Drinks

Where To Sip On Aperol Spritz

By Grace Noles
Aperol Spritz

For being one of the most iconic and delicious cocktails in history, it’s surprisingly hard to get your hands on a bubbly orange Aperol Spritz around here. It’s hard to argue, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun, spritz in hand, sipping away into the late afternoon. So, we’ve taken the liberty of finding the top 5 spots in Auckland to get your hands on the classic cocktail that is–The Aperol Spritz.

SPQR

150 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
A traditional Italian Aperol from SPQR

With a dedicated “Spritz” section on the bar menu, it’s safe to say SPQR know their stuff when it comes to the magic elixir. Between delicious concoctions of gin, Cynar, and Campari, you’ll find the classic 3-ingredient spritz–Aperol, Prosecco, and a dash of soda. Enjoy sipping under the famous white portico while people-watching the always-bustling Ponsonby Road.

Cable Bay Vineyards

12 Nick Johnstone Drive, Waiheke
Pair an Aperol Spritz with Cable Bay's stunning view

A million-dollar tasting cocktail consumed with a million-dollar view. The Verandah at Cable Bay Vineyard is the perfect place to end a trek around Waiheke, with a spritz and platter on stand-by. Aperol and soda water finished with Quartz Reef really does the trick in such a beautiful setting.

Odettes Eatery

90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD
Classic Aperol Spritz from Odettes

Take a step out of reality and into Odettes Eatery where you’ll instantly feel a calmness wash over you. From the relaxed atmosphere to the simplicity of the menu and design, your mind will feel at ease. And, it’ll feel even greater with one of Odettes' signature Aperol’s in hand.

Augustus Bistro

1-3 St Marys Road, St Marys Bay
Augustus Bistro's sunny courtyard

Beautiful inside and out, it’s not uncommon for Augustus to be at the top of every Aucklander’s dining bucket list. The great white pillars are an iconic monument in Grey Lynn, with bouquets of colourful flowers lining the door. Pick a seat inside the dining hall or a comfier booth in the courtyard to indulge in a Spritz or two.

Annabel's

277 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Signature Spritz from Annabel's Wine Bar

If it’s a full-bodied spritz in a swanky old-fashioned bar you’re after, Annabel’s Wine Bar is the place to be. A hidden gem in between the Ponsonby nightclubs, Annabel’s is the intimate bar you’ve been looking for. Annabel’s Aperol Spritz is made the usual way, with a special garnish of orange and giganti olives, served over ice.

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