Bars & Pubs

The New Pop Up Garden Bar You Need To Know About

By Emma Pickles
5th Apr 2017

86 garden pop bar skycity auckland

Auckland’s newest hotspot involves drinking in a garden (surprise, surprise). This new venture by SkyCity will make you pretty much feel as if you’re at home…but you’re in the CBD. Under the Sky Tower, no less.  We’re guessing it’s going to become your inner-city sanctuary—at least for three weeks. You’ll be able to eat, drink and boogie your workday blues away because the pop up will be open everyday!

For three weeks only, 86 on Fed will be transforming our inner city scenery from dull to lush. Showcasing the very best that Federal Street has to offer, there will be rotating food, drinks and music.

The drinks list includes the likes of Panhead, Emerson’s, Mac’s and more—as well as a few cocktails for all you connoisseurs. How does a classic G & T with a twist of sour hit of blueberries sound? Or a vodka, lime, apple and watermelon flavoured Kiwi Breeze? We’re sold.

Just make sure to check out the main event; the hand-crafted menus from a few of SkyCity’s best.

The menu changes up weekly, so choose your week wisely, or use the weekly menu change as an excuse to go every week. Because, really, how are you supposed to pick favourites between tapas, burgers, or antipasto? They are so different you just cannot compare them.

Week One: Tapas. Tapas. Tapas. Featuring all those spicy Spanish signatures: patatas bravas with goats cheese, croquets and more from Bellota. There’ll be no time for an afternoon siesta with this fiery line up opening from 4 pm.                                                                                  

Week two: Andy’s Burgers & Bar will be bringing you…burgers (who would’ve guessed?) But aside from their cheesy burger with bacon mayo (what? How?), they’ll also be mixing it up with Middle-Eastern-inspired lamb ribs with za’atar on offer too.  

Week three: Get down to 86 on Fed in the third week to get a taste of the Gusto at the Grand experience. An antipasto plate full of Italiano treats like cured meats, marinated olives, pickles, grissini and more, or a spectacular spaghetti puttanesca will have your stretchy pants swelling in appreciation. Buon apetito.

If food and drinks weren’t enough, this SkyCity pop up will also host live musicians every. Single. Night.

Epic food, fabulous drinks and live music? It’s the perfect trifecta!

The Deets

What: 86 on Fed

Where: 86 Federal St.

When: 10th-30th April (closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday)


Mon-Fri 4pm-10pm

Sat-Sun 11am-10pm

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