Ah, spring. How glad we are that you have sprung. The weather can only get warmer, the drinks can only get cooler and the good times can only get…erm…gooder. If a few bevvies in the sunshine has suddenly become top of mind, then you’ll no doubt be on the lookout for Auckland bars that specialise in exactly that. From neighbourhood cocktail bars to beer spots a bit further afield, here are 7 bars you’ll find yourself sippin’ at this spring.
With its huge outdoor deck and loads of natural light, The Cav is a winning spot for wining and dining this season (and any season). They’ve got awesome New Zealand beer and wine available as well as a killer bar snacks menu. Order a taco board, a slider board and their famous Southern fried chicken and you’ll be good to go.
Pocket Bar & Kitchen
Pocket Bar basically screams spring. The place has got some awesome greenhouse vibes going on feat. a glass roof and plenty of sunshine, smiles and Aperol spritzes. Their cocktail menu is seasonal so best you pop in and try their new creations—and the food is perfect for sharing. Grey Lynn, you’ve got it good.
Sardine is the best of several worlds. Not only do you get to sip on crafted cocktails and enjoy ocean views, White + Wong’s and Burger Boy noms are at your disposal. We always gravitate towards the char siu pork buns, beef, shiitake and cumin shumai, and chicken and lemongrass xiao long bao. Dumplings are the way to our hearts.
We don’t know about you but in our eyes, spring = cocktails. Say goodbye to the robust red wines of winter and slurp on something zingy and fresh—and Mea Culpa is where you should do it. They do their best to use boutique producers and local suppliers to shake up the likes of rose lemonade, mint and Pinot Gris Tom Collins and other tasty concoctions.
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
An afternoon of smoky meat, drinks and sunshine is always a winner. Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen boasts a huge outdoor deck, providing plenty of space for your whole crew to catch the rays. They even brew their own beer on-site!
Cable Bay Vineyard
Sooo…it’s not technically a bar but you haven’t done Auckland properly until you’ve drank vino in the sun at Cable Bay. Bean bags are dotted across the lawn and the sprawling view of the harbour is unbeatable. The verandah is the spot to enjoy pizzas, wagyu sliders and fried chicken, washed down with wine, of course.
Who doesn’t like cocktails and seaviews? The Conservatory has both those bases covered, plus maaaasive 18-inch pizzas in case you get hungry. Their shared cocktails are served in—wait for it—watering cans (!) and come in flavours such as Apple Pie Moonshine, Margarita Sunrise and The S.O—rum, peach schnapps, grenadine, orange and pineapple juice.
While most of winter is spent in cosy bars, come spring, we can take things up a level or two. For a quintessential rooftop drinking experience in Auckland, head straight to La Zeppa. With its lanterns, fairy lights and comfy seating areas, it’s perfect for those mild spring evenings. There’s also a fireplace in case it gets nippy and plenty of kai to go round.
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