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11 Awesome Bars in Auckland

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Where to go for a drink in Auckland.

Auckland is usually the first place backpackers arrive after an excruciatingly long flight. We think that deserves a responsible amount of alcoholic beverages. To pick out a good spot for a full-on party night or a quiet drink, we have compiled a list of awesome bars in Auckland.

From backpacker bars to historic pubs, we’ve tried to cover all bases with this list of bars in Auckland. But remember, New Zealand is pretty strict on valid ID to purchase alcohol, so have a look at What ID is Valid for Buying Alcohol in New Zealand? After a wild night out, get to your hostel or flat safely with Auckland Cab Fare: Taxi Prices in Auckland.

For a complete guide with less pretty pictures, visit: Guide to Auckland Nightlife.

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Home of the teapots and backpacker nights. Every Tuesday, be in with the chance of winning a skydive, bungy jump, rafting and bus pass in the raffle! There are other themed nights, such as Saturday Sick Disco and Wednesday Teenage Kicks, as well as local indie bands and DJs.

Location: 9 Vulcan Lane, just off Queen Street.
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2. Danny Doolans

The token Irish bar. As a great Irish bar should, it has great live music. There is a live act every night from 8.30pm, so there is no excuse to miss out. Danny Doolans is your best late-night choice on the Auckland Viaduct.

Location: 204 Quay Street, Auckland Viaduct.

3. Snapdragon

Not only does it have a cool name, but this bar has a classy 1930s vintage style. There are two levels to enjoy: the top level where the party happens overlooking the Viaduct Harbour and the ground floor lounge and main bar area. Make sure to sample a tasty cocktail and check out the live DJ sets.

Location: 204 Quay Street, Auckland Viaduct

4. Bungalow 8

The tropics come to Auckland in Bungalow 8! With palm trees, tropical plants and raving fish in tanks, Bungalow 8 gets 10/10 for creativity. Resident DJs play electro and house.

Location: Corner of Market Place & Customs Street West, near the Auckland Viaduct.
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5. Ponsonby Social Club

There’s always some kind of live performance from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Otherwise, you can enjoy a pint with friends in a rather classy spot.

Location: 152 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

6. Blue Stone Room

The oldest commercial building in the city centre, the Blue Stone Room is truly a hidden gem. Find it down a back alley off Queens Street. Book early if you’re keen on the popular quiz night!

Location: 9-11 Durham Lane, off Queen Street.
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7. Studio the Venue

A multi-level bar and live music venue in one. Replace crowded concert hall floors and awesome music with a comfortable bar and awesome music.

Location: 340 Karangahape Road, also known as K’ road.


8. Northern Steamship

As a Mac’s Brewbar (one of New Zealand’s famous beers), you can taste from a selection of Mac’s beers on tap. Plus, the bar defies the laws of gravity by having floor lamps hanging from the ceiling.

Location: 122 Quay St, Britomart.


Probably one of the most iconic Auckland bars, Ink Bar is the mecca of the house and techno scene in Auckland and perhaps New Zealand altogether. If you are after an epic night with a super open-minded crowd, this is defo’ the place to be. The bar is open only on Fridays and Saturdays but stays open until 4am.

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Location: 268 Karangahape Rd

10. Hello Sunshine

Up a lift and through a hostel, you wouldn’t expect to meet the glory of a rooftop bar with an incredible view of the Sky Tower! A hidden gem worth finding.

Location: Base Backpackers, 4 Darby Street, Queen Street

11. The Camel Bar

A backpacker bar with reasonably priced drinks and food. Plus, it is the first stop on the Frenzi Bar Crawl every Thursday night! Only NZ$10 for four bars and four drinks. It also features on our Cheap Eats in Auckland.

Location: 38 Fort Street.

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