Best Auckland Venues for Cocktail Functions
by Luke Ellery | 25 Jun 2020
The venue can make or break your cocktail function. A poorly structured layout can affect sound quality, food accessibility, and mingling potential. Auckland has several incredible venues for cocktail functions that can cater to lux, chic, quirky, and traditional events. No matter the number of guests or the time of day you want your cocktail function to be, one of these 18 cocktail function venues will serve you just right. You can thank us later for helping you narrow down the search. If you're looking for other options, check out our complete guide to Auckland venues here.
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This incredible greenhouse-style venue is a perfect little oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a stunning glasshouse filled with bespoke furniture and lush greenery that can host around 400 guests in a cocktail setting. Glasshouse in Morningside is the perfect venue for a daytime cocktail function, enjoying the green space, entirely lit with natural light. Having partnered with some of the best caterers in Auckland, this venue can create a menu to suit your taste or thematic needs.
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Cocktails and canapés are to be savoured at Gerome, an Auckland restaurant that has won awards for its stylish, luxe interior. Their menu has been inspired by Greek flavour, curated by talented chefs and served with a flourish. For your event, choose between set menus and something bespoke - there's no limit to the attention to detail Gerome pours into your cocktail party. For function spaces, they offer their main dining space, private dining area, mezzanine or terrace; if you're looking to host something larger and more fabulous, you can hire out the whole venue. Gerome is here to make your cocktail event an incredible experience.
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Raise a toast to the stylish Adina Hotel, a cocktail function venue in the centre of Auckland. They have a distinctly contemporary air and style, with in-house dining and catering options courtesy of their Yard Bar & Eatery. A short stroll from Spark Arena, Adina Hotel is a popular venue choice for pre-function cocktail parties. Their spaces include the Waka Room, Mahuhu Room and Matā Cocktail Lounge, their capacities ranging from 12 to 80 guests. With on-site accommodation options and attentive staff, Adina Hotel is one of Auckland's most popular, modern hotel venues.
Victory Convention Centre
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Victory Convention Centre is a multipurpose venue that is all about functionality and a modern atmosphere - and there is no place better for your cocktail party. Moments away from Victoria Park, this Auckland cocktail venue comes equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and a professional events team to help with the planning and running of your cocktail function. Their spaces include the Theatre, Foyer, Harbour View Rooms 1 and 2 (which can be combined if needed), and Executive Lounge. Victory Convention Centre can accommodate anywhere from 2,400 guests to 8, making it as flexible as it is fabulous. Choose to host your cocktail party with this versatile and expansive Auckland venue located in the heart of the city.
Turanga Creek Vineyard
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Turanga Creek Vineyard is dedicated to bringing you the perfect cocktail party. With both rustic and modern appeal, this flexible space can host up to 130 guests, with the option of a marquee to extend the number. They provide a bespoke dining experience, with expert caterers and a dining space overlooking pinot gris vines. Turanga Creek Vineyard has a warm, relaxed atmosphere to it that makes it one of Auckland's favourite vineyard venues available for hire for your cocktail event.
Hu's Art Farm
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Your cocktail event can be held on the outskirts of Auckland at Hu's Art Farm, a venue with a multitude of uses and spaces surrounded by greenery and fresh air. Mrs Hu, a patron of the arts, has created this residence and event space for international performing and visual artists to stay and collaborate and showcase their work in the custom-built gallery. With its majestic views, large gallery, purpose-built bar, and expansive grounds and ponds, this Auckland venue transforms itself into a premier option for cocktail parties and can host up to 200 guests.
Space on Crummer
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Space on Crummer is a gorgeous venue that's settled in the heart of Ponsonby, simply waiting to serve as the ideal cocktail venue for you. Modern, light-filled and with plenty of room to paint the town red, their spaces are flexible, including the Main Area and Courtyard, hosting anywhere from 50 to 160 guests. This Auckland venue was designed with adaptability in mind, featuring white walls and steel beams for an especially contemporary look. Inside, Space on Crummer also boasts a full on-site kitchen for your caterer's use, whilst the sheltered Courtyard serves as the perfect breakaway area to mix and mingle.
The Officers Mess
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Historically charming and with oceanside views for miles and miles, The Officers Mess is an Auckland venue that offers space and versatility for you and your guests to enjoy. Drink in views of the sea, Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island whilst sipping on drinks, with an expansive deck for your cocktail party to spill onto. The Officers Mess has 3 spaces to choose from, including the Main Room and Middle Room. They can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 200 guests, making this Auckland venue a great option for cocktail functions.
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Fantail Farm is a resort-style cocktail venue surrounded by natural beauty. This Auckland venue is a scenic 45-minute drive from the CBD, has state-of-the-art audiovisual technology available on-site, and plenty of natural light. You can choose to host your cocktail event inside their Cabana, offering a Bohemian, relaxed air, or out on their expansive lawn (with or without a marquee). They can cater for anywhere from 80 to 180 guests, making Fantail Farm a perfect option for your cocktail party.
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Black Asterisk is a cocktail party venue located in the funky and flourishing streets of Ponsonby, moments away from the city and surrounded by incredible restaurants, stores and more. This flexible venue has 2 floors for your function with white walls and plenty of natural light. The larger front space looks out onto Ponsonby Road, featuring a high stud, concrete floor and floodlit white painted brick, with 2 further spaces for breakaway rooms and further mingling. Upstairs, there is a free-flowing, carpeted space that overlooks Auckland and has a kitchen for your caterer's use. Suitable for up to 80 guests, this quirky venue is the perfect spot to hold your cocktail function, filled with character, charm and, best of all, art from wall to wall.
Markovina Vineyard Estate
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Settled in the wine-making district of Kumeu, Markovina Vineyard Estate is an Auckland venue surrounded by nature. With a purpose-built venue to host any and every event, they are a family-owned and operated space. Facilities include mouthwatering catering options, on-site parking, as well as both outdoor and indoor spaces to host your cocktail party. Their friendly service and attention to detail ensure that your cocktail party will be an experience like none other, ensconced in greenery and the beauty of the countryside.
White + Wong's
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Your cocktail function can be as exotic and elegant as you like with White + Wong's, offering two locations to pick from in both Auckland's vibrant Viaduct and Newmarket. Ideal for cocktail parties, 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 mouthwatering dining options as well as a colourful space to host your cocktail function. Their Viaduct location has a maximum capacity of 350 guests, whilst their Newmarket location fits up to 100 guests. White + Wong's is a fabulous restaurant that is sure to give your cocktail party added zest at either location.
Good Luck Coconut
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Good Luck Coconut is a tiki bar and eatery in the heart of Auckland Central that can be the perfect cocktail party venue. Situated in the much-loved Wynyard Quarter, this Auckland 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. Choose between their 6 different spaces: Cocktail Cove, Tiki Courtyard, Waterfront Starboard, Waterfront Port Side, Presecco Point, or, if you fancy it, exclusively rent out the Full Kahuna. If you're looking to host a fun and laidback cocktail event, Good Luck Coconut is the ideal Auckland venue for you.
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Situated on Karangahape Road, a historic and vibrant strip of Auckland City, is Anthology Lounge. This cocktail venue is a character space that has lent itself to some of New Zealand's finest talent as a music lounge and wine bar, featuring gorgeous high ceilings and windows that flood the space with moody, natural light. Anthology Lounge considers itself a multi-purpose venue, with space for showcases, gigs, dinner and much more, catering for up to 200 guests - ideal for cocktail functions with a laidback air. The walls are decorated with iconic music imagery, making this venue all the more unique and endearing.
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Hilton Auckland is an iconic feature of the Auckland City Skyline, and its convenient location to some of Auckland’s hottest nightlife spots make it perfect for a cocktail party that you secretly hope will have an epic after-party. The luxury hotel offers world-class catering and drink options, as well as some of the best views of the Auckland harbour.
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Top of The Town is Pullman Auckland’s stunning top floor function space with panoramic views of Auckland central. It can host a maximum of 120 people in a cocktail setting, and every single one of them is certain to be blown away by the breathtaking views in all directions. If you’re hosting a larger gathering (like a massive gathering), The Pullman Auckland has one of the largest event spaces of any Auckland hotel, the Princes Ballroom can host up to 1000 people in a single space.
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There's nothing like an elegant cocktail party, looking out at a star-strewn sky and enjoying the breeze. Just outside Auckland and surrounded by greenery and tranquil waters, The Riverhead is a private and flexible venue that offers itself up for hire. Outdoors, indoors or a nice mix, this Auckland venue is all about giving you options amidst cosy beauty and convenience. With your catering taken care of by on-site suppliers, plenty of natural light and multiple spaces to choose between, The Riverhead is one of the finest cocktail party venues on the fringes of Auckland. Their spaces include The Boat House and Deacon's Kitchen, as well as exclusive hire of the venue for your cocktail party.
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Cocktails by the ocean with Okahu - the perfect venue for a cocktail party in Auckland. Perched on the edge of Okahu Bay, Okahu is a multifunctional venue that gazes out at the glittering water, Rangitoto and cityscape of Auckland. They have a dedicated events management team to help with the planning and running of your cocktail function, as well as delicious off-site catering options and an audiovisual supplier. When it comes to hosting an Auckland cocktail party with style, Okahu can be the ideal venue for you. They're only 5 km from the CBD and 25 km from the airport, available for exclusive hire throughout the week.
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Part of the famed Spark Arena, Tuning Fork is an Auckland cocktail venue for hire that is as flexible as it is charming. It has a distinctly exclusive air to it with its 'behind-the-scenes' atmosphere and dim lighting. It has a maximum capacity of 200 guests (cocktail-style) and offers both audiovisual assistance and on-site catering options. The Tuning Fork is mostly a live music venue that doubles as a bistro, so it's doing triple the amount of work by also acting as one of Auckland's coolest cocktail venues. The walls are adorned with signed memorabilia from some of the world’s leading artists and the venue is directly connected to Spark Arena, so it comes with some of the most professional staff around.
The Grounds at Whoa! Studios
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The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is a modern and purpose-built venue, perfect for cocktail functions. Choose to host your cocktail event at this Auckland venue, located only 15 km from the CBD and 30 km from the airport. With plenty of natural light, an expansive outdoor space and a restaurant, The Grounds at Whoa! Studios is a wonderful cocktail venue option in Auckland. They offer on-site catering options and have a dedicated team that is available to help you make sure that your cocktail party runs exactly as planned.
John & Mays
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Part of the exclusive Social Group, John & Mays is a smaller cocktail venue filled with historical significance that sits in the heart of Auckland City. This Auckland venue was named after its founders and is settled in deeply in the art of creating unforgettable bespoke events. Your cocktail function has the option of on-site catering, with carefully curated menus and tastings for your consideration, as well as a bar with all the old-time charm to be found. With such convenience, a capacity of 40 to 70 guests and a team of event experts, your Auckland event will be the hit of the season. From personalised cocktails to private dinners, John & Mays is the venue for your cocktail event.
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Host an off-the-grid cocktail event with the gorgeous Little Wilderness. This Auckland venue specialises in hosting functions with an environmentally-friendly edge in the heart of Kumeu, just 30km from Auckland City. They can host up to 80 people in their event space, with a team dedicated to helping you plan and run an incredible cocktail party. Their overall design is a contemporary take on the antipodean shed: a rough, utilitarian construction featuring unique designs make it a perfect hosting space, both malleable and full of character. Little Wilderness has 3 spaces for hire, including the Shed and Top Lawn, Gypsy Orchard and Firepit Area. Whether you're after an outdoor or indoor cocktail function, Little Wilderness is a premier venue choice.
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Get swept up in the beauty of art with Sculptureum, a cocktail venue that's truly like none other. A fine art venue in Matakana, Sculptureum combines the love of life and art with the love of events. It has a remarkable 3 sculpture gardens and 6 art galleries packed into acres of airy land, with views overlooking Little Barrier Island. The founder of the Sculptureum, Anthony Grant, has spent a decade collecting artwork from around the world. The Miro Room is the designated event space within Sculptureum, a blank canvas on which you can imprint your vision. This venue can accommodate up to 200 of your lucky guests, with delicious on-site catering options and off-site audiovisual suppliers should your cocktail party require it.
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Crowne Plaza has been proudly awarded ‘Auckland’s Leading Business Hotel’ 3 years running. So, if your cocktail party is a company-wide, end of year event, you might feel more comfortable knowing that Crowne Plaza is a favourite among the corporate crowd. They can host cocktail parties for up to 460 people in their Ballroom or as little as 20 in their Wellesley venue.
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Choose to host your cocktail function with Wandabar, an exclusive space that will leave you and your guests feeling as VIP as it gets. Tucked away in the very heart of the city, this Auckland venue is found through the wonder of Cassette Nine, equipped with a private bar and DJ for your cocktail party. With bespoke drinks and dinner menus, Wandabar is a venue that does exclusive like none other, able to host up to 50 lucky guests. If you're looking to expand on that number, you can choose to expand into the main booths. Wandabar is one of Auckland's best-kept secrets, sure to offer your cocktail event a sense of exclusivity like few others.
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Tui Hills is located in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges, surrounded by a native garden and making for an incredible cocktail space just 30 minutes outside of Auckland. With a maximum capacity of 120 guests, Tui Hills is a light-filled and flexible cocktail venue that can help with everything from audiovisual requirements to transport details to incredible on-site catering options. Pick between Nikau Pavilion, The Nectar Room and Kowhai Glade for your event. From cocktail parties in an outdoor garden to ones in an open, airy room, Tui Hills can be the perfect Auckland venue for your cocktail event.
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If you’re thinking of throwing a large scale private cocktail event, then Cordis might be a favoured option. They can host cocktail events for up to 860 people. Their world-class catering is sure to leave your guests feeling treated. Cordis is also an award-winning Auckland hotel, so for any of your guests who take the “cocktail” part of a cocktail party too seriously, there is a place for them to safely stay – no need to worry about late-night transport, or dangerous drivers.
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Parlour thrives off exclusivity and intrigue, with a shabby chic and speakeasy character designed to let your guests unwind - perfect for a cocktail function. Located in the heart of Auckland City, this venue specialises in intimate gatherings of no more than 30 to 40 guests, ensuring that your cocktail night is as VIP as it gets. Their staff is professional and poised, here to ensure that your Auckland event runs as smoothly as possible, offering everything from on-site catering to custom-made cocktails to highlight your night. With audiovisual equipment on hand, Parlour also makes for a great venue for more relaxed events. You and your guests can nibble on canapés in the middle of bustling Auckland City in one of the coolest venues around, available for both partial and private hire.
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The museum event space can host around 500 people in a cocktail setting. The best of all is that, during or after your event, you and your guests can explore selected museum exhibits after hours! The Museum's Maori cultural performers can also put on a private show for you if arranged in advance. If your cocktail function is one that needs to represent a sophisticated crowd, then the museum might be the perfect function space for it.
Auckland Art Gallery
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Auckland Art Gallery is an iconic landmark of the CBD. It is a venue that is bound to set the tone for a night of style and creativity. Several spaces are available within the gallery including the Lower Grey Gallery, the Mackelvie Gallery, the East Terrace, and the North Atrium.
Chancery Rooftop Chambers
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The terrace is a combination of decking, pebble, and trellis gardens. It features a gazebo which looks amazing adorned with festoon lighting. Hiring the Rooftop Terrace includes the Norman Shieff meeting room which opens onto the terrace through two sets of French doors. Also included is the use of another small meeting room with a kitchen and plenty of space for storage. The outdoor terrace comes with outdoor furniture, sun umbrellas, and heaters. It’s the perfect venue for a more relaxed, summer, evening cocktail function.
Ellerslie Event Centre
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Only a 10-minute drive from Auckland centrally located right on a motorway on-ramp, the Ellerslie Event Centre is super easy to get to. It has plenty of on-site parking for the mocktail drinkers and taxis, and it can host up to 1200 people depending on your needs. The view over the Ellerslie Racecourse is indeed a sight to behold. The on-site Ellerslie Event Centre catering team ensure flawless execution. Rest assured your guests will be blown away by the quality of drinks and canapes on offer at your cocktail function.
Fale Pasifika Complex at the University of Auckland
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An inspired design created by 7 artists, academics, and architects each with a deep connection to Pacific cultures. The building is a cultural and spiritual centre for the Pacific communities at the University of Auckland. This stunning building is available for hire. Perfect for a cocktail night with international guests, to show them a little taste of New Zealand’s strong connection to the many cultures of the Pacific. The building is of utmost importance to the University of Auckland, and in turn to the Academic community in Auckland. Therefore, It is an equally appropriate venue for an academic event – perhaps a cocktail function to celebrate the close of a seminar series.
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The Pool Deck at the Millennium Hotel is maybe the most Hollywood venue we can think of in the Auckland Region. Picture it, you and 149 guests enjoying a complimentary welcome cocktail, walking along the open-air deck with breathtaking views of the CBD and lounging chairs lining a warm crystal clear swimming pool – straight out of the movies. The Pool Deck isn’t the only cocktail venue space available at this central Auckland hotel. Their entire event floor can host up to 1000 guests.
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The aviation hall, with one of the world's most unique aviation displays, has hosted a handful of our nation’s most prestigious events. Hosting your cocktail event here would mean that you’d be among some very prestigious company. Drink, eat, and socialise under the nose of the Avro Lancaster Bomber before taking your guests down the runway, complete with custom lighting, to witness the impressive Sunderland flying boat. This space can cater for up to 500 guests in a cocktail style arrangement.
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The double-height ceiling adds a touch of drama to this quirky space which can host up to 150 guests. The Razzle Dazzle room has private access and massive double doors which ensures you plenty of privacy. High-end audiovisual equipment and high-speed wifi are just a few of the amenities provided by the team at Naumi Hotel.
For a more boho feel to your event, consider Naumi Hotel’s Marquee. The permanent marquee structure has lots of lush greenery and natural light which makes it perfect for a summery cocktail event for up to 100 guests.
Rydges Rooftop Terrace
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Rydges Rooftop Terrace is an iconic Auckland venue that has been used for everything from 21st birthdays to Weddings. The reason it is so widely used is quite simply because it is so darn cool up there. The incredible view out toward the harbour bridge, and the fact the Rydges event staff are so onto it – everything is always executed flawlessly – makes the Rooftop Terrace an ideal venue for any kind of cocktail event. Their guest capacity is 150 but even if you pack that many in, it will feel like you have plenty of space. The glass surrounds, and open-air corners give the space a feeling of openness that is hard to cramp up.
Queens Wharf (Shed 10 & The Cloud)
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Auckland Live manages these two strikingly juxtaposed venues on Queen’s Wharf. Shed 10, an old industrial urban structure built in 1910 – the only original building remaining on Queen’s Wharf. And just across to the left is The Cloud, a modern work of art and architecture physically embodying the image of a cloud. The Cloud was constructed in 2011 and it was intended to be a temporary structure and fan-zone for the Rugby World Cup. The two buildings have since become iconic features of Auckland and are both popular and versatile function spaces. Tech companies, banks, and tertiary institutions have all used the venue to host massive annual cocktail functions. Since the spaces are largely empty, they are great blank canvases for you to design the perfect event.
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GridAKL/Lysaght Building is a modern, fully-equipped cocktail venue that can host up to 150 people. By day it functions as a co-working space and hub for the Auckland tech start-up community. By night, it can be hired by you! Although everyone is welcome to apply to hire the Grid, the Grid team are more likely to accept your application request if your event is tailored toward connecting, informing, educating and inspiring the tech and startup community in Auckland.
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A historic events centre; The Orange was a purpose-built event and function hall that was opened in 1923. Since then it has hosted thousands of events. It was at it’s most popular in the 1940s when lines to enter the dance hall would reportedly stretch all the way down Newton Rd. Something was clearly done right because The Orange is still entirely relevant. Timeless brick walls, exposed wooden beams, a lofty ceiling, and a sprung wooden dance floor give the venue an urban chic appearance which has become an extremely popular style for many function spaces to emulate.