Alas, I’ve never been to Berlin, but if I had, I’m certain new opening Underpass is what you’d find when exploring their famous bar scene. The sleek municipal hangout caters to those thirsty from a long day’s work, offering plenty of tasty plates and then turns into a sleek nightclub ensuring those wanting to let their hair down a good time.
They’ve stripped the space back to its shell, raising the roof and adding steel and concrete as a reference to the fact the space was formerly a mechanics workshop then an Auckland City Council Car park before its current iteration as a bar. The outdoor deck area features a range of steel tables and macrocarpa blocks with a concrete canopy, creating an urban feel.
In keeping with its dynamic downtown location, Underpass features its own singular take on world street food. Fresh, quick and evolving dishes, the menu is designed to appeal to the after work crowd and late-night brigade.
The opening menu showcases a selection of tasty and easy to eat street-food inspired bites. Think chicken satay skewers infused with Asian herbs and spices, and grass-fed beef skewers marinated in Spanish smoky paprika with homemade brava sauce. For the carb hungry, the menu features delicious taco options—slow cooked pork shoulder, chicken with shredded iceberg and brava sauce or seasonal vegetables with tomato salsa and fresh herbs. And, to satisfy more generous cravings, poached meatballs in tomato sauce, Ruakaka paua fritters with lemon aioli and micro greens, fish sliders with homemade mayo and watercress, and Marino lamb served on a parsnip puree with a mixed herb salsa are on offer. The best bit? All menu items are priced in single digits, so you’ll pocket some change from a tenner.
I’m not one to get jealous, but I am envious of those that work downtown… This new and notable hangout should definitely be at the top of your after 5pm to-do list.
For more information about Underpass, incuding opening hours click here.