Many of the venues in Auckland have become even more cosmopolitan in recent years since hosting the America’s Cup. There are pubs, clubs and fully licensed cafes to suit everyone’s taste. This multicultural environment means styles of clubs range from original live music venues, to hip-hop, and from house music to hard rock and heavy metal. Pubs and nightclubs in Auckland are licensed to stay open to either, 3am if the venue is located in a commercially zoned area, or 11pm if the venue is located in any other type of zone. The drinking age is 18, which is stringently enforced by the local police. Draught beer is the most common drink ordered at bars, it is ordered usually in a ’twelve’, which is a 12-fluid ounce glass, about 350ml. If you order a ‘handle’ you will receive a half-litre mug with a handle, jugs or pitchers of beer can also be bought and usually measure at just over one litre.
Cnr Darby and Queen Streets, Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland's number one backpacker bar has something going on seven nights a week. Mondays are 'big eat and karaoke night' where you can stuff your face before embarrasing yourself, while on Wednesdays its $4 drinks all night. But don't worry if you miss that one - there are drinks promos all week.
Open daily from 6pm-3am.
26 Lorne Street, Auckland, New Zealand
This club is popular with backpackers, as it is situated below the Central City Backpackers, and offers cheaper drink prices than most other clubs in the area.
152B Ponsonby Road Ponsonby, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
The Garage bar is hugely popular with a wide selection of drinks at affordable prices. It also has a very interesting glass dance floor, which is a must to see for the keen dancers.
486 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand
The Temple is a small, relaxed and friendly bar. Every night several original NZ music acts are featured, ranging from laid back acoustic, through to hardcore punk rock. The Temple supports and promotes NZ music and NZ musicians, and every night from 5-8pm is happy hour where you can buy 2 double spirits or Speights beers for $5. There are pool tables for use, and Monday night is ‘open mike night’, if you are a particularly talented singer or musician, or just feeling bold.
Viaduct Harbour, 48 Market Place, Auckland, New Zealand
A fully licensed, café style bar only one street from the harbour. Liquid’s popularity during the America’s Cup has continued and is now a very trendy spot to be seen. Drinks are moderately priced and food is available during usual restaurant times.
Corner Wyndham & Hobson Streets, Auckland, New Zealand
An authentic Irish pub located in between the central city and the harbour. Live Irish music, and traditional Irish meals are the specialities of this establishment.
321 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's only full-time comedy club boasts a loyal following and presents the perfect option when looking for something alternative. Monday night is 'raw' night when new faces get up on to the open mic. Wednesday night is '10 comedians for $10', while from Thursday to Saturday professional comics grace the stage.
Open Mon-Sat from 7pm-late; admission varies.