During the winter months all we want to be is niiice and toasty…with a glass of red in hand. And there’s no better place to achieve said goals than at a bar with a crackling fireplace. From cosy little nooks to bigger spots with roaring flames, we’ve taken our frosty selves to defrost by the fireplaces of Auckland bars.
Sound like something you also need to do? Too right. Here are the best bars with fireplaces in Auckland. Chilliness, be gone.
Located in Britomart is one of Auckland’s cosiest spots to date. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to lax out next to the fireplace with a cocktail in hand, or simply feel like snugging up next to total warmness with a delicious meal––Orleans is the place for you. And yes, we’re talking to all you student flatties because money is tight and you simply cannot afford to have those heaters running all night long.
Fireplace Bar & Brassiere
Take a trip to Kumeu and prepare yourselves for ultimate comfort this winter. This place is a total steal, whether you’re dining with family, kids, or your bae, The Fireplace Bar & Brassiere provide you with one of the cosiest nights out this winter. Typical bar food and brews are on offer, as well as a promise for good vibes all day, everyday.
46 & York
Instead of reaching for your loyal puffer jacket this winter, drag your chilly butt to 46 & York and nab a leather chair next to their fireplace. While this Parnell bar puts on the sunny day drinking vibes during the summer, they also know a thing or two about creating a snug, winter-friendly space. They’ve got a damn fine cocktail menu plus a handful of dishes you won’t be able to resist. Think bourbon BBQ wagyu meatballs, blue cheese chicken wings and spiced waffles, and venison Denver schnitzel.
Hidden down Roukai Lane, Racket Bar is a shabby chic spot to warm up at. With live music, a raging outdoor fireplace and an impressive rum and beer selection, Racket is the kinda place that makes you forget about the cold the moment you arrive. Better yet, it’s open ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
Not only is La Zeppa a stellar rooftop drinking spot, it has everything you need for a snug evening of winter drinking. A huuuuge outdoor fireplace sits in the dining area so you can stay warm while you munch on sharing plates and sip on wine. Not to mention their pork tacos are some of the tastiest tacos in town and it'd be a crime to not bite in to one of these.
Dida’s Wine Lounge
Meaning ‘Grandfather’ in Croatian, Dida’s Wine Lounge & Tapas Bar combines two of our favourite things—wine and tapas—with a toasty fireplace to have them by. There’s patatas bravas, soft goat’s cheese with truffled honeycomb and fig-rosemary toast, and churros with chocolate sauce for those who need to satisfy their sweet tooth. Dida’s also recently opened their cellar so you can hand-pick a perfectly aged bottle of vino to enjoy with your tapas and warmth.
Hotel De Brett’s House Bar is known for its cosy vibes and excellent cocktail list. This art deco bar boasts an inviting gas fireplace and feels more like someone’s home than a hotel bar. Take your boo for a date night and they’ll defs be impressed.
An open fireplace AND a wood fire pizza oven located outside, we couldn’t ask for anything more. With blankets scattered around their outside area, Neighbourhood Brewbar in Kingsland is the ideal bar to cosy up to in the colder days. To make this an evening of heart-warming perfection, treat the soul to the hot cookie dough in a skillet which is oozing with melted Whittaker’s chocolate and rich Nutella.
Stafford Road Wine Bar
You can’t beat neighbourhood bars and Stafford Road Wine Bar is one of the best in A-town. Share an artisan meat board or get amongst the hearty tartiflette (potatoes, cheese, lardons and onion—the ultimate winter tucker) washed down with mulled wine by the fire. There’s really no other way to warm up on a chilly evening than at an Auckland bar with a fireplace.
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