While the most important part of a romantic date night is, of course, the company you keep – a delicious cocktail and a cosy spot to play footsies certainly add a little something to the vibe of a date.
The great news is, Auckland is absolutely awash with cocktail bars to set the mood just right.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, looking for a weekend treat, or catching up after work on a weekday, we’ve rounded up the top 5 cocktail bars in Auckland to indulge in a cocktail (or three!) for a romantic date night.
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The people behind authentic speakeasy Deadshot champion the idea that cocktails should be for all occasions, not just special occasions. Deadshot is a neighbourhood bar for ‘grown up drinking, moody blues and dark corners’.
So, why not cosy up in a corner with that special someone and let the expert mixologists take the reins as they conjure up a bespoke, vintage-inspired cocktail to fit each and every one of your unique tastes.
Choose this date spot if: you like your cocktail bars dark, intimate and moody.
Tequila…need we say more? Hidden in Commercial Bay lies an authentic Mexican bar sure to delight Mezcal and tequila lovers. All the way from New York City, award-winning bar Ghost Donkey brings it’s fun to Auckland.
With over 35 different mezcals and tequilas on the menu, and a delicious array of bites to pair – Ghost Donkey is the perfect spot for an after-work cocktail. Better yet, it’s known for it’s high energy atmosphere after dark, so head here on a Friday or Saturday night for a date night to remember.
Choose this date if: you love the simple things in life like margaritas and tacos.
Rooftop at QT
If you’re able to tear your gaze away from your loved one while sitting at the Rooftop at QT, you might notice that you’re sitting storeys above ground level, with beautiful views across the harbor and out to the Pacific.
Featuring an extensive cocktail menu, complemented by a sophisticated local wine list and Mediterranean-style tapas, the Rooftop at QT Auckland is the place to be for a sunset cocktail.
Choose this date if: you delight in pairing your cocktails with a view to match.
Pineapple on Parnell
With no sign on the door – this cocktail bar feels exclusive from the moment you walk in. Boasting a comprehensive cocktail list, and an intimate setting with a touch of eclectic character, this Parnell Road bar is ideal for a special date night. Dress up in your best, check when your partner’s available on Cupla and head to Pineapple on Parnell.
Cosy up into a corner and indulge in a cocktail, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch some Live Piano or Jazz that they often have on offer.
Choose this date spot if: you’re looking to dress up and indulge in the other-worldly.
Bedford Soda & Liquor
Find yourself in need of an after-work date night spot? Bedford Soda & Liquor are in Ponsonby to fill all of your cocktail desires. With an extensive menu jam-packed with all kinds of boozy creations, you’re bound to find something to impress your partner.
Bedford dishes out some of the most fun and innovative cocktails in the city. Don’t just take our word for it, head there and try The Polynesian Painkiller (served in a flaming tiki bowl!).
Choose this date spot if: you’re wanting to be inspired by the American beverage scene. Think New York trends from the late 1800s golden era through to today’s modern mixological millennium.
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