Whether you're looking to catch up or wind down with friends, family or workmates, the city centre has you sorted with lively bars and a thriving nightlife scene. From intimate underground cocktail bars to open air rooftops boasting waterfront views, there's something happening for every mood and occasion.
Meet the newest kids on the block
Norma Taps | City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St
Tucked away in City Works Depot, Norma Taps has popped up! From the team behind Honest drinks, Norma Taps embodies the fusion of sustainability and innovation, heralding a revolutionary era of eco-conscious indulgence. At Norma Taps, everything is on tap! Their commitment to eliminating single-use bottles not only reduces waste and expedites service but also delivers unparalleled quality across their handcrafted cocktails, premium spirits, craft beers, wines, and non-alcoholic options. In collaboration with the creative minds behind Passa Passa, the menu showcases exquisite Italian cuisine and delectable bar snacks that perfectly complement the bar's innovative ethos.
Rocketman | 40 Customs St E, Britomart
If you're a fan of Briomart's Caretaker & Pnsonby's Deadshot bars, you need to check this place out. Rocketman, a homage to retro-futurism, welcomes you to a departure lounge where escapism knows no bounds. A touch of madness and a hint of mischief await within, and they've stored away a few surprises to ensure that your visit is nothing short of a blast - expect 90s hip hop tunes with a dash of disco and live jazz nights on Saturdays from 8pm. Whether it's whisky tastings or cocktail masterclasses, this bar has got you covered. And for those seeking a bit of privacy, there's Ms Kitty's Parlour, a hidden karaoke haven!!
Gilt | 2 Chancery St
Gilt is an all-day inner-city brasserie that recently opened in the Chancery Chambers by restaurateurs Josh and Helen Emett. Head in for drinks over lunch, stay for dinner! Gilt is your home away from home and is designed to take patrons from day to night, weekday to weekend. "Gilt is a place where you come for a long lunch and stay until dinner, as much as a place where you can grab a hand crafted deli sandwich to takeaway, or simply unwind with a martini at the bar" - Josh Emett. Speaking of unwinding at the bar, make sure to try the Gilt Sgroppino - perfect for summer with seasonal fruit sorbet, vodka and prosecco.