Whether you’re sick of counting sheep, or you wont be told when to go to sleep (sorry mum and dad!) or, you’ve just painted the town red and need a fix to try and help soak up those numerous bevvies, sometimes a late night feed is just what the doctor ordered.
But we’ve all been there—where we have felt the rumble of our bellies telling us it’s feeding time—when our favourite eatery tell us that they have stopped serving for the night. Cue violins.
Well, ladies and gentlemen of Auckland, never fear, as The Urban List has your back, as we have rounded up 14 of Auckland’s late night jaunts that can conquer those late night cravings once and for all. You can thank us later.
The White Lady
Serving until 3am—4am
A true icon in Auckland’s food and restaurant industry, The White Lady has been serving up their beloved burgers and grub for more than 60 years! Taking the crown for the oldest food truck in Auckland, it should come as no surprise that The White Lady sure knows what they are doing when it comes to late night food in the city of sails. Looking for your late night burger fix, look no further. Mc who?
Serving until 3am
Auckland’s newest ‘it’ place to be, on our favourite strip on K road, is open from 3pm right through til 3am the next morning. Not only can you sample some of the best cocktails from head bartender Nicolai (we heard that he makes a mean old fashioned!) but you can nibble on gourmet hotdogs while looking at the view of the pink cycle path. Save us a seat!
Bedford Soda & Liquor
Late night menu until 12am
Famed for their every-so-pretty, Instagrammable cocktails and juicy meatballs, Bedford also keep our bellies full, offering us food up until they close, around midnight. Their crunchy fries are the perfect accompaniment to their variety of drinks. Grab your friends, pull up a pew, grab a blanket and order those snacks!
Situated in either the Britomart or Vulcan Lane location, you have two opportunities to grab a late night feed at either restaurant. Stumble along those streets and sniff out those burgers and fries (or loaded fries if you ask nicely!) and soak up those espresso martinis! The team at Better Burger wont leave you waiting for you treats, all food comes out speedy and hot! Praise the gods!
Serving until around 4am
Dumplings, oh how we love you! These little morsels of tastiness wrapped up in little parcels, make us feel like it’s Christmas! What better way to enjoy everyone’s favourite dish than with a group of friends, a bottle of vino and a good old BYO night out. New Flavour is the place to be, and the fact that they are open until the early hours of the ‘am mean that you can cram in the dumplings all night long!
Serving until last call
With fries, hot wings and burgers to boot, travel on up to Twenty One in SkyCity to grab some tasty bar snacks while sipping on your sav. Serving up tasty treats until last call, you can sit back and relax while not feeling guilty about ordering the large serving of fries. It’s mood lighting, no one will see you…
Serving until around 4am
With their extensive range of Korean fried chicken (nine different variations to be precise!) we wanna hit Pocha up all day, err day. However, if you’re on those late craves of authentic and flavourful dishes, you should thank your lucky stars that Pocha is here. Open til 4am, yes you heard us right, you can grab all the deliciousness and more!
Serving until 10—midnight
For a bit more of a superior dumpling experience, head on down to XuXu, as they serve up the most scrumptious and thought-provoking dumplings Auckland has to offer. Picture beef and lemongrass, or spinach and water chestnut as your choice of decadent dumplings. If that’s not enough to get your taste buds going, they offer these tasty morsels all throughout the evening…as if we ever needed another excuse to get dumplings!
Serving until around 3am
What could be better than a cheesy stuffed toastie to get you through the night? Lime certainly have impressed us with their offerings of pastrami with pickles, cheddar cheese with red onion and champagne ham with Swiss cheese. You’ll never know how much you appreciated one of these in the late hours until you try it.
Serving bar snacks til around 10pm-midnight (depending on how busy they are)
When we say bar snacks you may think of your stereotypical fries and what not, however Fukuko have upped their bar snack game to bring you a variety of nibbles that will change the game for good. Featuring the likes of steamed pork buns, edamame and sashimi style lettuce cups you’ll be happy as Larry in no time! Available until around 10pm-midnight, depending on the day and how busy they are, get in quick to get your snack on!
Little Turkish Cafe
Serving until 3:30am—7am (depending on the day)
Kebabs are a saving grace for most punters who stagger out of the clubs and bars in the early hours of the morning and K Road’s Little Turkish Cafe are no exception. On Saturday and Sunday morning, you can get your kebab fix until 7am! Yes, we said it correctly, 7am! In the weekday, how does 3:30am sound for all you badasses staying up on a school night?! Forget cornflakes, kebabs are the new breakfast!
Serving a late night menu until around 11pm—2am
Renowned as being one of Auckland’s most go-to places for drinks that are most likely to turn into a night on the town, TSG has us sorted for a late night feed too. Offering a late night menu from 8:30pm til whenever they close (which depends on how busy they are!) they’ve got us covered with a mix-and-match menu that allows for free range on their available bites to eats. Love your work!
Serving until around 11:30pm—midnight
One of Auckland’s beloved Japanese restaurants not only serves up a true and authentic taste of Japanese cuisine at regular dinner hours, but also right up until around midnight! Expect to feast upon traditional yakitori skewers and kusiage (deep fried meat and vegetables dipped in breadcrumbs) alongside your glass of sake or Japanese beer!
Andy's Burgers & Bar
Serving until late
Look up and use the shining beacon of Auckland's Sky Tower as your guide to find yourself a late night burger feed. Andy's Burger's serve up some of Auckland's best burgers to those who are sick of counting sheep and would rather munch on a tasty lamb burger instead. Don't be fooled by the name though—the team at Andy's don't just serve up badass burgers, they also dish up ribs, wings and all the slathered saucy meats you can imagine. With the likes of bourbon pecan pie and chocolate cookie burger gracing the dessert menu, we know that as soon as we do hit the hay, we'll be dreaming of these in no time! Cue dribble drenched pillow...
Serving until 1am on Friday and Saturday
Located right next to the Sky Tower, you can use this majestic beacon to bring you to Fed Deli for a late night feed. With buffalo wings, bagels and hot dogs on offer, we can’t get enough of the NYC authentic Jewish style late-night menu. Not only have they got a range of savoury snacks to cure those cravings, they have also got their famous cheesecake and pies to finish us off! Forget trying to get that cute person’s eye all night, Fed Deli will give you all the lovin’ you need.
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