As winter settles in finding a cosy spot to grab a drink is the ideal way to spend a brisk evening in the city. From intimate table seating to standing room only bars this list will take you on a journey through some of Auckland's most exciting and cosy little bars.

XuXu Dumpling Bar | Cnr of Galway Street and Commerce Street 

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XuXu Dumpling Bar

Step through the doors of this enchanting little bar and sit down to an intimate night of fragrant cocktails and delicious South-East Asian inspired dishes. A sister restaurant to the beloved Cafe Hanoi, XuXu’s is a foliage lined space waiting for you to explore.

Caretaker | 40 Roukai Lane

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Below the ground level of Roukai lane hides a cocktail bar of unique charm and cool ambience. Caretaker takes table service to the next level – discuss flavour profiles, favourite spirits and favourite fruits with your bartender and sit back as they prepare you a one-of-a-kind beverage. Reminiscent of speakeasies of the past, this dimly lit bar with beautifully arranged leather seating is cosy in all the right ways.

Housebar | Hotel Debrett, 2 High Street

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This cosy art deco style cocktail bar is located on the first floor of hotel Hotel Debrett and serves classically inspired drinks as well as boutique beers and wines. Enjoy the luxury of the hotel without a booking as you relax in velvet chairs and are waited on by the excellent staff.

Mo’s | Cnr of Federal and Wolfe Street

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 Catch up with friends at this classic after work watering hole and enjoy the cosy, often standing room only atmosphere of Mo’s. This laid-back bar has a community feel and employs some of the best bartenders in the city. Grab a quick drink or settle in for a night of unique cocktails.

Fukuko | 43 Tyler Street

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Reflecting the excitement of Britomart, Fukuko is Tyler Street’s best little bar to grab a drink and a snack. As the little brother to Ebisu, Fukuko has an equally impressive snack menu as it does beverage list. The intimate dining seating here is spread through the bar creating a classic refreshingly cosy feel with hidden elements Japanese bar culture.

The Jefferson | Imperial Building, Basement Level, 7 Fort Lane

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This unique Imperial Lane bar Designed by Paul Izzard strikes the balance between chic and comfort. Relax in this welcoming space and experience the excellent service provided by the staff as you sip away on one of the 600 whiskeys or 350+ gins The Jefferson has on offer.

Last updated: 28 June 2019