Is it 6pm or 2am? Enter this dark and cosy bar to lose track of time and enjoy some of Auckland’s finest cocktails.

45 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn



This neighbourhood wine bar does double duty as a daytime coffee and sandwich spot, with excellent small plates and an interesting wine selection at night.

277 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Bar Celeste


Inspired by the vibrant and jolly neo-bistros of Paris, this date-ready wine bar is worth visiting for the food alone. Its seasonal shared plates are simple yet full-flavoured – think whole flounder with brown butter and sourdough with anchovies and burrata.

146b Karangahape Road, Auckland

Madame George


Enjoy punchy Peruvian flavours at this fun and lively bar and restaurant. It serves great cocktails and the food is a drawcard all of its own.

490 Karangahape Road, Auckland



You’re almost guaranteed to taste something totally new at this bookings-only bar that’s modelled on a typical chefs-table degustation.

235 Parnell Road, Parnell

Hotel Ponsonby


Come for the sun-trapping courtyard and polished yet comfortable pub vibes. Stay for the excellent food.

1 Saint Marys Road, Ponsonby

Freida Margolis


This unpretentious neighbourhood bar is charming and relaxed, a welcoming go-to for a lowkey drink.

440 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn

Little Culprit


Culprit’s jazzy little brother across the street is just as sophisticated but comes in a smaller package. Graze on local seafood or late-night fries in the moody lounge, or linger in the grand dispensary and watch the bartender stir your miso Old Fashioned.

151 Queen Street (corner of Wyndham), Auckland

East St Hall


This multifaceted bar, restaurant, club and events space will just as happily host you for a dance as it will a chill drink and pizza.

5 East Street, Auckland