Feeling up for a night out with a change of scenery? There's never been a better time for a new must-try bar to open up in the heart of the city, just as we're allowed out to party again.
Introducing Ghost Donkey, the USA-originating bar that's come to shake up Auckland's nightlife. Award-winning at their New York City location (Imbibe's Cocktail Bar Of The Year 2020) and climbing to great heights of success at their accompanying Las Vegas location, it's a privilege to have their first international venue picked to be in little old Auckland. American hospitality group & interior designers AvroKO are the masterminds behind the new opening, as well as Ghost Donkey's sister-bars in Commercial Bay, The Poni Room and Liquorette.
Ghost Donkey is a Mexican-inspired Tequila and Mescal bar, drawing inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes and flavours and curating them into finger-food items for an easily-digestible bar food experience.
The menu begins with 'Nibbles' including queso fundido with spicy chorizo, tacos, and market fish ceviche, before hitting the main show of their 'Nachos Especiales' consisting of a variety of gourmet nachos, combining traditional Mexican features and contemporary ingredients such as tripe and wild mushrooms.
A few hits off the menu is enough to keep the table satisfied as you continue on the drinks.
To quench your thirst, Ghost Donkey - being a Mexican-inspired bar - naturally have an extensive list of mezcal and tequilas. In fact, they have the largest offering in Auckland, with different price points and potencies for every kind of drinker.
Enjoyed in a margarita, house cocktail, copita glass, or as a shot accompanied with seasonal fruit and salt, Ghost Donkey's multi-page drinks menu will give you a whole new appreciation for the Mexican liquors – despite whether or not you entered as a tequila-lover.
If it all gets a bit too much, the lovely team at Ghost Donkey will be more than happy to help you navigate the drinks list!
The last thing to mention has to be Ghost Donkey's fit-out. Hosted by interior designers, it's got to be great, right?
The answer is YES! Ghost Donkey has raised the bar on decor in Auckland City, with their surprisingly-chic neon lighting, it's like stepping into an alternate universe where the only things that matter are good vibes and great food. The vibrant red-light sets the tone for a spirited night out – there'll be no turning in early when you're at Ghost Donkey.
The booths and bar invite socialising and mingling, while leaving opportunity for an intimate dine with smaller tables tucked into quieter sections. Head to the fairy-lit bar and feel multi-dimensional against their mirrored-wall, lined with mescal and tequila. Ordering your drink is an experience all on its own.
The tantalising new bar sits in Commercial Bay's Harbour Eats, with a view of downtown Auckland and the waterfront, it's not to be missed. Offering a zestful little corner of Harbour Eats, Ghost Donkey is just the newbie we needed to refresh the city.