From hidden bars in the quiet alleyways of Auckland, to the loud and lively pubs of Wellington – we’ve travelled the entire country to bring you part one of our list of eight favourite watering holes! Whether you enjoy knocking back a beer or sipping on a serious cocktail, there is a place out there for you.


1. The Library (Wellington)

The perfect location for an after work beverage, ‘The Library’ offers a drinks list that spans over 20 pages! That’s a lot of reading! The walls are lined with thousands of books, living up to its name.

2. Vinyl Bar (Wellington)

Sip on a cocktail and listen to some classic tunes at this rustic hideaway that boasts an extensive music collection in the form of vinyls.

3. The Apartment (Wellington)

You’ll be transported into an episode of Sex and the City at this lavish bar that replicates the feeling of being on the Upper East Side of New York.

4. The Basement (Auckland)

You’re in for a treat no matter when you visit The Basement. From budding musicians and poets, to professional comedians, there’s always something going down in this laid back bar.

5. Stafford Road Wine Bar (Auckland)

The go to place for all wine enthusiasts, Stafford Road offers an extensive list of the best vino from all around the country.

6. Northern Steamship

The best place to fill your belly up with beer! A wide selection of ale awaits, in this gravity defying brewbar! Make sure you check out their unique décor that hangs from the ceiling!

7. Fukuko

Authentic Japanese whiskey and sake can be found here, along with Japanese inspired cocktails that are both innovative and delicious. You’ll feel like you’re in a small kabuki on the outer skirts of Tokyo while here!

8. Hello Sunshine

Hello sunshine indeed! This comfy little rooftop bar is not only the perfect location for a Sunday session with your mates, but it also offers a fantastic view of the Sky Tower!

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