Clarion Suites Ambassador
92 Ulster Street
Phone: (64) 7 839 5111
Fax: (64) 7 839 5104
Located in an impressive turn-of-the-century brick building, the Horse and Trap is an Auckland institution. With three levels of bars and restaurants, the wood/brick interior is exquisite--the wooden bar is especially ornate. There is a fireplace for chilly evenings and a garden patio for warm afternoons. With a good selection of local beers on tap, including Monteiths, and a fine selection of food, the Horse and Trap is a class act-it even has its own stop on the adjacent rail line! Who could ask for anything more than good traditional pub food washed down with hand-crafted beer?
The Powerstation is a licensed, live music and entertainment venue. It has an audience capacity of 1000 plus, and some big names in the music industry have performed here in the past. It is also a regular venue on the Oddfellows New Zealand International Comedy Festival itinerary and has even hosted a New Zealand heavyweight boxing title fight! The liquor licence here allows minors to enter. The Powerstation is only open for events—telephone or check their web site for details.
A classic wine bar located behind a 100-year old shopfront, the Corner Store Wine Bar is small but popular. With a good wine list and striking décor, the Corner Store is open until late, providing the complete experience. Style is the key word here--from the black and white tiled floor to the chrome bar stools to the beveled oval mirrors. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, and the selection is excellent. There is also an espresso machine on call.
Iguacu has prospered near the top of Parnell Rise for many years now. They must be getting something right. This is an inviting place; look for the gas flame welcoming you. Although large and busy, the restaurant retains a friendly atmosphere, due to the division into various indoor, outdoor and upstairs dining and bar areas. Live entertainment is a feature and the jazz session on Sunday afternoons is popular. An extensive menu of brasserie style food is available with everything from burgers to pasta or steak and vegetarian dishes.
One of the most popular clubs in Auckland!
If you want to get a feel of Auckland's booming local music scene, then you must hang out at King's Arms. This popular tavern encourages raw talent and organizes various rock and pop gigs. For those who prefer to sip on their beer in quieter surroundings, there is a spacious garden which features acoustic music. Please visit their website for a schedule of the upcoming performances.
This funky music lounge on Queen s Street specializes in Aotearoa Soul. Khuja means "melting pot" in Arabic. And the place kind of reflects that philosophy. The decor is stylish, with soft candlelight and comfy couches; drinks are mostly Brazilian and the music ranges from jazz and soul to hip-hop.
Calibre is perhaps Auckland's most select nightclub--but if you look good, you are guaranteed entry. Many famous, international faces have been spotted here and foreign DJs often spin grooves here on a Friday night. Some call the décor gloomy, but the music is hot and so is the well-dressed clientele. A trip down the stairs of St Kevin's Arcade is well worth it for a super-cool night out in Auckland. Drinks are a little more expensive here than in other bars and clubs. A cocktail shaker will cost you approximately NZD25 but it will be expertly prepared.
This small but popular bar is definitly the place to be to mingle amongst the locals. With a warm, intimate ans friendly ambience and a cool bar that keeps the drinks coming, this is a great place to start or end your evening. Frequent live bands play the stage, and there are a number of other special events featured on a regular basis.
Devoid of any 'outrageously showy' decor, the Ink Bar is focused on just one thing: being a vibrant party house. A favorite haunt for many local night revelers, the bar features energetic DJs who churn out an eclectic mix of house/ techno beats, much to the delight of those who want to dance the night away. The bar also schedules live music performances of local as well as touring bands on some occasions. If you are looking for a cozy secluded corner, then walk into the covered courtyard and relax with a beer or a cocktail; feeble thumps will still reach you from the bar. Open until dawn, the Ink Bar is a perfect place to celebrate your weekend. Call or visit their website to know more.
The Studio is a landmark on Auckland's upcoming local music scene. This multi-level nightclub has played host to various bands and performers over the years, including the popular international DJ, Paul van Dyk. From rock and pop, to hip-hop and dance performances, there is always something going on at The Studio.
Kamo is located along the late-evening and night-action strip of "K'Road". The decor is dark with colourful Pacific Island artefacts. The clientele gets younger as the night gets older, and the music grows louder. The clientele is mixed straight/gay later in the evenings, and more conservative for lunch and early-evening dinner. The menu is best described as Pacific Rim. An antipasto platter is NZD15; try the Coconut, creamy beef curry or Turkey broth and shittake mushroom soup with garlic parmesan bread. The bar is fully licensed and well stocked.