Long hard day? We know just the remedy!
Nothing beats the "Should we just eat out?" conversation that takes place after an exhausting day at work. No need to think about what to cook or a painfully time-consuming grocery shop. So, it's decided – we're eating out!
The inevitable next thought is where? That's where Dish Cult comes in. We've taken the work out of deciding the location, and rounded up the tried and tested best of inner-city Auckland spots to unwind, relax, and wash away the day. Get out of the cold and into a drink!
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
A staple in the city-centre, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen is synonymous with good times and letting loose. As part of the Joylab group, Sweat Shop has the highest-quality drinks and dishes, at generous prices with daily specials (check out their Dollar Dog Wednesdays). The beer is brewed on-site and the cocktails are flowing, paired with share dishes of their smoked meats and American sides, it's an invitation to really indulge after a hard day. All enjoyed in Sweat Shop's buzzing atmosphere, stretching from their indoor brewery and pool tables to the outdoor sundeck and cocktail bar.
With an unbeatable location front and centre on Quay Street, The Chamberlain is easily accessible for all walks of life – whether you're working smack-bang in the CBD or training in from a neighbouring suburb. The lively bar-come-eatery is packed with workers looking to blow some steam after the working week. Their 14 rotating beers on tap and share-jugs of sangria and punch leave plenty of options to accompany their a la carte menu of delicious share plates or filling quick & easy main meals.
Situated in the heart of Ellerslie, a mere 3-minute walk from the train station, Union Post is perfect for any kind of after-work catch-up. Whether you're looking for a quiet dinner and drinks or looking to go big with the bar tab, there's room for every kind of guest. The indoor-outdoor space allows for socialising, while the indoor courtyard is great for an intimate affair by the fireplace. Dine on share plates of taco boards, pizzas, and cheese platters while sipping on their expansive wine list, tap beers, mixers, and ciders.
Tucked neatly away above Victoria Park Markets, La Zeppa is a hidden paradise with an impressive view of the city. Venture onto the sundeck with their sun-lounges and cocktail tables if you're feeling brave in the crisp air, or stay inside and secure a private booth for an ambient night. Dining on contemporary Mediterranean street-style food such as their baked polenta, cured meats platter, and arancini, while enjoying a cocktail or two with a view.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy CBD and take a quick trip east to St Helier's Bay, where you'll find the lively Moretons – sitting right opposite the beach. Feel whisked away to an island paradise with the sea, sand, and great vibes at the eatery, perfected with the expansive view of Rangitoto. Stay inside for a mix and mingle or snag an iconic white table outside for a private soiree. Order up a range of plates from flame-grilled cauliflower and dumplings to whipped goat's cheese and crab empanadas, complete with your favourite drink from Moreton's divine selection.
Looking for a great cocktail? The Conservatory is the place! The cocktail bar and restaurant sits waterside on Auckland's North Wharf, right in the midst of the city's nightlife hot spot. The friendly team at The Conservatory want to make your night one of the greatest, inviting you to live your best life. On the menu you'll find their famed 18-inch sharing pizzas, burgers, small plates, and classic desserts, as well as their phenomenally curated drinks list – from their grand cocktails and gourmet sodas to guest beer taps and Champagne flutes.
The Goodside is full of wonderfully delightful eateries and restaurants, and one, in particular, we have a love for is The Grange. Decked out with earthy interior, warm-low-hanging lights, and pastel blue seating, it's an aesthetic dream – as well as a grand dining experience. Hop in early for a casual drink and an array of a la carte dishes drawing inspiration from across Europe. Don't skip the cocktail menu, The Grange is known for their classics such as an Aperol Spritz or Negroni.