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Where To Get A Great Pub Feed In Auckland

By Olivia Atkinson - 27 Oct 2017

Where To Get A Great Pub Feed In Auckland
The Cav
Ponsonby, NZ 8 Images
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The Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery
Auckland City, NZ 1 Image
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The Empire
Auckland, NZ 1 Image
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The Lumsden Freehouse
Newmarket , NZ 1 Image
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The Occidental
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Auckland’s restaurant scene is booming big time, but there’s still plenty of room in our stomachs (and hearts) for some good ol’ fashioned, honest pub grub. We thought we’d arm you with the best places to get a solid pub feed in Auckland. After all, what’s more comforting than a pint and pork ribs?

Pull up a stool, order a cold one, and dig into this list of Auckland’s best gatropubs. Cheers to that! 

The Cav 

Freemans Bay 

Ah, The Cav. This Auckland institution never fails to impress us. Since its snazzy revamp in 2014, The Cav has seriously upped the ante on the food, drinks and vibes front. The Cav is a scrumptious reminder that not all pub fare is created equal. Don’t expect your average steak, egg and chips meal… instead, tuck into Rueben sammies, pulled pork tacos, tiger prawn salad and beer battered crayfish, washed down with a craftie or two. BYO kids, because The Cav caters to the sprogs with ‘Worms and Dirt’, ‘Scooby Dog’ and Chicka Chicka Wah Wah’ dishes served in bento boxes. 

The Shakespeare Hotel & Brewery 

Auckland CBD 

No Auckland pub crawl would be complete without popping into New Zealand’s first brew pub. Located on the corner of Wyndham and Albert Street, The Shakes is over 100 years old, so it’s safe to say that they know how pub grub is done. You’ll find tasty tidbits to share, woodfired pizzas, gourmet burgs and pub regulars—lamb shank, fish ‘n’ chips, steak, and BBQ ribs. There are 10 comfy rooms available if you indulge in a few too many brown lemonades and can’t make the voyage home. 

The Empire 

Auckland CBD 

The Empire has been a local watering hole for yonks, making sure inner-city revellers remain jolly, hydrated and well fed since 1875. Nab yourself a table in the courtyard and order from their menu of open burgers, pizza, nachos, pasta, salads and small plates.

Puhoi Pub Hotel & Stables 

Puhoi 

Another pub steeped in history and character, an afternoon at Puhoi Hotel is something every Aucklander needs to experience. The walls are lined with decades of memorabilia and the food is exactly what you want from a classic pub pit-stop—burgers, fish ‘n’ chips and mussel fritters. Lounge on the grass if the sun’s out and take in the view or cosy up inside with a brew. 

The Lumsden Freehouse

Newmarket 

The home of craft beer in Newmarket and a mighty fine home at that, The Lumsden Freehouse is a customer-orientated pub and beer bar serving up food that’s good for the soul and easy on the wallet. Their burgers and pizzas are in a whole other league of delicious, but if you’re on a mission to feel the heat, The Lumsden’s totally insane wings are ready and waiting. Extinguish any lingering flames with a beer from their whopping 120+ selection or order a serving of sliders and dunk ‘em in bacon gravy. That should do the trick. 

The Occidental 

Auckland CBD 

Mussels, schnitzel, and roast lamb? Yes, please! The Occidental has built up a rep for dishing out drool-worthy pub food in the heart of the city. We can’t go past their steamed mussels in creamy white wine and garlic with their famous frites and house-made mayo. Carnivores, however, should opt for the South Island venison pie or 500g of angus rump steak and a Belgian beer taster tray. Oh, and a finale of traditional Belgian waffles is compulsory. 

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The Flying Moa 

Mt Wellington 

Construct your perfect pub feed at The Flying Moa. This Mt Wellington pub lets you build-your-own tucker by choosing from seafood, steak or a mix of the two. Once that’s done, choose two sides (beer battered fries and slaw is the way to go) before selecting your sauce. Or if you’re an indecisive human, go ahead and grab the slow braised pork belly. 

The Riverhead Tavern 

Riverhead 

This Riverhead gem is thought to be NZ’s oldest riverside tavern and holds the second oldest liquor license in the whole country. Head to The Portage for a lovingly-fashioned serving of their famous smoky ribs, a seafood pizza or a platter loaded with cheese, meat, Riverside relish and fresh, crusty bread. Best enjoyed with a healthy dose of quality banter and a couple of beverages. 

Clare Inn 

Mt Eden 

This Irish pub along Dominion Road pours a frothy Guinness and guarantees full bellies with their hearty menu. Start off with Clare Inn’s cheesy bacon ‘tato skins before progressing to the main event—slow cooked duck, beef wellington, and sausies, mash and whisky sauce. Whatever you get, it’s sure to be fecking good. 

The Bluestone Room

CBD

Hidden away in the CBD you'll find The Bluestone Room. Its darkened atmosphere and friendly staff make it feel as though you've been transported to another world. Work stress? Not here! The abundant menu will leave you spoilt for choice. Choose from the grazing board or get those hands messy and order the slow-cooked baby back ribs. Smothered in a smoky BBQ sauce, your tummy will be one happy camper. 

Galbraith’s Alehouse 

Mt Eden

Galbraith’s Alehouse never fails to deliver on totally tasty pub food. We always find ourselves gravitating towards their house-made pork sausages, creamy chicken pie, and scotch egg (one of the best in town). They brew their own beers, so sample their seasonal release. 

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Hallertau Biergarten

Riverhead

If your idea of a good time is to sink a few crafty ones while dining on some great food, then Hallertau's Biergarten is the place to be. Nestled amongst West Auckland's rolling farm land, you'll find this subtropical oasis that is both inviting and relaxing. We recommend ordering the beer tasting paddle and working your way through the matching food on the snacks and sharing menu. 

The Flying Moa 

Mt Wellington 

Construct your perfect pub feed at The Flying Moa. This Mt Wellington pub lets you build-your-own tucker by choosing from seafood, steak or a mix of the two. Once that’s done, choose two sides (beer battered fries and slaw is the way to go) before selecting your sauce. Or if you’re an indecisive human, go ahead and grab the slow braised pork belly. 

Looking for the best beers in town? Here’s Auckland’s Best Craft Beer Bars.  

Image credit: The Flying Moa, Hallertau, Marilynn McLachlan

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