When it comes to whipping up mouth-watering kai and creating world-class wine, Hawke’s Bay definitely deserves a standing ovation. Known for their Chardonnay and beautiful art deco, Hawke's Bay is positively filled with cool urban bars and eateries. So, once you're done climbing the Te Mata Peak and golfing on one of the world's top golf courses, hit the road to indulge in the ever-growing food and wine country.
From stylish cocktail lounges hidden inside architectural gems to modern laneway pubs and secret garden bars, we’ve rounded up some of the finest local establishments to sip your way through. For more rad recommendations for time well spent in Hawke's Bay, be sure to check out this excellent site from Hawke's Bay Tourism.
Emporium Bar & Eatery
A little bit vintage, a little bit cool and where you need to be. Housed on the ground floor of the of the Art Deco Masonic hotel this watering hole is steeped in history and loaded with style. Step back to the 1930s and settle in for the afternoon in Emporium Bar & Eatery’s lounge sipping on an Old Fashioned.
The name alludes to it; these guys do all things gin. With over 100 different gins, you’re bound to find one that floats your boat, and the team are ace at creating the perfect mix for you to enjoy on the waterside deck.
The perfect blend of wine and art, this visually stunning wine bar in the heart of Napier CBD is a great spot to while away an afternoon. Their wine list is full of unique and wonderful gems that tell a story so get settled in, it’s a pretty extensive wine list!
Hastings' hottest new hydration spot in the trendy East side, and the perfect spot for a tastings flight with harmonious nibbles to enhance the botanical notes of the local distilled and award-winning gin.
Tucked down a Napier CBD laneway, look for the neon sign proclaiming ‘Who shot the barman?’ and you’ll know you’re in the right place for top-notch cocktails, a beer list with regular surprises on tap and a Hawke’s Bay-centric wine list. Monica Loves has a range of mouth-watering food available in Tapas style, utilising fresh ingredients from local suppliers, including Mister D, Chantal Organics and Hands Down Tortillas!
Cocktails are Market Street’s specialty. Pretty much anything you can dream up, they can create. The rosebud cocktail comes highly recommended. Plus, if you’re in on a Thursday, complement your drink with dollar dumplings!
A local institution, Shed 2 has been pulling pints, pouring wine and shaking cocktails in the picturesque West Quay for more than 30 years. And you know what? It’s still a damn good spot for an afternoon beverage on the deck in the sun.
The street front is pretty unassuming, but as you push through the doors you find yourself in a dimly lit lounge, walls adorned with memorabilia and out the back the sweetest little urban garden bar – you won’t want to leave.
Asian fusion at its finest, sip away at beautifully crafted cocktails in their courtyard with mouth-watering morsels of fresh Japanese cuisine.
Mary’s – a collaboration between a local family, an iconic Hawke’s Bay winery and a world-class chef, bringing you tantalising cocktails, an epic wine list and mouth-watering bites to match. So good you’ll want to stay for a meal… and you definitely should.
Smith and Sheth Wine Lounge
Tucked behind Porters Hotel in the Havelock North Village you’ll find the cosy Smith and Sheth Wine Lounge. Offering a range of sommelier-selected wines that will delight. Escape the hustle and bustle and make yourself at home on their patio.
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Image credit: Emporium, Matisse Wine Bar, Monica Loves, Market Street, Common room, Mary's