When visiting forever burgeoning Britomart, we’re already confuddled when it comes where to wine and dine because, let’s face it, the (good) choices are endless. And, just to add to our indecisiveness, another options is available—Rec. A ridiculously cool space ready to cater to your every whim, day or night.
Owned by Britomart Hospitality Group (the good folk who brought us BCC, Orleans, 1885 and so on) have engaged a man, who knows a lot about both food and music, to help with the offerings and vibe. Co-owning two popular Auckland cafes himself, Homestead and Ceremony as well moonlighting as a DJ, the man in question—Connor Nestor—is probably the best person to have consult on this new cafe, record store and bar.
‘Rec is multifunctional,’ explains Nestor. ‘During the day it’s relaxed. Perch up with a cup of bottomless coffee and have a cheap bite. During the evening visit for a cocktail and live music. Or, visit on a Saturday night when Rec turns into a nightclub featuring local DJ’s.”
Housed in what used to be a part of The Nathan Club, Rec has maintained the high ceilings well known in Australiais House. The sprawling room features a grand, metallic bar, a sky blue DJ booth, plenty of nooks and crannys to pull up a pew and of course shelves lined with records available for purchase.
For those that frequent Britomart during the day, you’ll be happy with Rec’s food offerings which consist of a simple but satisfying menu of sandwiches that are sure to satisfy. A French baguette houses thick slabs of champagne ham, creamy bechamel, emmental cheese and french mustard. While the Reuben is a classic combo of corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Russian dressing and house mustard sandwiched between generous slices of toasted dark rye. Or, go all out with their epic cheeseburger. All sandwiches are $10 (hello) are are accompanied with kettle crisps and a dill pickle.
The bottomless filter coffee is thanks to Flight. Or, quench your thirst with one of their 17 beers (tap, bottle or can) or step it up a notch with a expertly poured cocktail (or two).
Rec is a fantastic addition to not only Downtown, but Auckland as a whole—it’s a place that music and food lovers can call their own, and undoubtedly, the music acts of our fair city are amped to perform there.
For more details on REC, including opening hours, click here.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews