The Broken Lantern
The sister to Viaduct Harbour bar Parasol & Swing, The Broken Lantern more than makes up for any lack of a water aspect with its generous capacity and textured tavern-like feel.
You could sit street-side at the front or opt for the hidden, sun-trapping courtyard out the back. The 102-seat indoor space between them offers plenty of options for both large groups and more intimate hangouts.
Exposed bricks, concrete and indoor trees make for an eclectic, gritty fit-out, with an impressive backlit bar curving into the wall. Owners Jason Rosen, Adam Neal and Oliver Fitton commission ever-changing artists in residence so there are several artworks around the place.
They also switch up the bar and kitchen menu seasonally, all tying in together. When they opened in late 2021, it was Spanish and South American; for winter 2022, it was Nordic.
Whatever the theme, original and high quality cocktails are a focus here, often leaning towards whisky and gin bases. You’ll also find local craft beers on draught and both New Zealand and international wines that favour organic and low-intervention methods.
To eat, there’s a selection of indulgent bar food such as tray-baked pizzas, fries, cheeseburger spring rolls, fried chicken and a smashburger – along with whatever the seasonal specials are.
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