Aotea Square just got a whooole lot cooler and tastier. Auckland’s legendary square is now home to Aotea House, a gastropub that’s a mighty legend in its own right. This place dishes out hearty pub food with a distinctly kiwi twist using plenty of local ingredients—we’re talking smoked eel croquettes, sautéed paua with gnocchi and raw fish and good ol’ hokey pokey ice-cream. Of course, being the epic gastropub they are, Aotea House has plenty of top-notch drops on hand. From fresh tap beers to local liquors and wines from both NZ and over the globe, there’s no reason for your glass to be empty here. It’s the perfect place for a pre show tipple or casual group get together.
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