Six cosy Auckland bars to hibernate in this winter

by Kate Richards / 03 August, 2017

Settle into one of these welcoming Auckland bars for delicious drinks, moreish snacks and cosy company.

Satya Chai Lounge

Sandringham’s worst kept secret – Satya Spice and Chai Shop – now has a second venue, on Karangahape Road. Try and find it, then enjoy prohibition-style cocktails, spicy street snacks and piping hot masala chai. 271 Karangahape Rd

Bellota

An extensive sherry list and plenty of medium to full-bodied Spanish reds make this the ideal pre-theatre winter watering hole. A plate of warm Spanish olives with herbs and garlic should help you feel very far away from the rain.
91 Federal St, central city

Gypsy Tearoom 

Twinkling fairy lights illuminate the outside of this cozy corner bar; the soft inner glow beckons you. Period-esque decorative flourishes and warm service give the illusion of drinking in an old parlour. 455 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

Lovebucket

A prohibition-style bar at the back of K’ Rd Food Workshop where head bartender (and drinks enthusiast) Brandon Walker does wicked things with gin. His very strong cocktails will light a fire in your belly. 309 Karangahape Road

Mo’s

An Auckland favourite for 20 years. Head down early on a Friday arvo and nab the corner booth, then feel the warmth and Friday night revelry as hordes of office workers descend. The cosmopolitans come highly recommended. Cnr Federal & Wolfe St, central city

The Corner Store 

If you’re going to brave the cold to catch up with a friend, it may as well be over a bottle of wine, not a glass. Here, a thoughtful list of by-the-bottle options accompanies boutique whisky and classic cocktails. 25 Mount Eden Rd, Eden Terrace

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