Wondering where to spend your next Friday night? Head to the waterfront where there are plenty of buzzing bars surrounded by beautiful harbour views. Whether you’re looking to spend your Friday night dancing to live music, having some casual drinks with friends or indulging in heavenly food, there is something for everyone down at our waterside bars.

Soul Bar and Bistro |16-18 Crn of Lower Hobson St and Custom St 


Head to Soul Bar and Bistro for good vibes and a few Friday night drinks. The vibrant restaurant is located on the Viaduct Harbour and is the perfect little spot to see stunning sunset views. Grab a bite to eat and one of their irresistible hand-crafted cocktails, then have a boogie to the live Friday night music. It’s the best way to start your weekend.

Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co. | Level 2/204 Quay Street 

Bowling lanes

Unwind on a Friday evening after work with a cold brew from Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co. Relax and enjoy the spectacular waterfront views, and the sound of cool blues/rock n roll from the live entertainment. Order one of their award-winning beers and share some pizzas with friends, then check out Rudi’s free-to-use bowling lanes out back, they are guaranteed to be a great time.

Coley & Punch | Shed 22, 147 Quay Street 

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Coley & Punch is cosy bar nestled on Princes Wharf. The bar offers an extensive range of cocktails and a selection of 250 different types of whisky and scotch from around the world. Banter with the friendly bar staff, make yourself at home and sit back with a cold beverage while you enjoy the beautiful views of the harbour. It is the perfect way to end the work week.

The Lula Inn | 149 Quay Street 


The Lula Inn

Get tropical this Friday at The Lula Inn, a garden oasis tucked away in downtown Auckland. This bar, eatery and slice of paradise was inspired by areas within the South Pacific. They serve fresh, local food that is great for sharing. With plenty of cocktail concoctions, a lively atmosphere and insane views of the ocean, you have all the ingredients for a fun Friday night.

Sardine | 149 Quay Street 

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Sardine is a vibrant cocktail bar situated on the Viaduct, in a prime position to receive incredible views of the harbour. Enjoy a glass of French bubbles or a bespoke cocktail made just how you like it, while you take in the stunning views. Order food from neighbouring restaurants, White + Wong’s and Burger Boy, they have delicious food that is sure to full your belly. This buzzing bar will definitely have some good vibes for your Friday night. 

Headquarters | 101 Customs Street West 

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Meet a group of friends at Headquarters harbour side bar and restaurant this Friday night. Curb your hunger with some of their humble and delicious food, accompanied with a drink from their fully stocked bar. Park up in the HQ bean bags out the front and relax whilst admiring the view of the glistening harbour and listening to the live music, it is sure to be a pleasant evening.

Saint Alice | Level, Cnr Quay & Hobson Street 

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Spend your Friday night dining with a view at Saint Alice on the Viaduct. The bar and eatery has an incredible list of drinks and a mouth-watering food menu, with a close focus of fresh kaimoana. Order a delicious drink and a couple dishes to share with friends, then enjoy the stunning view of the sea, there is no better way to celebrate Friday.

Last updated: 21 August 2019