Whoever thought to mix coffee with alcohol is an absolute genius in our books. We’re now blessed with the heavenly creation we call an espresso martini. This sweet drink goes down a treat–Making for a perfect cocktail selection, liquid dessert or a cheeky evening pick-me-up.
To help you decide on your next evening destination, here are our favourite places in Auckland to grab yourself a killer espresso martini. Get ready to enjoy your caffeine fix with a seriously good twist.
The Glass Goose Bar & Eatery
Treat yourself to a delicious espresso martini at the ultra-trendy Glass Goose Bar & Eatery. Modelled off a garden glasshouse and located next to the Sky Tower, this rooftop bar is something special. With endless Instagram opportunities and an epic drinks menu, your night is no doubt going to be a goodie.
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Simplicity at its finest. With crisp white table cloths and the warmth of a fireplace, SPQR is an ideal cosy winter destination. When the weather starts to warm up, the restaurant also doubles as a summer day hot-spot with its lovely portico seating outside. If the stunning ambience isn’t enough to steal your heart, the drinks menu will seal the deal. I’ll take two espresso martinis, please.
Hotel DeBrett’s Housebar is also a superb spot to get your cosy on. With mid-century furnishings, low lighting, plush seats, and a decadent drinks menu, it’s a good time waiting to happen. From a laidback gathering with friends to an intimate date, their espresso martinis are an ideal way to start or end an evening.
Hi-SO Rooftop Bar
Get your phones ready because Hi-SO rooftop bar not only offers martinis at your preference but provides breath-taking views of Rangitoto Island and Waitemata Harbour. Its modern sophisticated vibe is the perfect excuse to dress a little fancy and celebrate the weekend. Instagram followers, get ready for Hi-SO spam.
If you’re undecided between fancy or casual, My Bar is the perfect option. With the sophistication of a high-end cocktail bar mixed with its quirky chilled ambience, you can enjoy a care-free drink with friends, workmates, or your special someone. On par with the impressive interior, My Bar’s espresso martini is always a winner. Made with house-infused Vanilla vodka, Quick Brown Fox, butterscotch and harpoon cold brew coffee, it’ll certainly hit the spot.
Spice up any evening with a trip to Win-Win Bar. Here you’ll find a social crowd, bright neon lights, and New Zealand’s first Nitro Espresso Martini. Slightly different to the traditional mixture, this impressive drink is made with charged espresso, harpoon cold-brew coffee, vodka and Quick Brown Fox coffee liqueur. The bar also regularly hosts Open Mic Nights – perfect if you’re ready to unleash your inner Adele or have a good boogie.
The Lula Inn
Who says drinking is limited to the evening? For those who enjoy their brunch with a side of mimosa (or three), the Lula Inn is the place for you. Their 2-hour bottomless brunch package is the ultimate recipe for a good time. You can then take it to the next level by adding an extra speciality drink such as their signature espresso martini.
Nestled in Auckland’s historic Imperial building lies the stunning European restaurant, Everybody’s. Whether you fancy a relaxed drink in the fresh air or want to snuggle up on a comfy booth inside, this place has it all. As you look around at the twinkling lights and lush greenery with a classic espresso martini in hand, you’re bound to feel like you’re somewhere truly magical.
Try out something a bit different with Revelry’s Coffee Puck Martini. As part of their sustainable cocktail menu with 42 Below, their take on this classic drink mixes espresso, spiced coffee puck liqueur, coffee ground oil and 42Below Vodka. The bar is also all about keeping things social, which means it’s the perfect spot if you want to mingle.
Last but by no means least, let us introduce you to the Vodka Room. Dedicated to eating, sipping, and the occasional karaoke, you’d be silly not to add this spot to your list. Inspired by the wonderful tastes of Russia, you can trust that they know their stuff, particularly when it comes to vodka. Which means you shouldn’t be too surprised if your espresso martini comes with a big kick.