Our Best Bars and Pubs in North Shore, Albany and Takapuna
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Looking for some of the best bars and pubs in Auckland’s North Shore? Enjoy endless sunshine, entertainment, seafood and family-friendly joy from Takapuna to Albany.

Fresh Seafood by the Seashore at Regatta and Franc’s

Perch yourself by the sea for a plate for fresh fish and seafood. Both Regatta and Franc’s are located in Takapuna, North Shore by the main beach with beautiful views of the ocean while still being handy to nearby shops and even a kid’s playground.

Make an evening of it by pecking at some casual cheap eats in the beer garden at Franc’s, then pop over to Regatta for a glass of premium beer or the perfect late night cocktail. With both establishments sporting a stunning seafood-filled menu, you will always have a taste of summer at any time of year.

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Outdoor Courtyards at The Postman's Leg and The Elephant Wrestler

When Auckland’s sun is shining, locals flock to their favourite bars and pubs for a fresh beer and a bite—but what are the best outdoor beer gardens and courtyards in North Auckland? You can’t go past the huge outdoor courtyard in Glenfield at The Postman’s Leg. The wide open space is set up perfectly with lots of greenery and large tables for friends, family and kids. Enjoy some of the best tucker in Glenfield with hearty burgers and beers, a perfect pub meal that goes down a treat alongside some live sport. The Postman’s Leg has a unique character that’s hard to miss, with plenty to do inside as well, including pool tables and a gambling room.

In the heart of Takapuna is another outdoor courtyard and beer garden that’s one of the best in the North Shore. The Elephant’s Wrestler has an intimate outdoor space with a sunny summer vibe, especially on a hot day—something the locals love for a good lunch spot. Their menu packs fresh craft beer and delicious pub food that is paired nicely to live music and live sport.

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Family Favourites at Westfield Albany

Get the family together for a fun, friendly atmosphere at Westfield Albany’s Mama Loco or The Merchant Bar & Kitchen.

Mama Loco is a colourful Mexican and margarita bar that’s perfect for sharing food and cocktails, especially afterwork when you don’t feel like cooking! There’s plenty of kids options on the menu alongside exotic Mexican drops that might make an appearance for a night out when the kids are in bed.

The Merchant Bar and Kitchen is a little closer to home, with kiwi favourites including live music, live sport, and quiz nights that are still children friendly. The outdoor beer garden is a family favourite, making for the perfect lunch spot that includes a range of tasty options for kids.

So, just when you thought North Auckland was lacking for choice; you now have some of the best bars and pubs in Auckland just around the corner.

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Fancy something further afield? Well, we've got you covered right across Auckland.

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