A measly bowl of mixed nuts no longer cuts the mustard when it comes to bar snacks. These days, Auckland bars have upped their snack-age game and it’s something we’ve welcomed with open arms (and mouths). After all, what’s an extensive wine list, an assortment of beers and a thirst-quenching selection of cocktails without a little something to nibble on? From miso-soaked pork belly and soft shell crab to sloppy Joes and calamari popcorn, we present our favourite Auckland bar menus. Cheers to that!
Golden Dawn is renowned for its diversity of punters and its menu is no different. These bar delights range from delicious prawn buns and lentil sloppy Joes to polenta morsels and pulled pork rolls with pickled cucumber and lime aioli. Is your mouth watering yet? Golden Dawn aces the chilled vibes aesthetic where bumping into old friends is a definite and dancing into the night is just too easy. We didn’t need another reason to love it, but their bar snack menu has definitely given us one.
Located in the activity-buzzing Mission Bay where a frolic in the fountain is never too far, The Attic is a simple solution for a common question—“what’s for dinner?” Designed to share, the ‘Snattics’ menu (snacks at The Attic, of course) is traditional but with a rustic flare featuring kumara chips, beer-battered onion rings as well as herb and parmesan garlic flat bread. As well as the basics, The Attic is home to delicious seared prawn and scallops, crispy Asian pork rolls and, in case you can’t decide, they offer a ‘Snattic tasting plate’ that has all of the faves including pesto and parmesan risotto balls. Yum!
Found along the Ponsonby strip, Longroom covers just about every craving you should ever desire. We’re talking smoked potato and gouda croquettes, pulled beef brisket sliders, lamb and tzatziki pitas and, if you’re after a bit of heat, there’s chilli salted squid. This place gets packed so make sure you head there earlier in the evening so you can munch on your snacks without the hoards.
Located on Auckland’s Federal Street, you’d be wise not to hold your breath for a bowl of chips and bottle of sauce around here. MASU’s menu boasts Japanese-inspired, taste bud tantalising treats. The small plates include soft shell crab, house-made fresh tofu and little salads with seasonal pickles, which complement one another in divine fashion. It’s a perfect spot to hit before a night out on the town or a few quiet ones before dinner—you’ll be thanking us later.
Off the bat it’s important to note that 100 per cent of the food and drinks served at Little Jimmy are sourced right here in Aotearoa. The team at Little Jimmy are dedicated to supporting the little guy and we think that’s neat. Pick between Akaroa salmon, cheesy Angus beef sliders, raw West Coast trevally, Freedom Farms pork croquets or even venison meatballs. And trust us, there’s nothing small about Little Jimmy when it comes to delivery or taste.
Ah, The Cav. Just when you thought The Cav was only infamous as the perfect spot to catch any must-see sporting moments, they strike back as a top snack spot that must be tried. The Cav is home to some ridiculously tasty buffalo wings and crunchy calamari popcorn but also snack-alicious sharing boards—always great if you do happen to be catching the rugby too. The slider board comes with 12 sliders with BBQ pork, fish and buffalo chicken options and The Cav taco board is pilled high with eight tacos. Now that’s bar snackin’ done right.
Both a bar and eatery with modern European digs, at Everybody’s the aim is simple: keep it simple. Nestled within the Imperial Building of Auckland’s CBD, the menu yearns to please all and any occasion. A far cry from the peanuts our ancestors may have relied on for bar sustenance at Everybody’s oysters are found atop the grazing menu followed by Tokyo fried chicken, grilled tiger prawns, smoked salmon with dill pickles, sour cream and homemade biscuits…the options really do flow. Everybody’s really does cater to everybody.
16 Tun is a free house in Wynyard Quarter, meaning they can pour craft beers from all over the country and beyond. It would only make sense to serve up these crafties (or wine) with a solid selection of bar snacks and that’s exactly what they do. Their ‘Half Tun’ menu features the likes of Ruakaka paua fritters, hot wings, chicken morsels, sliders—smoky pork, grilled fish or pulled beef—crispy calamari and damn fine fries. 16 Tun have done their best to match their kai to complement their brews on offer and we think they’ve nailed it.
Home to an endless number of rooftop drinking nights during summer, La Zeppa is one of our favourite spots to grab a tipple and a couple of nibbles. With a relaxed vibes and great drinks on offer, La Zeppa is the kind of place you could happily stay put at for an evening. On the bar snacks front, you’ll find polenta fries, wagyu tartare, mozzarella balls and an epic charcuterie. What’s bar snacking without charcuterie?!
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