New Year’s resolutions, deathly hangovers, dancing until the wee hours of the morning and sunrise yoga—there’s a bunch of different ways we will all kick off 2021.
One thing we’ve got in common however, is our love of good food and drinks. Luckily we’ve done the hard yards so you don’t have to. Here are Auckland’s best cafes, restaurants and bars that are open this New Year’s Day.
We’ll cheers to that.
For all you coffee lovers (read: addicts) out there, never fear—Ponsonby Road café Dizengoff will be serving their smooth and hot brew on 1 January 2021, with doors opening from 7am until 2pm. There will be food too, including their well-known half-and-half breakfast, with fluffy scrambled eggs and balsamic mushrooms. 15% surcharge.
OZONE COFFEE WESTMORELAND
Get your coffee fix on New Year’s Day from the good folks at Ozone Coffee. Grab a seat at the bar and watch as your well deserved brunch is prepared as you sip on an expertly crafted coffee, roasted in house in their roastery nestled in behind the cafe. The staff are great and always have a spot on food recommendations (the omelette slays), but perhaps the best part? They’re dog friendly. Open from 8am to 2pm.
TAKAPUNA BEACH CAFÉ
Kick off the new year by the sea at Takapuna Beach Café. Try their French toast with berries and vanilla cream, or the eggs benedict with a potato rosti and smoked salmon. Feel revitalized with a fresh beetroot, carrot and ginger juice. Takapuna Beach Café will open from 6am until 8pm, and there’s a 15% surcharge.
One of our favourite cafes and restaurants—Odettes Eatery—will be welcoming
customers on New Year’s Day from 8am-3pm. You’ll find Odettes located in the
heart of Auckland’s CBD. We love the lush greenery nearly as much as their
brunches, including the buffalo mozzarella with broad beans on sourdough. We
also love that there’s no surcharge.
Who doesn’t love an all-day menu? From macadamia granola with coconut yogurt or the buttermilk fried chicken burger (if you’ve had one too many Panheads the night before)—whatever state you’re in on New Year’s Day, you’ll be sure to find something you love at Frasers in Mt Eden. There’s no surcharge, and you can head there from 7am until 11pm—the dinner menu is seriously good.
Located by Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour is Amano, a bustling restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this New Year’s Day from 8am until late. The Italian leaning menu is seasonal and changes are made daily, as well as their must-try pasta. Be sure to pick up a buttery croissant from their bakery, too. 15% surcharge.
HARBOURSIDE OCEAN BAR GRILL
White tablecloths, waterfront views, champagne and oysters—relax into 2021 the right way at Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill. The restaurant’s doors will swing open from 1pm and there’s a 15% public holiday surcharge. Try to score a seat on the outside deck and look forward to the year that will be.
You can head to Turkish restaurant Feriza’s on the 1 January from 11am and dig into dishes such as slow cooked lamb with hummus, tomato salsa and flatbread and chilli prawns with harissa sauce. Don’t leave without trying the loukoumades—golden doughnut balls soaked in honey with chocolate, dulce de leche and ice cream. No surcharge.
REGATTA BAR AND EATERY
It’s hard to top fresh seafood and cold beers by the sea on New Year’s Day—and Regatta Bar And Eatery has all three in spades. Bring a bunch of mates and enjoy a long and boozy lunch—Regatta will be open from 11.30am until late and there’s a 15% surcharge. Come for the view, stay for the vibes.
BOY & BIRD
Nurse your hangover with free-range rotisserie chicken, gravy and very moreish potato ‘chunkies’ at Boy & Bird in Ponsonby. We like that they only use ingredients that are sourced locally. You can head to Boy & Bird from 11am until 9.30pm on NYD and there’s a 15% surcharge. Look out for their thirst quenching cocktails.
Dine alfresco on the first day of the year at the contemporary bistro, Ortolana, which is found in the middle of Auckland’s CBD. They are open from 8am until late with a 15% surcharge. The European-inspired menu showcases fresh produce that’s either been grown on their farm or it’s been locally sourced.
DEVON ON THE WHARF
Spend a relaxing day at Devon on the Wharf overlooking the central city. They’ll be open on 1 January from 8am until the late hours of the night. Tuck into some delicious Mediterranean food (the calamari is delicious) with a refreshing cocktail and look towards 2021. 15% surcharge.
Hello Beasty is operating their regular hours of 11am until 11pm this New Year’s Day. The cocktail menu is highly creative and they serve an Asian fusion cuisine, which you can’t go past. The potstickers and baos are a standout and make sure you save room for their karaage chicken.
Bars & pubs
PARASOL AND SWING
Bask in the sunshine this New Year’s Day at Parasol and Swing, a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland. There will be no public holiday surcharge, but there will be great music and food—including the salmon ceviche with mango and yuzu and seriously good fried chicken. The cocktails here are not to be missed—our pick is the whistling blackbird, with tequila, blackberry, pineapple and lime. Doors open from 12pm until 1am.
SOUL BAR & BISTRO
Enjoy scenic harbour views and a pretty floral layout at Soul Bar & Bistro. The restaurant also serves some of the tastiest food and their clam linguine is one of the best in town. Sit back, sip on one of their many cocktails and get a taste of their fresh seafood. The bar opens from 4pm and the restaurant opens at 5pm on 1 January with a 13% surcharge.
Bring your best friend or a date to Housebar, a stunning art deco venue that’s found on the first floor of Auckland’s Hotel DeBrett. This coming New Year’s Day they will be open from 12pm until 10pm and there’s no surcharge. Graze on their charcuterie board with a fine New Zealand drop and forget 2020.
If you’re after a cold beer and chicken wings on New Year’s Day (and every other) then visit Citizen Park, a beer garden that’s nestled in the heart of Kingsland. If you’re still feeling peckish, the South and Southern American menu will be sure to fill you up. What’s more, there’s no public holiday surcharge. Open until late from 11.30am.
THE GLASS GOOSE
Keep the New Years’ celebrations rolling at The Glass Goose, which you can visit from 5pm on 1 January. Sip on one of their ‘Grammable cocktails at the rooftop bar, and get stuck into a cheese board or their brisket bun with pickles.
THE LULA INN
Spend your first day of 2021 at The Lula Inn and enjoy great music, a relaxed atmosphere, a tasty menu and Auckland’s only on-water deck. Visit for lunch from 12pm, or for dinner and drinks, and you’ll be reminded about all the great things in life.
Discuss your New Year’s resolutions over an 18-inch pizza and a glass or two of crisp wine at The Conservatory. The restaurant sits right on Wynyard Quarter so you can people watch until your heart’s content. Open on 1 January from 11am, you can bet The Conservatory is going to be busy. 15% surcharge.
GOOD GEORGE NORTH WHARF
Feel free to get a little silly with the good people at Good George North Wharf in Wynyard Quarter, who have a beer or two waiting to wash away the stress of the 2020. With over 20 drinks on tap and plenty more to choose from, unwind in the bar or get yourself settled with snacks and enjoy the life happening along the boardwalk. Everything is good. Open from 12pm NYD with a 15% surcharge.
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Image credit: Oysters at Good George North Wharf