Hot new gin and craft beer joint Bozo Bar has just opened on Auckland’s buzzing Karangahape Road and you’re going to want to get amongst it, stat.
Taking over the hidden place behind a curtain that was once the Hallertau Tap Haus and Love Bucket previous to that, the space is inviting, homely and relaxed with speakers on the walls pumping out sick hip hop beats all night and plush sofas and booths to sink into surrounded by verdant plants and homely touches.
Step up to the bar and peruse the 45 gins (and counting) on their impressively lined shelves, and if you can’t decide, opt for the gin paddle which comprises three gins of your choice along with your selected tonic, soda water and garnishes to share and experiment with. For the gin connoisseurs, Bozo Bar has a wide range of NZ gins such as Denzien, Roots, Lighthouse, and White Sheep Co—all made in expressive Kiwi fashion. The bar is also home to contemporary overseas numbers like Christian Drouin (sourced from apples), The Botanist (botanicals foraged from the isle of Islay), Gin Mare (Mediterranean style from Spain) and a few Japanese numbers that use sansho peppers. Get in.
If you’re a beer fan, you’ll soon find the perfect craft beer to slake your thirst as they rotate through Bozo Bar’s favourite breweries. If those don’t take your fancy a small but perfectly formed cocktail list surely will with three gin cocktails amongst other concoctions such as UL favourite espresso martinis rounding out the list. Add to this the non-alcoholic options (Seedlip ‘gin’ anyone?) and a lovely wine list and you’ve got yourself the makings of a grand night out. Would it be K’ Road with any other outcome?
Should you find yourself peckish, the Cheeses Christ! cheeseboard should definitely be on your list, as well as the cheese toastie (with a vegan option available). Other faves are the return to childhood faves of cheerios with tommy sauce and the classic chips with Kiwi onion dip.
The masterminds behind the new venture are Sam Cable, Emmett Vallender, Blake Stonham and Doug Gilbert who collectively have impressive credentials across the hospitality industry including some heavyweight time spent working at various Kiwi breweries. You might also recognise Sam and Emmett as winners of The Block a few years ago. With Jack Burton as bar manager, the owners wanted a place to hang out that was chill, with great drinks and an even better vibe—and so Bozo Bar was born.
We think they’ve totally hit the mark, so come through and see if you agree!
Image credit: Kole Lulu, Wono Kim.