Whether you are on an exciting first date, or trying to impress friends from out of town, this list will help you to find the coolest hidden bars in Auckland city centre.  


Caretaker | Roukai Lane

Below the ground level of Roukai Lane hides a cocktail bar of unique charm and cool ambience - Caretaker. Reminiscent of speakeasies of the past, this dimly lit bar with beautifully arranged leather seating is cosy in all the right ways. 


La Fuente

La Fuente | Snickel Lane, 23 Customs St E

Located in the quaint and utterly 'gram-worthy Snickel Lane, La Fuente is the first bar in New Zealand to dedicate itself to mezcal, the national spirit of Mexico. Sip slowly to savour the flavours whilst enjoying La Fuente’s generous selection of traditional Mexican dishes with a twist, such as ceviche and salmon tostaditas. 


Panacea | 23 O'Connell Street

Hidden away on O'Connell Street, this new bar serves delicious, inventive small-batch cocktails. Featuring an ever-changing menu of cocktails using locally sourced ingredients that are gathered fresh each morning.



The Cellar Bar | 204 Quay Street

The Cellar Bar located beneath Danny Doolan’s, blends Irish charm with underground sophistication. Ideal for private celebrations, it boasts a full bar, diverse drink options, and customizable catering. Experience iconic energy and vibrant atmosphere here.


Rocketman | 40 Customs St E

The team behind Caretaker & Deadshot has unveiled their latest creation - Rocketman, a whimsical party bar that refuses to take life too seriously. Rocketman, an homage to retro-futurism, welcomes you to a departure lounge where escapism knows no bounds. 

Interior of a bar

Seoul Night | 16 Fort St

Be transported to the neon lights of downtown Seoul on your next night out when you go to Seoul Night. Easy to mistake as simply a vending machine, when you make your way down the stairs you will enter an incredible underground basement with an extensive menu of crispy pork belly, fried chicken, and bulgogi

Last updated: 19 January 2024