Given New Zealand’s thriving wine industry, Auckland’s wine bar scene is not one to rave about but don’t despair, we’ve put together a guide of our favourite vinous hangouts in the City of Sails.
Here is our Auckland Wine Bar Guide:
“Your inner-city casual local!” With tons of ambience, delicious food by chef Leslie and an expertly selected wine list by somm Mo, this small wine bar on one of Auckland’s hippest streets is our go-to place for a glass of fine New Zealand or overseas vino.
Mo is always keen to share his knowledge in an unpretentious and casual way. A wine wanker free environment with plenty of charm that makes you feel as if you’re sitting at Mo’s and Leslie’s dinner table.
Find out more about Mo and Apéro in our Q&A here!
Old world meets new world! Wine Chambers is situated in the historic General Buildings in the CBD. The building was originally built to house Yorkshire General Insurance in 1928 and remains its elegant and grand setting. The extensive wine list offers predominantly New Zealand wines, as well as Australian and European drops. Wine Chambers is the perfect place for that special dinner or fancy lunch you’re planning on having for ages!
Go East at Fukuko! This hip, small Japanese bar has a great selection of plum wine, sake and even wine on tap. The perfect stop for Friday drinks on the way to Britomart train station or to kick-off a big night with their selection of Shōchū, a distilled spirit.
The name sets the scene! This inner-city chic establishment serves more than 45 champagne varieties with the freshest oysters available. Signed a deal or a celebrating a promotion? This is the place to go!
7 Fort Lane or 44 Queen St, CBD
It might take two street names to find this place but it’s definitely worth the search! Tucked away in the Imperial Building, Everybody’s takes its name from the 100 year-old theatre the space once housed. Its ambience has been preserved by a stylish interior fit-out with a large open-air courtyard creating enough room to bring your friends or sip here in style with your partner on date-night.
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This is the perfect winter wine bar so make sure you’ll do a trip over the bridge soon. Not only the carefully selected wine list will make you forget the time at this local gem, their food is also outstanding and worth the travel!
As the vinous cousin of Auckland’s popular Molten Restaurant this bar is not only a great place to meet because of its central location, the extensive wine list created by somm Sven Nielsen is a a love letter to New Zealand wine. The perfect place for a wine o’clock get-together with friends and colleagues!
440 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
If you’re after a true local hangout with live music in a quaint and bohemian setting look no further. Freida Margolis is located in one of Auckland’s trendiest suburbs and is THE place to meet local creatives over a glass of vino or two!
A relatively new kid on the block, Meadow is a great addition to one of Auckland’s poshest suburbs. The beautifully designed courtyard by famed interior designer Virginia Fisher is calling for a ladies lunch on Friday with some bubbles. A perfect vinous summer lunch spot if you’re out that way!
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