Life's too short to drink in ugly. Sure, it's nice to have a vino or two in your onesie on the couch, but it's even better when surrounded by beauty. And, c’mon, your cup of cheap plonk over a glass full of mintymojito isn’t exactly tough competition, soz.
And so, we've rounded up some of Auckland's most beautiful bars for your drinking pleasure.
Pocket Bar & KitchenGrey Lynn
Resembling a large greenhouse, is Pocket Bar & Kitchen. With hanging baskets, pot plants and glass high ceilings it's a garden nirvana. Make yourself at home at one of the large sharing tables in the renovated courtyard and enjoy a glass or two. The bar menu is bountiful and delicious, making this Grey Lynn venue one heck of a beautiful catch up spot.
Pilkingtons is stunning. You'll find large glass lights dangling from the ceiling, comfy booths and plenty of foliage and blooms.
Oh and there’s also a tree! Add to this a wonderful drinks menu and you've found one of the best bars in Auckland
If Spanish tapas and wine sound like a bit of you, then head to Bellota for an experience like no other. Here you'll find little alcoves for you to snuggle into. With its dim and beautiful atmosphere, it's a taste of Spain right here in Auckland City!
Pineapple On ParnellParnell
Mysterious and magical, Pineapple On Parnell is a must-visit Auckland bar. You'll know you're there by the brass pineapple-shaped door knocker on the black door. Push through the emerald velvet curtains and find a decadent space. Sink down into the plush sofas and listen to a live pianist while sipping on a cocktail. Yep, you've found a slice of heaven.
Hotel Debrett HousebarCBD
Effortlessly cool, Hotel Debrett is one of Auckland's most beautiful bars. Recently renovated, but maintaining its art deco style, this is one bar you'll want to stay for a few hours. Choose from the teal-coloured bar with its high ceilings and courtyard or grab a pew on a couch by the fireplace. Enjoy a cocktail such as the ‘floral fizz’ or ‘kiwifruit sour’. Or, choose from the curated wine and beer list. There are delicious platters to nibble on, too. Relax and enjoy.
Regatta Bar & EateryTakapuna
Regatta Bar & Eatery is nautical-themed, giving a nod to its seaside location in a contemporary and stylish way. You'll find basket-woven buoys dangling from the ceiling and a stunning blue and white interior. There's an outdoor courtyard to plonk yourself while soaking in the ocean views. The drinks menu isexpertly crafted, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon session of seafood and Sauv.
Okay, what could make a drinking and dumpling experience even better? Why being in the stunning surroundings of XUXU dumpling and cocktail bar of course! This inner city hot spot is never quiet and there’s no surprise why. Not only do they create some of the best dumplings in Auckland (trust us!) and serve up some of the most creative and sip-worthy cocktails this side of town, but they also have a superbinterior to match! Delicate lanterns provide a dim atmosphere while draping curtains and lush foliage means it's a must-visit!
The Garden ShedMount Eden
We don’t know about you, but beautiful bars and drinking jaunts make sipping on a nice, cold glass of the good stuff that bit better. Okay, a lot. And, when your drinking destination happens to look like a garden paradise, you know you’ve nailed it. The Garden Shed is a Mount Eden drinking spot, worthy of an Instashot or two.
The courtyard is one of Auckland's best-kept secrets—lush and peaceful, you'll be reaching for the menu in no time. For a drink, opt for one of the cocktail mixers which are great for sharing. Or, choose from the Kiwi-focused wine menu or craft beer. We know where we'll be spending our weekends!
There are a whopping seven—yes seven—drinking areas at Everybody's. This multi-level central city hub is a stunning and minimalist masterpiece. Here you'll find decadent light fixtures, bare-bricked walls and plush velvet sofas. Thankfully, their drinks menu is extensive and delicious. With more cocktails, beers, wines than you can shake a stick at, Everybody's is the place for everyone!
Heading to Dr. Rudi's is a no-brainer if you're looking for a beautiful Auckland bar. Up the escalators, you'll find an expansive bar—with two bowling alleys—and a deck with some of the best views in Auckland. Sip on your fave tipple while overlooking the boats and the bustling Viaduct...what bliss!
The Glass GooseCBD
Up some hidden stairs, you'll find The Glass Goose. While there is a lush restaurant serving up delicious food, the expansive deck is a beautiful watering hole. It's light, bright and beautiful and perfect for those after work drinks
La ZeppaVictoria Park
If rooftop drinking is your thing, then a trip to Auckland bar La Zeppa is a must. You'll find expansive views overlooking Victoria Park and colourful lanterns and exposed brick. It's a true Auckland beauty!
Image Credit: Regatta Bar & Eatery