5 watering holes on Karangahape Road
Have you arrived in Auckland and you’re looking for somewhere to dip your toes? K Rd offers an eclectic mix of – well – everything – here are our top five watering holes to go for a splishy splashy!
1. Love Bucket
Walk through the food workshop – or stop and grab a snack (moustache cookies and popcorn!) – before entering a dimly lit room with an 1800s-tavern-ambience. Craft beers, craft cider, and now craft cocktails? The love bucket has three-ingredient highballer cocktails – and contrary to the glass – they’re relatively cheap. Creative? There are also cocktails on tap – and they’re served by the jug!
Try the LBG&T Pondicherry – featuring carafe dry gin + orange + grapefruit + kaffir lime + cardamon + peppercorn + tonic. Tantalising!
2. Coco’s Cantina
Gorgeously Italian inspired – from the furnishings to the food – Coco’s Cantina serves homestyle Italian – seasonal, rustic and created from locally sourced, organic produce. The drinks menu features an ever-changing house bubbles (get in early for happy hour) – and a hand-picked wine menu that resonates with high-quality-New Zealand-wine. Buon appetito!
3. Peach Pit
A no frills experience – from the food to the furnishings – Peach Pit is delightfully hipster – with adventurous and delicious food created from cheaper cuts of meat. The menu constantly changes – offering creative and quirky dishes that are full of flavour – recommend their sticky chicken wings!
The name is Beverly Hills, 90210-inspired, but also due to its positioning – halfway between adult store Peaches & Cream and Pitt St – both landmarks of Karangahape Road. Peachy? I’ll let you decide!
4. Madame George
Dimly lit cocktail bar with a sit-down booth that is intimate and cosy. The owner is Peruvian and the Peruvian national drink, a pisco sour, has been Madame George’s signature drink from day one – pisco, lemon & egg white.
Cocktails are unique and refreshing with a citrus splash – and if that doesn’t quench your thirst – come and experience the unique sharing platters that use distinctly local produce, such as the line caught fish wrapped in collard greens.
5. Wine cellar
Underground bar – beneath St Kevin’s Arcade – that hosts underground gigs. Red lighting with a cool cellar and pub-style ambience, nibbly-finger-foods, and a range of New Zealand beers and cider on tap. The best bit? You can order in Sal’s pizza!