Auckland, also known as the “City of Sails” is ranked among the top 20 most “livable cities” of the world. With a bustling city life and hospitable people, Auckland is the place to be if you’re looking for a getaway. The big city is home to some of the finest bars in the country. If the daily grind is getting to you, or you’ve had a long day exploring the city, here are the best 5 bars you can go to for a cold one and unwind.
Orleans is probably the most happening place you ought to be in on a weekend. It’s not just a bar; you’ll find a lot more than every cocktail and beer you can imagine. It’s also a restaurant and performance venue. So, if you’re craving for a big hearty dinner, and in the mood for some relaxing blues, soul and jazz, then the Orleans is probably a good idea. The jazz and blues touch is inspired from the cultural history of New Orleans, US where legends like Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet and Mahalia Jackson brought the Jazz music to life.
2. The Basement
The Basement is a hot hub for new and upcoming artists in Auckland. You’ll find a diverse range of performances taking place here, by musicians, comedians, poets and even dancers. If you’re looking for some entertainment and fine drinks, then the basement is your best bet. Most that come to the basement are not only coming for their great customer service, but to check out the local talent as well. It’s a comfortable tucked away place with a mellow ambiance you’ve been longing for throughout the week.
3. Neck of the Woods
Neck of the Woods is located in the downtown area on the Karangahape road, in the heart of Auckland. You’ll find a range of the most refreshing brewed craft beer here, along with authentic cocktails. If you’re looking for a Pina Colada or a martini, they’re sure to satisfy you with the original taste for any of the drinks. Additionally, Neck of the Woods is one of Auckland’s premier venues for rock music! In fact, bands from all over Kiwiland come to exhibit their talent, so you can enjoy yourself if the rock scene is your thing or you just want to enjoy your drinks.
Despite the off throwing name, everything about this place is modern, elegant and fashionable. The décor and ambiance of 1885 will make you feel more relaxed with their dark leather seats, brick work and dim lighting. Additionally, the bar is a multi floor building featuring the coolest and the most popular DJs in entire Auckland, who perform on the weekends as well as during the week. The pleasant environment will soothe you if the music doesn’t.
This fine bar is inspired by a luxury Hollywood bar and is located in the Imperial Building in Auckland’s CBD, where a century old theatre once existed. The vibrant cocktails and the exquisite view of Auckland’s city skyline keep the customers coming back because they can’t have enough of both. Furthermore, you can also find DJs from all over the country and the world perform in this great little joint where you can dance to great music, watch beautiful scenery and treat yourself to great drinks!