Ultimate Guide

Friday Night Drink Spots

By Shae Parsons
Friday Night Drink Spots

The time has come–The week has reached an end and it’s time to start the festivities. Dish Cult has your Friday night sorted with these party staples. Leave your weekly woes behind and enjoy some of the best night-life Auckland has to offer!

For Starting The Night Out

For the beginning of the night, these are some of the top picks for those wanting a wind-down drink after a long week of working.

Dr Rudi's

Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD
Dr Rudi's

As the undisputed pioneer of experiential dining in Auckland, Dr Rudi’s is a certified crowd-pleaser. With a variety of spirits, award-winning beer options, and plenty of wine, there is something for every type of drinker. Soak up some Viaduct sunset as you soak up some much-deserved brews. Dr Rudi’s fantastic drinks are only complemented by their bowling alleys–Perfect for a Friday night date.


115 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD

A top pick for young professionals and professional drinkers–Headquarters offers both a restaurant and a bar for those who want a hearty meal or to enjoy a delicious beverage overlooking the Viaduct. With live music and some of Auckland’s finest local DJs providing the tunes–This really is a great place to start off the night. Headquarters offers a little bit of everything for everyone, it’ll hard to be disappointed.


40 Customs Street, Britomart

Enclosed in the depths of Britomart, Caretaker is a secret spot not meant for the fainthearted. The treat here is that you do not choose a drink–The talented bar team will curate a specially made cocktail to suit your preferences. Beware, the drinks are deliciously dangerous. Even only a taste of Caretaker’s famous cocktails are enough to start the night.

The Lula Inn

149 Quay Street, Auckland CBD
The Lula Inn

The Lula Inn is one of the Viaduct’s best spots–With cosy décor, a fantastic food and drinks menu, and events that singlehandedly made day-drinking slightly more sophisticated, there is just so much to enjoy with this venue. An unexpected good time, The Lula Inn is special in the fact you can start and end your night here.


120 Quay Street, Auckland CBD

If any establishment knows a good cocktail, it’s Talulah’s. Delightfully themed, Talulah’s is the bridge between being ironic yet delivering in every sense. Settle down into their oh-so-comfortable sofas and try their gorgeously crafted tiki-style drinks for that perfect Friday night wind-down. Best suited for smaller groups, this one is a great choice for a date or a catch up with a colleague.

Holey Moley

204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD
Holey Moley

What goes together better than golf and drinking? Holey Moley is one of the top spots to be if you’re in the mood for some beverages and something to do. Perfect for a date or a boozy night with your friends, Holey Moley is a great venue for, well, anything and everything.

Archie Brothers

309 Broadway, Newmarket

The newest addition to the experiential drinking and dining trend, Archie Brothers is perfect for those who enjoy the adult privilege of drinking but the childish privilege of playing arcade games. Perfect for those who want to catch up but are heading for an early night, Archie Brothers is a must-do for any Aucklander.

For The Late Night Haunts

It’s getting late but that isn’t stopping you–If anything, you want to keep going! For those who want to stay up, here are some of Auckland’s best picks–From classy bars to award-winning sound systems; There is something out there for even the fussiest clubber.


7 Fort Lane, Auckland CBD

Roxy is opulent, indulgent, and a little bit sassy. Located on Fort Lane, Roxy is one of Auckland’s staple destinations on a night out. Close to other popular spots in the Britomart area, if you like variety, you’ll like Roxy. With a blend of hip-hop and electronic music, there is something to satisfy everybody’s music taste. You can enjoy those early 2000’s singalongs with zero judgement–A huge plus! In terms of drinks, there is no shortage of cocktails, liquors, and champagne to satisfy your cravings.


7 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD

Winning George FM’s ‘Venue of the Year’ award three times in a row is no mean feat–Yet, Impala snags the accolade every time. This venue’s wealth of A-list producers and DJs who have graced the Shortland Street basement speaks for itself (think Skrillex, Alison Wonderland, and Getter amongst others). There is a gold standard for Auckland nightlife, and Impala is it. Not for the faint-hearted, this place blasts some heavy tunes on the weekends and hosts a variety of some of the best local DJs. You’ll usually find yourself waiting in what seems to be an endless line to get in, but it moves fast, and it is worth it. Their drinks menu doesn’t disappoint either–There is usually a special seasonal cocktail for you to devour!


22 Durham Street West, Auckland CBD

Future is the closest a local clubber will get to the industrial warehouses of Ibiza and Asia. With an impressive light and sound system, Future is built for the electronica aficionado–Hosting many international DJs. Take your night to the next level with Future’s unparalleled décor and drinks menu.

Ponsonby Social Club

152 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Ponsonby Social Club

For those who want something a little more sophisticated, Ponsonby Social Club is a great choice. Decked out with a glittering courtyard and an impressive alcohol collection, PSC offers a busy atmosphere without the teenage desperation that accompanies some of the other nightclub establishments in the area.

Grand Central

126 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

A staple amongst Ponsonby regulars, Grand Central has an unpretentious aura that many other spots exude. With the latest liquor licence in the area, expect this to either be a long-haul night or your last stop before heading home. With a blend of live music and DJs, the music never fails to disappoint, and the establishment is home to many a hospo worker.

Family Bar

270 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD

As one of Auckland’s only LGBTQ-friendly spots, Family Bar is a K Road staple. With drag queens, karaoke, and some of the best tunes in town–You are guaranteed to have a great night when Family Bar is involved. The club is true to its namesake–You’ll feel like you’re with family.

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