As summer rolls around, the date night options grow beyond simply eating out or parking up on the couch. Later sunsets and warmer evenings provide the perfect backdrop for any date. If you are wanting to impress but are short of ideas, check out our favourites to ensure you have a romantic time with a special someone. 

Soul Bar and Bistro

Dessert at Soul Bar & Bistro | Viaduct Harbour, Corner of Lower Hobson Street and Customs Street West

Treat your date to the mouth watering vanilla bean crème brûlée at Soul Bar. With a decadent apple crumble and accompanied by rhubarb ice-cream, this perfect combination will be a sweet end to a romantic evening. Our advice: get one to share to make it more intimate.

Q Theatre

Catch a show at Q Theatre | 305 Queen Street

Showcasing the city’s most exciting dance and drama, be sure to catch a show at Q Theatre. A uniquely New Zealand and simultaneously world-class theatre experience will leave your date utterly impressed. As an added bonus: Q Theatre’s café and bar serves a full menu of delicious offerings to round off the evening. 

White and Wongs

Waterside dining at White + Wongs on The Viaduct 

Dinner at White + Wongs | Viaduct Harbour, 149 Quay Street

The Viaduct is far from short of great dining options, but don’t pass by the Asian-fusion of White & Wongs. Bringing their take on classic street food from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, White & Wongs makes an eclectic mix of Asian cuisines the perfect accompaniment to the incomparable views of Auckland’s harbour. 

The Classic Comedy Club

Laugh your way through Comedy Night at The Classic | 321 Queen Street

Skip the tried television comedy special and get out to one of The Classic Comedy Club’s ‘Big Wednesday’ comedy nights. With a roster of 12 comedians and room for groups, ‘Big Wednesday’ is the perfect excuse to spend the night laughing away with someone special or on a double date. 

The Glass Goose

Enjoy rooftop drinks at The Glass Goose | 78 Federal Street 

Hidden at the top of a concealed staircase, the Glass Goose is a secluded rooftop bar - botanically inspired and bursting with character. Once inside, you’ll find a menu full of sharing plates and an expertly chosen drinks list, sure to cater to all. Staying true to its nature, you will leave The Glass Goose wanting to keep your new favourite bar a well-kept secret.

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar

Get supper outdoors at Depot | 86 Federal Street

Federal Steet’s Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar  is a consistently impressive gastronomic hotspot, and the summer months lend themselves to lighter evenings, best spent at one of their many outdoor tables. Grab a glass of champagne and some Bluff oysters, or a plate of sliders and one of the house beers - no matter your choice, a summer evening meal at Depot will not leave you or your date disappointed.

Caretaker

Nod along to Jazz Night at Caretaker | 40 Customs Street

Known for its tailored approach to cocktails inspired by the golden era of bartending, Caretaker serve their unique cocktails in an inimitably cosy setting. What better way to enjoy the evening than to a soundtrack of Parisian gypsy jazz from the Voxnova quartet.

Swing band and cabaret

Watch a swing band and cabaret show | Twentyone, Level 3 Sky City 

Taking cues from the roaring 1920s - Speakeasy Thursdays at Skycity will have you reliving a bygone era. Think the Great Gatsby and the Prohibition, dance the night away to the swing music of the Big Ticket Band.

Giapo

Stroll along the waterfront while enjoying an ice cream from Giapo | 12 Gore Street

If you are looking to entertain yourself and the kids this summer, head down to Giapo to pick up a cone and stroll along Auckland’s waterfront. Experience their artistic take on gelato with their creative concoctions and take the rare opportunity to devour a colossal squid - don’t worry, it’s just an ice cream. 

Last updated: 11 December 2019

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