Cocktail

The Sweetest Sangria Stops

By Shae Parsons
Sangria bowl in the sun

Whether it’s a sunny afternoon or time to wind down, there’s never a time that isn’t right for some sensational Spanish cocktails! The most sensational of said cocktails of course being sangria. Bring your best sunglasses and a ready-to-go attitude, because Dish Cult has rounded up the best places to sip sangria around town. From luxury to the local, there is something to match any mood. 

La Zeppa

33 Drake Street, Auckland CBD

Situated on the breezy rooftop overlooking Victoria Park, La Zeppa is a great place to spend a leisurely weekend or post-work evening. La Zeppa has two sangria options – a white wine-based option blended with cognac, peach schnapps, fruit, and ginger ale and for those feeling a bit naughty, the rosé sangria with vodka, strawberry and mint. Or, as the El Paso girl says – why not both? 

Book a table at La Zeppa here!

Ostro

52 Tyler Street, Britomart

If decadence is what you crave, and a sangria is what you’re drinking – Ostro is your spot. Don’t lose your dignity by pairing your afternoon sangria with base-level bar snacks, instead, pair it with a view of the harbour and some of Josh Emmett’s finest seasonal cuisine. Nothing gets more opulent than a sangria and being snapped at one of Auckland’s most coveted eateries. 

Mexico

Various Locations
Rosé Sangria from Mexico

Not just known for their fried chicken, the Mexico chain serves plenty of unmissable alcoholic drinks – margaritas, cocktails, and most importantly, sangria! You can choose from a variety of options with bases stemming from the four main wine categories – white, red, rose and sparkling. The best part – even your designated driver can join in with the virgin option. With so many locations around Auckland, there’s the added bonus of convenience as well!

Tasca

Various Locations

Situated on Dominion Road, Newmarket and Orewa – Tasca pays homage to the back street eateries of Spain. What better way to bring a taste of Spain to Auckland diners than a sangria packed with wine, brandy and fruit punch? Take a trip to Madrid or Barcelona without having to pay for the ticket! The romantic atmosphere and food accompany the sangria well – perfect for a cold winter date.

Mama Loco

219 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany
Sangria jugs from Mama Loco

For those on the shore or willing to cross the bridge, Mama Loco is a great little spot at Albany Westfield. Bringing a slice of Latin America to Auckland, the atmosphere is bustling, and the music is energetic. Park up before watching a film with their movie deals or settle in for a glass (or jug) of in-store sangria. The best part? On weekends, the jugs are discounted! There’s no better way to ring in the weekend than some tapas paired with some suburban sangria. 

Book a table at Mama Loco here!

Mezze Bar

9 Durham Street East, Auckland CBD

Tucked away from the bustle of the inner city, Mezze Bar is fine dining without the pretentious attitude. Serving sangria by the litre (or half-litre if you’re feeling cautious), Mezze uses fine Spanish wine for authenticity. This spot brings the very best of the Mediterranean to the busy streets of the central city – this is a great spot for an after-work wind down.

Madriz Tapas

Corner of Fort Lane, Auckland CBD

Spain is known for great food, sangria, and romance – Madriz brings all of that to a little spot tucked into Fort Lane. Enjoy some fun and refreshing sangria to pair with their slow-cooked meats and wide selection of tapas. For maximum effect, dine there during the night – where you’ll catch a glimpse of the neon lights adorning Fort Lane and take in the new dining precinct in all its beauty. 

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