There are few better ways to warm up this winter than with a whisky in hand. Luckily, we've searched high and low (and behind hidden doors) to bring you the best whisky bars in Auckland.
With more than 600 bottles from all over the world, The Jefferson is the perfect go-to to sip on a dram on your lonesome or with a crowd of chums. The staff of this hidden gem are in the know, so if you like to talk whisky or just need a bit of guidance, just ask.
Coley & Punch
Recently opened bar Coley & Punch boasts a 250-strong selection of the best whiskies, single malts and scotches from across the world and an impressive cocktail list. It’s a little bit fancy (a lot fancy) and oozes sophistication and elegance. With drinks to be slowly sipped and others to be buried down the hatchet as fast as you can say “go”, Coley & Punch is a must-try.
Fukoku doesn’t just do food well, but also drinks. Cue the whisky banter. With the largest collection of Japanese whisky available, Fukoku also has a wicked selection of cocktails. Although it’s a small hole in the wall, it’s the perfect spot for fantastic food, exquisite cocktails and top shelf Japanese whisky.
Most pumpin’ in the wee hours of the morning, The Whiskey is home to a grand selection of whisky flares and flavours to be poured down the throat of an excited bar patron. It’s a cosy and dark spot and we guarantee you’ll be buzzing til close time.
Chop Chop Noodle House
You may not know it, but nestled within the hustle and bustle of Ponsonby Central lies a whisky bar that excels in not only tasty whisky, but amazing food too. We’re talking about Chop Chop Noodle House. Yup, this noodle joint also has a whisky bar. Think American saloon meets Asian fusion. With Chinese pork buns, steaming bowls of ramen, spicy Korean-style friend chicken, the food is exceptional. Throw in a bit of hard liquor and whisky lovers will be in heaven.
The Corner Store
Found at the top of Mt Eden Road, The Corner Store is the ideal bar for a malt whisky after work, before dinner or for a pre-event beverage. It has a quaint little courtyard with cosy fires and plenty of seating. For your non-adventurous, non-whisky-wanna-try mates, there are always wine and beer specials for them to slurp on while you sink into sippin’ some fine whiskay.
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