If you’re one of those people who make moaning about the cold their winter hobby, this article is for you. When your fingies are frozen and your is nose running like a tap, there’s nothing like a boozy mug of mulled wine to warm your cockles.
Some of Auckland’s best bars are laying down tasty concoctions of red vino, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and orange zest to help you stay toasty on a chilly winter’s night.
Here are twelve of the best places to drink mulled wine in Auckland.
46 & York
If you’re ever kicking around Parnell and need to defrost, 46 & York is where you should go. This welcoming bar has their mulled wine brewing winter-long and will warm you to the bone. They’ve got a crackling fireplace and a brand spanking new menu full of hearty fare.
Arguably one of the fanciest bars in Auckland, Bellini is located at none other than the lounge of the world-renowned luxury hotel, The Hilton. With an endless amount of different selections of wine, Bellini Bar aren't strangers to the concoction of mulled wine. Usually incorporated into their menus as a 'special', keep an eye out for their mulled wine as it is the perfect accompaniment to their infamous raclette cheese dish.
The guys at Chinoiserie know how to make you emerge from your cosy hovel of a house. Gua bao and spicy mulled wine is what’s in store with a trip to this Mt Albert fave during winter. They have their concoction brewing away in a crock pot so all the flavours spend plenty of time mingling. We suggest you order a couple of glasses—it’s addictive.
Pocket Bar & Kitchen
This Grey Lynn local has a spesh mulled wine in the works (made with pinot noir). Celebrating winter in true style, Pocket Bar & Kitchen brew a mulled wine with mandarins picked from their own garden plus all the classic spices we love!
The Garden Shed
Rug up your frozen flatmate and take them to The Garden Shed to defrost by the fire. Their mulled wine is top-shelf and top-secret, but a delicious one at that. And for an alterantive take, they also offer a mulled apple crumble cider. Winter, come at us!
Chapel Bar & Bistro
You can't go past a trip to Ponsonby's favourite Chapel Bar. The atmosphere alone makes you forget those work woes, but when accompanied with a delicious glass (or three) of mulled wine—well, it's safe to say we're sold
Trust Coco’s Cantina to whip up one of the best mulled wines in Auckland. This legendary restaurant knows how to keep us nice and snug via spag and meatballs, mulled wine and warming Italian hospitality. Get amongst.
The Bramble’s mulled wine has been described as ‘seductive’ and we have no doubts that it will lure you into a happy, toasty mood. It’s a little on the heavier side, with bold spices and a robust body but it’s sure to have you cruising back to Onehunga for more.
The Wine Cellar
Another year, another sterling batch of mulled wine from The Wine Cellar. Hidden down the stairs of Saint Kevins Arcade, The Wine Cellar is just the ticket for when you’re looking to escape from the elements. It comes in a convenient 350 ml teapot, how cute is that?
Located in Ponsonby is Russian-inspired bar and eatery The Vodka Room. Not only do they have an endless selection of vodka but they’re brewing up a special mulled wine for the colder seasons. To make it even better, they’re only $10 all winter long!
Freida Margolis is a quaint little neighbourhood bar, situated in the Grey Lynn. There’s an ambience of warmth which just makes you crave a good glass of mulled wine which they thankfully have. They also do other classic drinks like the espresso martini which can never fail you in the winter season.
The Birdcage Tavern
Serving locals since 1885, referring to The Birdcage Tavern as a bar would be an understatement! This institution has become a go-to destination for many Aucklanders wanting a laid back night with a drink or two. Get yourself one of their classic pork and bacon pies and get amongst their house brewed mulled wine.