Ho, ho, holy snowball…. December is nearly here and its time to get our Christmas party on. Is it just us, or did this year really sneak up on us? I mean, we're not complaining. Bring on the mince pies and a summer BBQ please. The only time of the year when its acceptable to eat to full excess, and instead of heading to the gym, you simply head to bed for a nap. Winning!
One of the best parts about ending your year however, is the annual work Christmas party… (the only time of the year when you can get inexcusably inebriated in front of your boss, all in the name of santa). You work hard… you play hard right? But just because you haven’t planned anything yet, doesn’t mean it's too late. Here we have pulled together a list of kick-ass Christmas venues that will take your festivities from 0 to 100 Christmas style.
The Garden Shed
The Garden Shed, located in Mount Eden village, is arguably one of Auckland’s best kept secrets when it comes to planning a christmas do. Not only is this gorgeous spot sporting large rooftop pot plants and beautiful garden inspired fauna, but they also have a delightful menu filled with seasonal goods and Christmas flare. What's more—the stunning courtyard is cosy and festive, and can comfortably host 70 people for your end-of-year shindig.
White and Wong's
With an exotic array of noodles, curries, dumplings and more… the food at White and Wong's is not the only reason you should book your end of year function here. With up to six function rooms to choose from, why not get extra fancy and hire out the fabulous Waterview room—with a stunning outlook of the Waitemata harbour. Arrange catering in advance and set up your tab… and you’re good to go.
The first thing we should mention about Saint Alice, are the espresso martinis. These are a MUST DO, and because it's Christmas, you must have at least four. Promise? Okay cool. So Saint Alice can do the drinks… but what else can it do? Well… this sun soaked eatery and bar is the perfect spot for all things festive, offering live music and a mouthwatering seasonal menu. And if you are after something a bit more exclusive, then ‘Little Alice’ can be hired out for up to 60 people. We say… Let the saints come marching in.
If you like a classy yet casual vibe for your end of year festivities (or any time of year really), then Dr Rudi’s is definitely the place for you. For small groups of 25-30 people, the bespoke Brewers Corner is conveniently located right next to the bar. An essential component of any good Christmas party right? And additionally, if you are looking for a spot to host a few more peeps, then the bowling alleys are a must. Hit the margaritas, devour some canapés… and hey, Santa’s ya uncle.
Mekong Baby is one of the best asian-fusion restaurants in Auckland, and it now offers a picture perfect private dining space for your more intimate Christmas celebrations. Not only will you eat and drink like the kings and queens you are, but it's now in the privacy of your own special room. Say it louder for the kids in the back—ready to party!
It's not a Kiwi Christmas without some finger licking seafood and a cold, crisp beer in hand. So grab a table at the Crab Shack and get ready to tuck in with your colleagues for the end of year round up. Ahh yes sir we'll have the fish and chips. And the beautiful seafood marinara please. Oh, and while we have the company card—lets hit it hard with 200 grams of king crab legs. YUM. The perfect spot for any size or group… this classic Kiwi Christmas is what dreams are made of.
It's time to blow off some steam and roll into one of Auckland’s favourite year round venues, Euro. You can enjoy the glorious waterfront views, engage in some quality people-watching, and make a toast to some bloody good Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Hey you, you deserve it. This venue is available for both small and large groups, and is a great place to end your work year, and kick into the next one.
Beautiful Viaduct hotspot Soul is the perfect spot for your christmas get togethers, given its fantastic location in the sun, endless cocktail menu, and various options for private hire space. Located right in the heart of the city, private bookings for 14 or more include a perfectly planned set menu, and if you are after a larger group, then canapés and cocktails will be provided alongside a portable and customisable bar.
Cable Bay Winery
Popping over to Waiheke for the day is always a great idea… and Cable Bay truly is Instagram ‘goals’ when it comes to getting your end of year festive pic. With two restaurants, two beautiful private dining areas, and an array of tailor-made Christmas packages on offer… this is the perfect spot to sip away your end of year work worries. Its time to sign off. You can even opt for a tour of the premises… where you will wander the vines, sip award-winning vino, and finish by parking up in the sunshine with your colleagues to enjoy some delicious food. The perfect way to end your year at the office.
The team at Burger Burger most certainly know how to whip up a beautiful burger and some killer sides… but they also have you covered when it comes to your end of year celebrations. From a long lunch with beers and burgers in the sunshine, to a more intimate cocktail style gathering in the evening, Burger Burger Newmarket are now available for private dining and events. Plan the perfect Christmas shindig now.
Nothing says office Christmas party like singing bad karaoke in front of people you are normally super reserved with. With a delicious cocktail menu and selection of set menu, or canapés to choose from, the Vodka Room is perfect. With three different bars, and an array of private function rooms to hire, the option of karaoke is an obvious yes… you and your work mates can sing to your heart's content. Just as long as you don’t sing Mariah Carey's Santa Baby directly to your boss of course. Or do… It is Christmas after all.
Why not celebrate your Christmas function on Auckland’s biggest rooftop terrace at Tom Tom. With customisable catering and beverage options for the evening, you can choose from three bookable spaces. Under the marquee, in at the bar, or overlooking Auckland CBD in the evening on the rooftop deck, this spot is the place to be for getting LIT.
Always good to have an after party plan. Check out our guide to Auckland's best rooftop bars.
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