Founded around two massive harbors, Auckland is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island—a place to which tourists regularly flock to see all the majesty this wonderful country has to offer. A visitor’s haven, Auckland has many things to do and see within its borders, including some of the best bars in the Southern Hemisphere. Many guests travel to the center of this grand city, where they’ll find the emblematic Sky Tower. The large tower provides breathtaking views of the Viaduct Harbor—a port which is always bustling with super-yachts and a place that is simply loaded with tasty cafes and splendid bars.
In the following article we will highlight some of the awesome bars and nightspots in Auckland, New Zealand, and do our best to describe the interesting and unique characteristics that make each of them so popular among both locals and tourists.
Spitting Feathers Pub
If you’re looking for a great beer pub in downtown Auckland, and a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of that environment, head to the Spitting Feathers Pub to enjoy your choice of terrific ales, beers and lagers. The Spitting Feathers Pub is what is known in the country as a “freehouse,” and while these types of establishments are rare in Auckland, the Spitting Feathers Pub artfully fulfills the premise of what a freehouse is also about.
By definition, a freehouse is a (British-styled) pub that is owned independently of the breweries that supply it. And by going with this model, the Spitting Feathers Pub seeks to provide its patrons with the all benefits it offers, with “no brewery ties, no corporation determining staff or what you can or cannot drink.” Their ultimate goal here seems to be a no nonsense approach to its offerings, with simple and friendly service and decent beer that can be enjoyed by one and all.
The comfort level at the Spitting Feathers Pub is off the charts, as the bar offers plenty of “bar leaners,” tables and couches, as a well as a small covered outdoor space that is ideal for those warm summer evenings. Although not a romantic bar, the Spitting Feathers Pub is the ideal destination for parties, get-togethers and business meetings over a cold pint.
The space in which the Spitting Feathers Pub does business was once the Wyndham Street Bowling Club; transformed to its current state after a fire gutted the building. It was created nearly three years ago and has been designed with the sole purpose to drink “proper pints, proper beers and enjoy what bars are supposed to be about.” The décor and general simplicity of Spitting Feathers truly complement this ambition. Without distinct British imagery blanketing the bar, it’s about as close as you can get to an English pub, with a contemporary touch.
The Spitting Feathers Pub offers a wide range of terrific food and drinks, including $6 tap pints all weekend and Thirsty Thursdays, on which they offer a range of discounts on beer and food. The tap beer includes a range unfamiliar to most Aucklanders, with British favorites like Carlsberg and Carling available.
Montage Lounge Bar
The Montage Lounge Bar is one of the most popular destinations for both locals and tourists who are visiting the city. It is situated in the Point Chevalier shops, and its bartenders and hosts serve up some of the finest classic and contemporary cocktails, including a wide range of signature drinks.
If you love music, you will feel right at home at the Montage, as the bar hosts acoustic evenings, with live duos and trios playing a range of musical styles. The Montage also regularly hosts events, such as art exhibitions and private parties. The staff here is warm, friendly, patient and helpful, and the servers are super attentive to their collective tables. Some food is also offered at the Montage, such as cheese plates, and the local New Zealand wine list is to die for.
Located at 48 Customs Street in Auckland, the Orleans is one of the coolest lounges, restaurants and performance venues in the city. It is also a wonderful place in which to relax, enjoy a superb beer, wine or cocktail, and enjoy the music.
The live music offered at the bar ranges from blues and soul to jazz, effectively transporting visitors to a simpler time on the streets of New Orleans. A great place for an evening out with your sweetheart, the Orleans delivers on every level.
The name of the 1885 bar is a reference to the year the historic Stanbeth House was founded, but don’t let the name fool you. Everything about the 1885 bar and lounge is fresh, modern and utterly stylish, from the décor to the drinks they serve to the friendly well-dressed staff. Here beer from around the world, local wines and cool cocktails are all on the menu, as are some very tasty grub options.
The décor of the multi-level 1885 Bar reflects a modern, 21st century flair—a flair which includes a combination of silky dark-leather seats with rustic brickwork throughout the building and dim lighting to add to the mood, all of which creates a casual yet sleek atmosphere. 1885 features some of Auckland’s coolest DJs on weekends and during the week, so be sure to check their website each week to see who’s playing.
In a bar that offers a clever combination of modern style and rustic, old-world charm, Revelry is perhaps best known for its 19th century furniture and Asian-inspired motifs. Located at 106 Ponsonby Road, in the front of the Ponsonby Restaurant, this unique bar regularly attracts a mix of clientele looking to relax and unwind with a great glass of wine or signature Revelry cocktail. The bar also offers a diverse selection of exquisite and sophisticated dishes that exhibit original flavor combinations. These must be tasted with either one of the elegant cocktails on offer, or one of the fantastic wines from New Zealand and around the world.