Auckland's Best Rooftop Bars
What better way to take in a new city than from a stylish rooftop bar sipping on a signature cocktail or local brew right? Great for a spot of people watching too. Well Auckland has come of age with a selection of hidden and locally-loved viewing decks with bars. Here’s where the locals go for Auckland’s best rooftop bars.
The discrete newcomer on the block, The Churchill is sitting pretty as Auckland’s highest rooftop bar atop the Four Points By Sheraton.
On arrival, you’re presented with stunning 180 degree harbour views and a killer gin menu of some +170 brands from around the world. The food is great too, offering a variety of tasters and shared plates to impress like smoked Halloumi sliders and the 'can’t go-past' curly fries. Eat, drink and make merry all the while gazing down on Auckland’s Queen Street and scenic seaside beauty.
Step out of the 7th floor elevator into SEVEN and you’re confronted with the best waterfront view of downtown Auckland. This is the ultimate ‘impress the visitor’ or first-date night venue with its floor to ceiling windows, extensive pan-Asian menu and mouthwatering selection of cocktails. Impress your table by ordering the popular salted coconut espresso martini and sip away.
Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co
This place is party central when the winning boat comes in. Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co and celebrating the America’s cup go hand-in-hand. It’s one of the most iconic rooftop bars in New Zealand and injects a whole lot of energy into the downtown Viaduct. Hop on the escalator to Dr Rudi’s and you’ll soon find yourself drinking beer brewed on-site and chowing down on metre-long pizzas. When you tire of the waterfront view, take aim down the bar’s indoor bowling lanes or launch yourself onto the dance floor enjoying live DJs on the weekend.
CUSTOMS STREET, CBD
Style, hipster and swank combine at Hi-So on the 16th floor of the SO/Auckland hotel. Not only do gorgeous panoramic views of Auckland harbour, Rangitoto and the North Shore await, you’ll also find an epic drinks menu. This inner-city gem is considered the place to be seen if you're out to impress and one of Auckland’s best cocktail bars.
VICTORIA PARK, CBD
Get your dose of vitamin D while gazing upon the beautiful Victoria Park in a warm and inviting atmosphere. An industrial NYC design is transported to the City of Auckland with the masterful Sky Tower soaring above. Unwind with live music, Mediterranean tapas and cocktail creations at one of Auckland’s most well-known rooftop bars.
GRAND MECURE HOTEL, CBD
Sit back and take in the charming views of Auckland's Queen Street. Located on the top floor of the Grand Mecure, the sophisticated atmosphere is a perfect spot to unwind with friends after a long day. Sip away on a drink of your choice and get snacking on some of their delicious finger foods including crumbed camembert bites and truffle parmesan fries - yum!
So work up a thirst on our Hello Auckland walking tour then dive into the city’s thriving rooftop bar scene for a warm welcome and a local drink or two. You won’t be disappointed.
Image credit: Hi-So courtesy of Urban List