Archived: Metro Best Bars 2014

Central city bars on this year's list
1 October, 2014

The list is out on Metro's Best Bars for 2014. With 24 central city bars on the list, it's easy to see where you need to head to enjoy a good time and a good drink. From cosy cocktail and wine bars to craft beer clicks and live music venues, there's plenty to keep you well quenched and entertained on the list. 

16 Tun
Returning the call of craft beer aficionados near and far, Wynyard Quarter now boasts Auckland’s latest specialty craft beer bar.

Located in a stunning heritage building, 1885 is a chic destination in the burgeoning Britomart precinct containing all the ingredients for a seriously good night out.

Known for being the best tapas bar in town Bellota serve a range of premium Spanish and European wine and what’s even better is that tapas are available until late and so is the wine.​

The Botanist
With a wine list that's well worth tasting you can smell the roses (literally) while you drink at this spot in City Works Depot. The Botanist also have a new offering, open late on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings you can enjoy a wine or craft beer and watch the sunset. Perfection.

Brothers Beer
Brothers Beer is a must-visit destination for beer lovers. With over 200 beers on offer – 18 of these on tap – there is a beer for every taste.

More of a restaurant than a bar, we're guessing this spot made the list for their exotic wine list.

DeBrett's Housebar
With a carefully selected beverage list which includes classically inspired cocktails, local boutique beers, and New Zealand wine’s, Housebar will quickly become your new favourite bar. 

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar
In the bustling atmosphere of Depot the drinks list here is just as enticing as the food.

With a new menu of modern European food and drinks on offer, a large open-air courtyard and a split-level space offering multiple options for drinking and dining, there’s something for everybody at Everybody’s.​

Britomart bar, Fukuko, is a small but perfectly formed addition to Auckland's eating and drinking scene.  With a focus on shochu-based cocktails, the drinks menu is unlike anything you'll find elsewhere.   ​

The Grove
More well known for their fine dining offering, don't go past enjoying a drink from the impressive wine and cocktail list in a gorgeous setting at The Grove.

Imperial Lane
With an urban, industrial setting, resonant of alleyways in Melbourne and New York, this spot serves up gourmet hotdogs and craft beer to wash them down by evening.

Jack Tar
Firmly anchored in the generous traditions of kiwi hospitality, Jack Tar offers a bar fully stocked with cool draught and bottled beers, fine wines, fresh juices and quality spirits.

La Zeppa
A good spot for an after work drink or group catch up with an impressive outdoor deck featuring views of the city and a warm inviting indoor atmosphere. 

For true lovers of Japanese liquor this is the place to drink. Sake of every kind imaginable, bespoke offerings such as creating your own unique jar of sochu and an impressive number of Japanese beers are on the drinks list. 

The friendliest little bar in town. This classic corner bar is strategically located in the lower west side of downtown Auckland. It is a perfect place to chill after work, smooze late at night, or celebrate birthdays and special occasions. 

Ostro Bar and Brasserie
Giving you the choice of enjoying a drink with your sit down meal while looking out over the harbour, or on the open City Terrace, Ostro is one of our favourite spots for a drink. With an expertly curated drinks menu you'll be spoilt for choice of beverage too.

A bar and lounge with a luxe Hollywood vibe, the Roxy is an ideal spot for after work drinks or to while away the evening enjoying top local and international DJs.


Soul Bar and Bistro
If you're looking to enjoy a drink with a view then step into Soul Bar and onto its elegant all-weather terrace. Facing west to catch the spectacular sunsets and views out across the water it's perfect for those long lunches. The indoor dance floor and bar also provide the space for a good night on the town.

The Sugar Club
If you have a special occasion coming up then this is your go to. Enjoy a cocktail from the master mixologists and take in the breathtaking views of the city from up the Skytower. 

Tanuki's Cave
Travelling down the stairs to the cave like setting of Tanuki's you're immediately shrouded in an intimate atmosphere. With an extensive beer list of local and Japanese beers, plus a selection of tasty sake options, Tanuki's is a staple on the Auckland dining and bar scene.

Tyler Street Garage
Filling a gap in the downtown bar scene with a focus on no fuss, good food and friendly staff who whip up a good drink time and time again, not to mention their unique harbour facing open bar upstairs, there's a lot to love about this bar. ​

Vultures Lane
Quietly nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of shoppers​ on Vulcan Lane,  Vulture's Lane is the perfect place to enjoy an after work drink. The craft beer selection is terrific with great choices on tap and tapas menu is hard to beat. 

Queen's Ferry Hotel
If you're looking for a traditional pub that serves a good brew and quality pub fodder then this is the place for you. As the oldest license pub in Auckland, Queen's Ferry Hotel know how it's done.

Xuxu Dumpling
Pronounced “Su-su”, this is one of the city’s small gems, a cosy table-service bar just across Commerce Street from its older sibling Cafe Hanoi. The cocktails are always spot on (we highly recommend the chilli martini) and the dumpling menu is the perfect accompaniment to your drink.