Introducing Stirred Down Chat: A captivating series showcasing Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest bars and bartenders. Join Kākāpō Distillery as they sit down with industry luminaries, engaging in candid conversations that reveal the inner workings of their journey into the world of bartending. They’re spilling the beans on how they got into the game, what ignites Auckland city centre's bar scene, the unforgettable camaraderie of the cocktail community, and of course how they whip up mind-blowing drinks.

Stirred Down Chat is your gateway to understanding and celebrating the remarkable talent and knowledge that shape Tāmaki Makaurau’s bar culture. So take a seat, raise your glass, and let’s toast to the stories, skills, and most importantly people that make this industry what it is.

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Caretaker with Alastair

Join Alistair, as he fashions the timeless Puritan Cocktail infused with none other than our Kākāpō Mānuka Honey and Elderflower Gin, whilst unveiling the secrets of the mixology world. Read more, here

Ahi with Larissa and Rawiri

It’s no secret here in Aotearoa, we produce some of the finest ingredients in the world, which is why Ahi embraces local Kiwi suppliers and ingredients to create their finest beverages. The team even sources their organic ingredients from their own garden located in the picturesque South of Auckland, showcasing the restaurant’s commitment to offering a versatile menu year-round! Read more, here.

Bar Albert with Johan

Picture this: a cosy atmosphere with low ceilings, art deco-inspired decor, and an expansive open-air deck boasting panoramic views of the city skyline. It’s a night you wouldn’t want to miss, where elegance meets glamour, and every moment is steeped in sophistication. Read more, here.

Panacea with Theo

Step into the hidden world of Panacea, where your senses will be awakened to a palette of flavours. Inspired by the Greek word meaning, ‘the cure for everything’, Panacea invites you into a “safe space” to savour their unique concoctions, perfectly crafted by Theo and Danny, as your cocktail cravings are now in good hands.

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Last updated: 18 October 2023