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30 of the Best Auckland Bar Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 14 May 2021
Auckland is a bustling city full of culture, nightlife and diverse food options. There are so many things to do in this beautiful city that it can be challenging to know where to start, especially when planning an event. However, there's no better place for a function than Auckland. The diverse range of bars for hire on offer means that there is something for everyone. From rooftop bars with stunning views, traditional Irish pubs or even quirky cocktail dens - there really is something for every taste. We've put together a list of the most fantastic bar venues that the city has to offer. For our complete guide to Auckland venues, click here.
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When you're looking for a bar venue in Auckland, why not look for something with a good time built right into the name? Celebrate the best day of the week any time of the week with Saturdays, an Auckland bar venue that is as flexible as it is modern. Chic, cool and available for exclusive hire, this space accommodates up to 300 guests for your Auckland event. Ideal for everything from after-work drinks to gala dinners, this Auckland venue specialises in hosting functions with flair. It was given a complete makeover in 2020, giving it a slick ambience that will match every theme, boasting polished concrete floors, custom bar and DJ setup - all the key ingredients to an awe-inspiring event. Saturdays is poised to make your function unforgettable, taking care of everything from catering to audiovisual intricacies, so you know you can't go awry with this spot.
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There's something magical about a seaside bar and eatery, which is what Wynyard Pavilion capitalises on. An all-day coffee until cocktails venue in the city centre, this Auckland bar venue combines the best of an open-air eatery with a heavenly view. Sitting on the water's edge, this space can accommodate anywhere from 50 guests to 400, offering either partial and exclusive hire of their venue for your upcoming event. Choose between a plethora of spaces for your Auckland function, including the Garden Bar, Bistro, Portside and more. Wynyard Pavilion provides mouthwatering catering, with the option of bespoke menus and beverages to pair, and is the ideal option for your event no matter the size or occasion. Their bar blends seamlessly with the rest of the venue, or it can be sectioned off for a little more exclusivity.
Good Luck Coconut
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Good Luck Coconut is a tiki bar and eatery in the heart of Auckland Central that's as thrilling as it is cool. Situated in the much-loved Wynyard Quarter, this Auckland bar venue is all about delicious eats and drinks, with some of the best cocktails in the city paired with an inspired menu. You can host up to 200 guests cocktail-style in a light-filled and flexible space - perfect for cocktail parties, dinners, and so much more. Choose between their 6 different spaces: Cocktail Cove, Tiki Courtyard, Waterfront Starboard, Waterfront Port Side, Prosecco Point, or, if you fancy it, exclusively rent out the Full Kahuna. If you're looking to host a fun and laidback event, Good Luck Coconut is the ideal Auckland venue for you. You won't find a bar venue in the city that embraces the unwinding quite like them.
Fantail & Turtle
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This is an eatery and bar venue that makes the most of its sprawling space. Fantail & Turtle boasts two bars, a community brewery, an expansive all-weather outdoor area and plenty of local taps to choose from. This Auckland bar venue is ideal for cocktail parties, dinners and more, hosting up to 200 guests and offering a seasonal sharing menu like none other. They also feature fantastic on-site catering and a drinks list that includes local craft beer, real ale, cider, over fifty wines, kombucha and more. Fantail & Turtle is a flexible and relaxed Auckland venue, ideal for your upcoming event. Their relaxed atmosphere and the myriad of areas for hire ensure that you'll find a perfect spot for whatever corporate or personal function you're looking to host.
The Lula Inn
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Nestled in downtown Auckland at the water's edge is The Lula Inn, the perfect combination of laidback luxury and flexible spaces for your upcoming function. Choose between a total of 7 spaces, including the Greenhouse, Oasis Deck, Lula Lane, Eatery, Drinkery, Harbour Eatery and Harbour Drinkery, several of which you can mix and match to suit your Auckland event. The Lula Inn has quickly become one of the city's longstanding favourites due to its prime location, supreme service and sumptuous on-site catering. This Auckland bar venue is the whole package, growing livelier as the night wanes and hosting up to 450 guests. You'll be treated to incredible drinks, dancing and plenty of laughter, promising a function like no other at their stylish bar.
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If you're after a bit of exclusivity, Side Door is the bar venue for you. Located in the heart of the city, this Auckland venue is actually a members-only bar, part of the much-loved Saturdays. This private space hosts up to 70 guests in a sleek, refined area that oozes modern charm - ideal for more intimate cocktail affairs and celebrations. You'll be adding a dose of welcome mystery to your function with this Auckland bar venue, boasting its own entry and audio setup to meet your requirements. When you want to host an inner-city event with an unparalleled air of privacy, Side Door is the only answer.
White + Wong's
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East meets West at this innovative and rejuvenating restaurant and bar, with locations to pick from in Auckland's vibrant Viaduct and Newmarket. Perfect for cocktail nights and fabulous dinners, White + Wong's can offer on-site catering tailored to your event, with a blend of street food and classic delights such as Peking duck and freshly steamed dumplings, ensuring delicious dining options as well as a colourful space to host your function. Their Viaduct location has a maximum capacity of 350 guests, great for everything from gala dinners to cocktail parties, whilst their Newmarket location fits up to 100 guests. White + Wong's is a fabulous restaurant that is sure to give your event added flavour at either location, alongside luxe bars that only add to the thrill.
Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill
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Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill is part of the illustrious Good Group. It has undergone extensive renovations since it was first opened in 1994, turning it into the gorgeous and spacious waterfront restaurant and bar venue that it is today. With local seafood and produce as the main features of their menu, Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill offers on-site catering with bespoke menus, as well as space for up to 500 standing guests (150, when seated). They are settled on Auckland's waterfront, boasting spectacular views, and have an all-weather covered deck for your use should you wish to have an indoor/outdoor flow to your event.
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Step into an unmatched level of exclusivity with Thursday, a contemporary members-only bar that doubles as a stunning venue. Located in the heart of the city on Symonds Street, this Auckland bar venue is part of the ever-creative Crave Global, filling the need for a private, polished space to hold intimate events in the city. Freshly revamped for its launch, Thursday has been modelled after a New York-style members bar, complete with brushed gold touches and moody lighting. As the name suggests, this Auckland venue is only open to its members on Thursdays; if you're a non-member looking to book it out on another day, you're in luck. Hosting up to 51 guests, Thursday invites you to leave everything behind in this underground space, cloaked in luxury and promising good times.
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Known far and wide, Hilton comes with an iconic history and offers an equally iconic view of Auckland City in every direction. This Auckland venue offers 7 multipurpose event spaces, all bathed in natural light and equipped with a gorgeous sundeck. The Hilton can host up to 700 of your guests, lending any event hosted an air of seamless luxury and success alongside its impressive name. As a bar venue, their space, Bellini, makes the most of their prime location on the water's edge. Creative cocktails, a seaside backdrop, and impeccable service ensure that this is one of the most excellent bar venues Auckland offers. From floor-to-ceiling windows, private classes with Bellini's mixologists, bespoke menus and more, this Auckland venue is here to set the gold standard of bars.
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Featuring dazzling ocean views and a fresh menu, Ostro is a Brasserie and Bar on the water's cusp famed for its inspired, locally sourced menu with a seasonal edge. This restaurant and bar venue offers tranquil views of Waitemata Harbour and Takutai square, as well as a liberal mix of outdoor and indoor seating for a breezy flow between the views and the contemporary interior. Ostro can host anywhere from 20 to 150 guests for events such as cocktail parties, delicious dinners, private lunches, and so much more. The dedicated team at this Auckland bar venue will help you to plan and organise a function as seamless as their service.
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Welcome to the home of the finest whiskies in Auckland. The Jefferson resides in the heart of Auckland City. This Auckland bar venue offers 3 separate spaces for functions, catering for up to 150 guests, and is available for both partial and exclusive hire. They offer several beverage packages for your guests, as well as a carefully tailored catering option served cocktail-style throughout the night. With a full bar on-site, as well as the choice of whiskey tastings, The Jefferson makes for a unique venue for your Auckland event. You can rest assured that you and your guests will be basking in a golden ambience at this voguish bar venue.
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Unquestioningly one of Auckland's busiest venues, especially as it's adjacent to a trendy nightclub, Everybody's is the place for, well, everybody. This restaurant and bar functions as a space to host unforgettable events. Their customisable menus are at the core of this, courtesy of talented chefs, alongside an incredible beverage list. Everybody's can play host to several events, from gala dinners to cocktail parties, with its contemporary atmosphere and European-inspired menu. The stunning interior design will give your Auckland event the wow factor that every event planner dreams of. For an Auckland bar venue that pulls out all the stops, you can't go wrong with Everybody's.
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Seafarers bring you a host of rooms to pick from, resting in Auckland's bustling harbour. Choose between 4 different spaces for your event: Green Room, Matisse Room, Tommy's and Seven, all with an individual charm and varying capacities. In this instance, it's Tommy's Champagne Parlour that we're focusing on. This Auckland bar venue is a hidden gem in the city, boasting more than 30 varietals of champagne. A relaxed parlour and lounge, it acts as a remarkable space to host intimate and cushy events, from cocktail nights to private parties. The contemporary design only elevates the atmosphere. Seafarers aim to offer a wide range of spaces for your event, with the same sense of convenience and luxury across the board.
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Right beside the ocean and filled with fresh air, Good George is an Auckland bar venue that provides you with freshly brewed beer and cider direct from their famed brewery in the Waikato. It's all about local goodness with this Auckland venue, with a wholesome menu that sources its ingredients locally and puts together bespoke meals for your function. The Good George chain was concocted by a group of friends that believe that people have more fun together. After many years of making friends and learning the art of brewery, they started up a restaurant and bar that has made its way around the country. Doubling as a flexible venue, they love to host private and corporate events. Their hands-on approach promises a memorable experience for all.
The Botanist Café
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Embrace verdancy in the midst of the city with The Botanist Café. This Auckland café and bar venue is a carefully balanced combination of great food and great drinks. They serve up a scrumptious menu throughout the day, with plenty of takeaway options if you're keen. When it comes to functions, they specialise in private events, such as luncheons, meetings and more. Quainter than some other bar venue options in the city, The Botanist Café is nevertheless charming. They can host up to 200 guests in their stylish venue, with a knack for more casual parties. Their friendly team is around to lend a helping hand with all the planning, so all you have to concentrate on is having fun.
Viaduct Yacht Club Trattoria Moderna
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There's nothing quite so exciting as a bar venue in the famous and vibrant Viaduct Harbour. Viaduct Yacht Club Trattoria Moderna fits the bill expertly. A unique bar venue in the heart of the city, they host cocktail parties, product launches and more in their modern space. Accommodating up to 220 guests, they are relaxed by day and glamorous by night - the ideal balance. VYC Trattoria Moderna brings you contemporary dining when it comes to your menus, with local ingredients and a keen eye for detail. Beloved as both a modish bar venue for dropping by for something more casual, as well as for much fancier affairs, you can rest assured you're in good hands with them. Their team of experts is sure to bring your Auckland event exactly what it needs.
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Who can say no when you ask to stop by My Bar? A cosy bar venue for up to 60 guests, this Auckland gem is as brilliant as it gets. Facilities include on-site catering, private spots for mingling, customisable lighting and more. Their menu can be catered to suit your tastes, along with cocktails, wines and more. If you'd like something more unique for your eats, you're more than welcome to bring in your own catering options. My Bar has no minimum spend and is committed to being a flexible and accessible bar venue. They frequently play host to private parties, cocktail nights, celebrations and more. This Auckland venue believes in making event planning easy, so you will find only experts at your disposal when you hire their space.
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Le Zeppa is a kitchen and bar venue in Auckland. Happy to accommodate private and corporate events, they have a capacity of up to 500 guests. They boast a tapas-style sharing menu and a variety of beverages. Coupled with their central location and easygoing atmosphere, this Auckland bar venue has quickly become one of the city's favourites. Le Zeppa has customisable menu options for your consideration. Inspired by Mediterranean street food, you're guaranteed to love it. Set in an industrial warehouse, its chic appeal blends into every function, from dinners to cocktail soirées. They boast features such as wrought iron candelabras, dim lighting on soft brick, an open fireplace and a large kitchen on display.
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Located in Wynyard Quarter, The Conservatory Restaurant and Bar is no stranger to events. Catering for up to 300 guests, this Auckland bar venue is warm and fun-loving. They host parties, celebrations and more, both private and corporate. Their Courtyard boasts retractable walls and fitted electric heaters with flexible furniture arrangements. The Side is strung along the edge of the bar, facing the sea and filled with plants. The Front is closest to the wharf, with large tables and an unmatched view that soaks up the sun. Finally, the Inside is their cosiest option, featuring a wood-burning fireplace and chesterfield couches. The Conservatory provides any function with everything it needs and more to be a roaring success. There are few bar venues in Auckland as experienced as they are.
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First built in 1970, The Empire is a testament to Victorian architecture. Elegant and ever-loved, it has undergone multiple refurbishments to remain in vogue. One of the city's favourite bar venues, they boast the largest garden bar in Auckland. This space features a retractable roof, private bar, DJ Booth and more. Their Press Room is all modern décor, and a café feels great for more intimate functions. Finally, their Rooftop Bar invites you up to a greenery-draped space for cosier events with stunning views. The Empire can host up to 400 guests, great for both smaller and larger celebrations. One of Auckland's oldest bar venues, it will give your function a surefire sense of refinement that will be challenging to find elsewhere. Coupled with their sunny service, you're in for a treat with this Auckland venue.
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Funky and fun, Ghost Donkey is the Auckland bar venue for you. Available for both exclusive and partial hire, they host up to 65 guests. If you want something more intimate, their private booth or patio is the solution. If you'd like to dazzle everyone, hire out the entire venue. Ghost Donkey describes itself as a 'lively and vibrant mezcal and tequila bar that embodies the heart and soul of Mexican Hospitality.' They have an inspired menu and beverage list that will leave you and your guests singing their praises. They're also happy to offer customised cakes, cupcakes and treats for a special touch. This Auckland venue does its utmost to help your function shine, dedicated to fun.
The Glass Goose
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An eatery and bar venue, The Glass Goose, is pretty damn awesome. From corporate functions to personal events, this Auckland venue makes sure to leave you with lasting memories. They cater for up to 320 guests so that you can host large cocktail nights or intimate dinners - the choice is yours. Grazing platters, a selection of beverages and more are all on the table. The Glass Goose is located at the top of a hidden staircase just off Federal Street. It acts as a 'secret' spot that is based on a Garden Glasshouse. Fashionable and fitting of every function, you're welcome to wine, dine and bask in the views at this Auckland bar venue.
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A premium restaurant and bar venue, HeadQuarters Viaduct is a waterfront spot that hosts numerous events. They boast a whole range of event packages for your convenience. With a varied menu and drinks list, you're in for a treat with this Auckland venue. HeadQuarters Viaduct has a selection of areas and tiny pockets for functions of up to 300 guests. Their catering is as flexible as the rest of them, offering canapés, grazing plates and more. This Auckland bar venue is also known for its vibrant music scene, with plenty of entertainment recommendations at your fingertips. HeadQuarters Viaduct is one of the busiest bars in the city, both for its convenient location and superb service.
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If you're after something a little different and a little daring, try Roxy. An offshoot of the well-known Imperial Building in the city centre, this Auckland bar venue is all the rage. Not only does it operate as a trendy nightclub, but also as a venue for private events. Once upon a time, this building was home to Auckland's first movie theatre. It has evolved greatly since then, now home to hypnotic beats and good stories. You can exclusively hire out Roxy for your Auckland event if the stars align. Shimmering to life with a Hollywood vibe, this bar and lounge is a splendid choice for cocktail parties, soirées and other functions. One of their high points is their rooftop deck, with gorgeous views of the city. If you prefer their mezzanine, you'll find velveteen booths. If you want to dance the night away, there is their spacious dance floor.
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Smack dab beside the waterfront and moments from the harbour, The Brit is an eatery and bar venue with high ceilings and sunny service. They have it down to a fine art when putting together Auckland events. Boasting a more laid back atmosphere, this Auckland bar venue has multiple hire options. You can host small, intimate events as you soak up the sun or choose to hire out the main bar and lounging area for something more spread out. From canapés to set menus, their scrumptious on-site catering has got you covered. Their cocktails and wine selection are to die for. The Brit is also glad to fulfil any audiovisual requests that you may require for your event. With a stellar location and light-filled space, this bar venue is a beloved location in the city with good reason.
Coley & Punch
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An Auckland bar that's as wholesome and welcoming as it gets, Coley & Punch packs a punch. They boast a comprehensive cocktails list and over 250 whiskies, single malts and scotches from around the globe. When it comes to functions, Coley & Punch is a bar venue that outdoes itself. With plush seating and an intimate vibe, they offer both partial and exclusive hire for up to 60 guests. They specialise in hosting private celebrations, such as parties, cocktail nights and soirées. This Auckland venue is happy to provide everything you may need, from audiovisual supplies to customised cakes and catering. Coley & Punch is precisely the kind of bar venue that leaves guests feeling as special as can be in their opulent surroundings.
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Tucked behind the famous red doors on Federal St, Huami is now available for private events and exclusive hire - lucky for us. This Auckland venue's outdoor courtyard is a spacious, airy option that can host up to 100 guests. If you want to be safe and sound inside, their bar allows up to 50 guests in a cosier surrounding. If you choose to hire out the entirety of Huami, that brings you up to 300 guests. Private dining options include tailored menus with traditional Chinese cuisine infused with modern touches. They feature a total of 3 private dining spaces, should you choose to use them. This Auckland bar venue is known far and wide for its selection of Armagnac, cognac and whisky, alongside their specially developed cocktails list. Unique to Huami will be its very own Chinese rice wine (baijiu), sourced directly from China.
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A seaside eatery and oyster bar, Shucker Brothers, is something else. They source the finest local seafood for menus that will blow your mind. Located in the historic Ferry Building on the waterfront, this is a central bar venue full of vibrance. Their private events include experiences such as the Chef's Table and Master Classes for oyster enthusiasts. They adore hosting corporate and personal functions in the eatery and bar, with bespoke menus and beverage lists. Whether you're looking for an intimate celebration or cocktails and networking in the heart of Auckland City, Shucker Brothers douse everything in their signature charm and make it sing.
Albion of Auckland
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A historical slice of Auckland, Albion of Auckland has a restaurant and tavern available for your upcoming event. They house a wide selection of Kiwi-made beers, spirits and wines. During the week, you'll find upbeat functions, live music and more for you to attend. Their function space, the Gleeson, is separate from Albion of Auckland's main bar, catering for up to 250 guests. This is their private function option, great for dinners, parties and other celebrations. Their facilities include on-site catering, accommodation, audiovisual supplies and assistance and more. Their bar is one of the most comfortable watering holes in the city, presented in stately charm. Built in 1873, Albion of Auckland has a varied and rich history that turns it into one of Auckland's favourite traditional bar venues.