Guide to Britomart Bars

Guide to Britomart Bars

For the hungry, the thirsty or the restless, Britomart is alive with eating and drinking options at any hour of the day. From the first early-morning caffeine hit to late-night revelry in the lanes, terraces and other intimate corners, Britomart establishments cater to your every appetite.

Agents & Merchants
With a rich, beautifully designed interior, Agents and Merchants pays homage to the late nineteenth-century trading that defined the historic Britomart precinct. In true international style, Agents & Merchants is open around the clock, starting with coffee from 7am on weekdays. It offers a fresh seasonal lunch menu during the week and an innovative selection of tapas from early evening until very late six nights a week.

1885 Britomart
Taking its name from the foundation year of historic Stanbeth House, 1885 Britomart is a sophisticated multi-level bar accessed off a private laneway behind Customs Street East. Superbly designed, the interior is a clever blend of restored heritage features with rich contemporary styling. A high-ceilinged main bar with massive wooden beams and white stone bar gives way to the Martini Bar, a mezzanine lounge area full of deep velvet couches.

The Britomart Country Club
This generously appointed garden bar is the ideal place to ease back, tall, cool drink in hand, and while away many a pleasurable hour. It’s the largest courtyard bar in New Zealand, a stylish landscaped and canopied space amply furnished with cushioned banquettes and antique furniture. Britomart Country Club is the place to be!

Tyler Street Garage
Tyler St Garage wears its humble heritage proudly: the industrial fabric of the building is still clearly visible in its rough brick walls, exposed utilities and original parking signage. The modern fitout also gives more than a passing nod to the building’s workaday beginnings, with its solid industrial staircase, vast steel feature wall and cast aluminium bar.

Smith Wine & Cocktail Bar
Step into Smith and you step into another place and time: glittering chandeliers and Oriental rugs, rococo wallpaper and plush upholstery, game stuffed and mounted in the manner of any self-respecting gentlemen’s club. Smith harks back to days gone by, ‘when explorers ventured into unknown lands, the food was good and simple, the drinks strong and the service impeccable’.

Hidden down Roukai Lane, Racket’s rustic candlelit interior and eclectic array of antique furniture give this late-night rum and cocktail bar plenty of atmospheric charm. Racket is the cheeky little brother of grown-up tapas and wine bar Agents & Merchants next door, and opens out onto the same secluded laneway.

Northern Steamship Co.
This big, beautiful, comfortable bar is exactly the kind of establishment you want just around the corner from your place. An airy, high-ceilinged space with plenty of cosy seating, it’s stocked to the gunnels with good things to eat, drink and look at. A hundred and thirty years ago it was the HQ of the Northern Steamship Company of New Zealand. Today, beautifully restored, it’s one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings.

Brew on Quay
Located in the landmark Wharf Police Building on Quay Street, Brew on Quay specialises in the very best beers from New Zealand and around the world. The bar’s interior lovingly preserves many of the building’s historic elements, including the richly wood-panelled police front offices, reception counter and strong room. Elsewhere the space has been cleverly modernised with numerous witty design features.

Click here to see our complete guide to the Britomart Precinct.

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