If you're after a cool new spot to sink some drinks this summer, head on over to Brolly—an exciting new pop-up bought to us by the team behind one of our all-time favourite bars, Parasol & Swing. And you won't have to look hard to find it—it's located on the latter's lowel level.
This amazing venue may be on the smaller side (fitting around 20 people), but we reckon that's part of the charm. We're also huge fans of the décor, put together by Brendan Ryan (responsible for the incredible looks over at Caretaker and Mexico)—kinda like a super chic, super cosy Mediterranean tavern (that's totally a thing, right?).
So nestle into the epic booth cut into one of the walls, or pull up a seat right in front of the huge multi-storey windows (waterfront views included) and prepare to have your mind blown by some of that signature Parasol & Swing-style hospitality.
As can be expected, the drinks offering here is solid, introducing us to Royales (cocktails made from sparkling wine, of which the Brioche option is a must!) and an impressive list of organic and natural wines, many local. However the star of the show here is without doubt the To-Go Cocktails, served either 'up' (with fruit soda and other mixers for a lighter option) or 'down' (over block ice as a digestif), and which you can even buy by the bottle and take home with you.
As for the food, it's of the same epic standard, a short but sweet menu of New Zealand-inspired tasting plates that will change regularly. And while these are designed to be shared, we'd happily order a bowl of the bacon bone, potato and chilli croquettes (and vegetable crisps with Kiwi onion dip), all to ourselves.
The only bad news is that Brolly is here for a good time, not a long time (it is a pop-up, after all), so be sure to check it out while you can.
What: Brolly pop-up
Where: Below Parasol & Swing, Auckland Viaduct
When: All summer long
Image credit: Armelle Frimpong, Supplied