From French-inspired cocktail lounges to intimate book-lined bars and quirky rooftop pubs – we’ve travelled the stunning length of New Zealand to bring you some of our favourite watering holes. So whether you enjoy savouring a full-bodied craft beer, sampling a cool-climate wine or sipping on a serious cocktail, we’ve got you covered in our list of some of the country’s most unique and inviting bars.

The Library Bar – Wellington

Be sure to try The Secret Life of Bees! Image from The Library.

Tucked away in the heart of New Zealand’s capital, this speakeasy-style bar offers an intimate experience with lamp-lit tables and book-lined walls. The Library’s extensive cocktail menu is a masterpiece in itself, with mixologists crafting delicious concoctions with creativity and flair. Snack on tasty small plates, handcrafted cheeses or a decadent dessert. You can also listen to live music in one of the three spaces. An easy contender for any Best Bar in Wellington award!

Where to stay

Conveniently situated in Lower Hutt CBD, the Quality Hotel The Angus is home to the Angus Conservatory restaurant, close to top attractions and, of course, the Library Bar Wellington is home to.

The Atelier, Auckland

The Atelier. Image from The Atelier.

Located in the heart of Auckland’s bustling downtown, the French-styled Atelier is known for its delicious French tapas, extensive wine list and exquisite cocktails. The venue is home to experienced chefs who use the best local produce to craft a rotating menu of seasonal delights, from truffle potatoes to saucisson basque. Combined with a cocktail list that includes the popular Ms Bardot, it’s no wonder this is regarded as one of the best bars in Auckland.

Stafford Road Wine Bar, Auckland

For one of the finest wine bars in Auckland, step inside the cosy and welcoming Stafford Road Wine Bar. Couched in a warm ambience, with elegant brass and oak trimmings, you’ll find an ever-evolving wine selection to suit any discerning palate. Pair your choice with delicious tapas and a seasonal sharing plate, such as the Honey Glazed Red Wine Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini. This intimate setting is the ideal place for a relaxed evening.

Where to stay

A scenic 30-minute drive from the beautiful west coast beaches, the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green is also close to downtown Auckland. A great base to explore the charms and attractions of this vibrant city.

O.G.B Bar & Cocktail Bar Christchurch

Negroni with a twist of lemon. Image from O.G.B Bar & Cocktail Bar.

The O.G.B Bar & Cocktail Bar’s European-flavoured speakeasy style perfectly captures Christchurch’s signature elegance. Housed in a beautifully restored heritage building, this opulent cocktail bar offers a refined atmosphere with handcrafted cocktails, premium spirits and live music. Sit back and relax with a Chumleys – a delicious mix of mezcal, rosso vermouth, agave and rosemary. You’ll also find a great local craft beer selection. 

Pink Lady Rooftop, Christchurch

Delicious Cocktails at the Pink Lady Rooftop. Image from Pink Lady Rooftop.

The Pink Lady Rooftop is a great little venue with a great big view. One of the best spots for a 360-degree view of Christchurch, this rooftop bar presents a lively and colourful venue along with an impressive cocktail menu and a great dinner experience. Sip on a craft beer from Fortune Favours or sup on one of the Miami-styled cocktails – this is the perfect spot to unwind in an open-air setting. The Baja-inspired menu fits perfectly with the bright surroundings. 

Where to stay

Christchurch is home to accommodation options that match every taste and budget, from hotels amongst manicured rose gardens to options in the heart of town – as well as some of the best bars in Christchurch.

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