A night here at Caluzzi is always a night out to remember. Auckland's most fabulous and friendly drag queens lip-sync to their favorite torch songs as you wine and dine in this cozy venue. Entry is by prior booking only. The entertainers chat at the tables, and later everyone is welcome on the dance floor. Caluzzi is popular with groups from all walks of life; but there is no point coming here if you are looking for a quiet night! The set dinner menu includes dishes such as Scotch fillet steak, vegetarian pasta and Thai chicken curry. Caluzzi is fully licensed.
There has always been funny business in this establishment--before it became a comedy theatre, it was a porn cinema! Now, you will find a varied array of funny folk from part-timers and professionals through to international comedians. Occasionally there are other events, such as music, film and video, and alternative cabaret. Check their website for details of events. There are two licensed bars and cabaret seating for up to 140 people.
This café is located on a character-rich pedestrian lane between Queen Street and High Street, right in the city centre. A charming establishment, the café features wooden floors, wooden walls and leather-clad booths. Due to its central location, it is a popular meeting place day or night. Occidental Belgian Cafe offers real Belgian beers on tap and great pots of mussels, Belgian style. They are fully licensed and have a good range of other drinks available, including fine coffee.
It's not difficult to be impressed by this contemporary restaurant/ bar/ nightclub at Auckland city center. Located on the Vulcan Lane, this perennial hangout opens its door early in the evening to some awesomely cooked wood-fired pizzas, and lip-smacking dishes like White Wine Pan Fried Prawns and Cold Cured Salmon, prepared from locally sourced ingredients. These delightful small bites complement well with the bar's famous Teapot cocktails like Shipwrecked, Long Island Iced Tea as well as the like of Sauv Blanc, Pinot Noir and Guinness from its list of beverages. As the day winds out, the tables make way for a spacious dance floor and stage which hosts the scintillating performance of indie rock bands and DJs. Make sure you walk in here with your dancing shoes to show off your moves to the crowd.
New Zealand opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa opened the centre in 1990, and the multi-purpose venue is host to productions by Opera New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Auckland Philharmonia, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as international artists, conventions and exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances. Various venues within the centre, such as the ASB Theatre, seat audiences from 180 to 2256.
If you want to experience a unique stay in Auckland then head to the Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery. They offer 10 fully furnished rooms that have basic amenities. You can see portraits of Shakespeare on the walls which gives the hotel a very classic appeal. A pioneer of the boutique brewery industry, the Shakespeare brews ten of its own beers on its premises. This is a traditional English-style pub with the unique decor. Downstairs there is a bar, a few booths, and some tables. The function room is upstairs with a lovely terrace for outdoor dining and drinking.
Fondou Cafe is just the place to come into when you want to treat yourself. A cute cafe in CBD, it has oodles of warmth with bright lights, open brick walls, and rustic charm. Fantastic coffees, a cozy ambiance, and excellent service are some hallmarks to expect at this establishment. The menu here consists of a tasty variety of baked goodies like delicious pastries, savory croissants, cakes, cookies, and a lovely selection of hearty sandwiches. Swing by here for a steaming cup in the mornings, or enjoy breakfast or lunch with your friends sitting by the large windows.
Apero Food and Wine is a modern eatery with the essence of the old world traditions, when it comes to cooking. This eatery is known for its toothsome food and absolutely envious list of wines. With dishes like Apéro charcuterie platter, Goats cheese croquettes, Kamahi honey and Roasted cauliflower, goats curd, almond & mint, crafted with love and care, orbiting the menu, you are bound to be impressed. The eatery believes that food and wine can solve it all! So come to Apero Food and Wine to relax in its friendly vibe, munch on great food and gulp it down with delicious wine.
Caretaker, a cocktail bar, seems to Auckland's best kept secret and a favorite hangout spot of the locals. Tucked away underground, the stairs lead you to a door which transports you into the dark yet lively atmosphere of this bar. This place is dark and cozy with plush furniture. They don't have a menu and you can order a cocktail of your choice with preferred flavors and see the mixologist prepare your heavenly drink. Their warm hospitality is just as good as their cocktails and if you want a relatively quiet place, delicious cocktails and mellow music, you know where to head to.
Chinoiserie Bar and Eatery is a popular restaurant serving authentic Taiwanese street food. They have a limited but delicious food menu with the main draw being the Gua Bao, steamed milk bun teamed with Sechuan chicken or spice pork belly or tofu or fried squid. Also worth tasting is their Asian slaw dish and Wasabi mayo with fries. Their drinks menu is limited too and they have six brands of wines and a few brands of bottled beer to choose from. Patrons can enjoy their drinks with delicious bar bites.
Brothers beer is a place that has everything that a beer fanatic has ever wished for. With almost 200 types of beers which include American, European, Australian, Belgian, or even beers brewed in New Zealand; this bar is a paradise for a beer lover. They have a brewery in the same space, which makes it even more unique. On some nights, live music adds more beauty to the ambiance of this place. The bar has a Tasting Lounge where myriad kinds of beer can be savored. It also serves as a venue for some events such as Beer Challenge, Tap Takeovers, etc. Their beers can be purchased through their website and even at the bar.
Cassia is a chef's dream and a foodie's destination. With a traditional cooking style, all the way from India, the chef here takes great care and effort to offering his guests the very best. The eatery is one of the best in city when it comes to Indian cuisine, coupled with a fine dining ambiance and an elaborate list of delicious wines. The dishes here feature a fusion of contemporary flavors with traditions of India. Stir fry of paneer & potato, korma sauce and Lamb seekh kabab, chilli, almonds, make up for some show stopper dishes, when had with wine. So head to Cassia, for a typical Indian traditional cooking experience.