yum!


Hazelnut S'mores Belgian Waffles
Image credit: Oko Dessert Kitchen Instagram page

Indulge in some sweet treats | Various locations

If you are looking for a sweet way to spend Best Friends Day, pop into one of the many tasty dessert specialists in our city centre. We were having trouble choosing just one dessert place to suggest for you, so we've noted down a few for inspiration: 

  • Chocolate Mousse Log from The Gateau House
  • Raspberry Chocolate Truffles from Bohemein Fresh Chocolates
  • Berry Rocky Road cupcakes from Delish Cupcakes
  • Creme Brûlée (with Heilala Vanilla, Raspberry, Peach, Lavender & Caramelised White chocolate) from Miann Britomart
  • Hazelnut S’mores Belgian Waffle with vanilla brownie ice cream⁣ (made with toasted caramel marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chocolate crumble and dark chocolate hazelnut sauce) from Oko Dessert Kitchen
Last updated: 05 June 2020