The Heart of the City's Best Winter Bars

Our picks for where to have a restorative drink when it's cold outside
30 May, 2012

In celebration of the beginning of Winter tomorrow, here's our list of the top places in Auckland’s inner city to enjoy a warming tipple when it's freezing outside.


O’Carrolls is the perfect example of a traditional pub with all of the necessary components done very well. There’s an exhaustive selection of very good beers, a menu of tasty, hearty, simple food and an unpretentious fitout complete with fireplace.


If a spot of grandeur is what you need to shake you out of a winter funk, Housebar at Hotel DeBrett is the place to go. Take a seat on a fire-side sofa in the glass-roofed atrium with a glass of whiskey in hand and bask in the old-school charm of this five star hotel bar.


Walking into Bellota is like stepping into a different, more hospitable world. The combination of the warmly-lit, cave-like interior, the knowledgeable staff and the zesty Spanish flavours of the wine and tapas will be sure to win you over.