Auckland is arguably home to some of New Zealand’s best wine bars. Whether you’re looking for a new place for Friday drinks, a post-dinner bar, or simply your next local, these top 10 wine bars in Auckland leave you spoilt for choice. All bars have expertly curated wine lists, a great atmosphere, and the x-factor in common but each one of them offers a unique vibe.
280 Karangahape Road
“Your inner-city casual local!” Cozy ambience, delicious food by chef Leslie and an expertly selected wine list by somm Mo, this small wine bar on one of Auckland’s hippest streets is one of my favorite places for a glass of fine New Zealand or overseas vino.
Mo is keen to share his knowledge in an unpretentious and casual way. A wine wanker free environment with plenty of charm that makes you feel as if you’re sitting at Mo’s and Leslie’s dinner table.
277 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Be quick to get a table because this natural wine bar is an Auckland icon. Once you have secured a spot you’ll be spoilt with an extensive wine list carrying and a delicious aperitivo menu. Open from 3pm daily, Annabel’s is an excellent post-work haven.
43 Martin Avenue, Mount Albert
Bar Martin is neighbourhood bar and wine shop in the suburb of Mt. Albert, about 15 minute drive from the CBD. Their extensive wine list makes the trip out west worthwhile and warms your wine connoisseur’s heart.
265 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
This neighborhood restaurant and wine bar wins you over with its courtyard and larger-than-life wine list. After-work drinks, easily roll into dinner at this community-focused hot spot.
224 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
If you’re looking for a classic atmosphere, EST. 1901 is the place to go. “Blending the old, new, and all the good things in-between” is their motto and this cozy space oozes comfort, style, and a bold character, just like an aged Bordeaux blend.
Queenies Caffé And Vino
24 Spring Street, Freemans Bay
AM flat white, PM Syrah. Queenies Caffé and Vino is an all-day eatery that wins you over with its modern, yet cozy decor, delicious food, and a spot on wine list. Perfect for people-watching through the lush ivy that’s covering its terrace, this cute little corner spot is a must-visit.
Stafford Road Wine Bar
141 Queen Street, Northcote Point, North Shore
Old-world charm meets new-world wines. This is the perfect winter wine bar so make sure you’ll do a trip over the bridge on a chilly day. The carefully selected wine list and delectable food matches at this local gem are worth the travel!
Shop 9, Snickel Lane, 23 Customs Street
La Fuente Wine & Mezcal offers well, wine and mezcal. Their wine list features natural as well as traditional wines from all around the world and around 30 artisan mezcal options from Oaxaca in Mexico. Salud!
440 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
If you’re after a true local hangout with live music in a quaint and bohemian setting look no further. Freida Margolis is located in one of Auckland’s trendiest suburbs and is THE place to meet local creatives over a glass of vino or two!
East St. Hall
5 East Street, CBD
When a Samoan church turns bar, club, and event space, you can expect an eclectic mix. Bold colors, a left-field wine list, and an authentic pizza menu. East St. Hall’s generous courtyard calls for weekend drinks with friends.
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