Auckland city centre is well known for its spectacular harbour views, warm summers, and fabulous bars. So why not combine all three and visit one of our favourite bars with a stunning view this summer! Whether it’s high atop the Sky Tower, or right on the water's edge, we have selected the best bars within the city centre that boasts a great view with a drinks list to match.

Saint Alice

Saint Alice | Level 1/204 Quay Street

Saint Alice is a spacious and sun-soaked bar and eatery overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. With fantastic sea views best enjoyed while sipping on one of their various G&T options, Saint Alice is the perfect spot for a summertime catch up. We recommend the refreshing Saint George Botanivore before taking your pick from their locally inspired menu.

Dr Rudi's

Dr Rudi's | Level 2/204 Quay Street

Directly opposite Saint Alice sits Viaduct-favourite Dr Rudi’s. There will be no problem quenching your thirst as Dr Rudi’s have their own award winning brewery onsite. Choose from one of the 17 tap beers or peruse their extensive wine and cocktail list if you are after something without hops. Once the sun sets, head inside for a game of ten-pin bowling.

The Culpeper

The Culpeper | 143-147 Princess Wharf 

Located right on the water’s edge, The Culpeper is a bar and eatery that focuses on barbequed cuisine and seafood from around the world. Grab a table outside, order a craft beer off their ever-changing beer menu and watch the waterfront action while basking in the sun.

The Churchill

The Churchill | 396 Queen Street, inside the Four Points by Sheraton 

Found on the 20th floor of Auckland’s Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, The Churchill is the best place to gaze down on Auckland’s stellar cityscape while enjoying a refreshing glass of Pol Roger, their house champagne. Not only are the views of the city breathtaking, but the Churchill's Artdeco interior is equally worthy of admiration. If that is not enough to draw you in, then the extensive selection of gins should be.

HI-SO

HI-SO Rooftop Bar | 67 Customs Street East

For a more luxurious evening, book yourself into one of the HI-SO’s private booths for the night and indulge with a select few friends. Try on of their signature cocktails, or one of the many varieties of whiskey they have available. If a private booth is not your thing, the bar also has an outdoor terrace from which to enjoy unrivalled panoramic views of Auckland city.

The Sugar Club

The Sugar Club | Sky Tower Level 53, 72 Victoria Street West

Take the elevator to the 53rd floor of Auckland’s Sky Tower for a table at The Sugar Club. With incredible views of the Hauraki Gulf and the city centre there is no better way to take your dining experience to new heights. Fine food, creative cocktails and an award winning wine list - the perfect accompaniment to the unique setting. For a more casual evening, head up early to enjoy their daily happy hour from 5pm-7pm or 9pm-11pm.

SEVEN

SEVEN | 52 Tyler Street

The boisterous rooftop bar SEVEN boasts some of the best views of Auckland’s harbour. Offering all manners of Asiatic dining thanks to Ebisu head chef, Fred Wong, and a nuanced selection of drinks - it’s not just the view people go for. With a host of international DJ spinning tunes that make SEVEN come alive, be prepared for an evening that lasts until the early hours of the morning.

La Zeppa

La Zeppa | 33 Drake Street

The open air terrace of La Zeppa is dotted with colourful lanterns and overlooks Victoria Park as well as the greater central city. Situated in the shell of an old industrial warehouse, this cosy and charming bar offers a range of Medditerenean inspired tapas best shared with a group of friends on their sun-drenched rooftop or warm fire. Don’t forget to order a jug of either their white or rosé sangria.

Last updated: 17 December 2019

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