Our Best Bars and Pubs in Auckland City Central
Sweat Shop Brewery Auckland City Bar Pub

Looking for some of the best bars and pubs in Auckland City? We’ve prepared a list that suits any occasion—from live music to bottomless brunches and pumping nightlife.

Craft Beer & Live Music at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen

Nothing beats a fresh craft beer on a hot day, or any day for that matter—unless it’s accompanied by live music. Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen is one of Auckland’s largest establishments located on Sale Street, Freeman’s Bay—nestled just to the edge of Auckland’s CBD with beautiful views of the Sky Tower from the rooftop deck.

Sweat Shop has its own on-site brewery where the magic happens. From hop-heavy IPAs to ice-cold lagers, Sweat Shop has a craft beer for everyone. It’s delivered straight to the taps, and rotates often to keep things fresh. Pair your favourite brew with delicious meats from our street eats menu, including pub food and homemade smokehouse that always go down a treat.

Friday and Saturday evenings step things up a notch—live music takes the stage including popular local acts like The Beat Council every Friday night, and the dance floor starts to heat up as the night progresses. If you’re looking for good craft beer and live music, Sweat Shop is your go-to.

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Bottomless Brunch, Beer, and Bubbles at The Lula Inn

Round up your mates for a day of bottomless joy. The Lula Inn, located at the edge of Auckland’s viaduct is the perfect spot to fill up on a bottomless brunch every weekend, or bottomless beer, bubbles and dumplings every Thursday night. Oh, and did we mention all come topped up with some of the best live music in Auckland City.

Soak in the waterfront views on the outdoor deck, perched on the water itself while you enjoy bottomless company. Stay for the evening where live bands and live DJs brighten the space, including The Lula Inn's live jukebox band for the personalised touch. The Lula Inn also has a killer gin and cocktail menu with over 40 gins from New Zealand and beyond, perfect for hitting the spot in one of Auckland’s best waterfront bars with on-water deck.

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Late Night Bites at Degree

Sometimes all you want is a quick bite, so why not have it with one of Auckland’s best views? Degree has been hosting locals and tourists for over 15 years, who keep coming back for the waterfront bar location at Auckland’s viaduct—especially good for Happy Hour or an unforgettable night out.

Degree also became known for their carefully crafted food menu, which boasts a popular express lunch option for those who need to eat on the go. In fact, Degree’s food is so good that locals often have it delivered—taking advantage of Uber Eats. Come on the right day, and you may even be spoiled to all you can eat wings. Need we say more?

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There you have it, three very good reasons to make Auckland City CBD your next spot for craft beer, live music, and some of the best bars. Fancy something further afield? Well, we've got you covered right across Auckland.

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