201 Quay Street,
Located on Auckland's Princes Wharf, Lenin is identified as New Zealand's permium vodka bar. The illustrious interior sets the scene for a perfect midweek lounge bar or for those weekend nights where you feel like cutting it loose on the dance floor - Lenin is the place to be. Famous for unique vodka infusions.
Daily: 16.00 till late
Daily: Till close
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Bar Menu, Take Away Service
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
This bar is an absolute joke, and typifies what's wrong with the nightlife scene in New Zealand. It is ridiculously over-priced, for drinks and entry, and has an extremely dull vibe which would send it into redundancy in any other country in the world.
My friends and I, who are all from the UK, were celebrating my friend's 21st birthday and decided to go to Lenin for a first stop in Auckland. How naive we were! One of the guys who came out was feeling under the weather that night and didn't have any alcohol to drink that night, and was sipping Lemsip for the entirety of pre-drinks. He was stood on the dance floor one minute, and the next minute he was being shepherded out by a bouncer named Daniel (you know who you are!) for being too drunk. My poor friend couldn't have been more sober and been less up for the night, but he came out nonetheless to be a good friend. He was then punished for this good deed by being chucked out of the club by the neanderthals (bouncers) that patrol the dance floor and who don't do any favours for the terrible ratio of boys to girls. Trying to get our friend back into the club could have been used for a new Mission Impossible film. Completely senseless and illiterate bouncers at the door who couldn't string a proper sentence, my friends and I gave up and ventured elsewhere.
This place is an absolute NO GO, unless you're into excessively priced drinks, bouncers that have a vendetta against anyone on the dancefloor and an utterly dreadful night club atmosphere.
Small and crowded venue. Full of 95% men and 5% women. Staff with extremely rude, dismissive, and arrogant female bar staff (blonde bar girl working as of 11-1-14 in particular). If you get past the bouncers and then plan on ordering a beverage…..expect eye rolling, sneers, and generally pathetically unprofessional attitude by the bar staff. If you plan to comment on such behavior then expect abuse and refusal of service. Consumers advised to avoid. Employers and owners advised to reconsider sloppy appointment of unprofessional staff. See other posts, nice to see such positive glowing reviews of this hole.
Impossible to get in if you're a male, and extremely rude staff.
Seriously need to look at the attitude of your STAFF and bouncers, not fun going there any more, there is way better places with way better and friendlier staff! Don't even know why I bother posting here, as I don't think anybody pays attention to it!
Went to Lenin on Saturday night. Started off well - no line for once and was packed so expected to have a good night! Unfortunately my night was ruined by one completely inebriated patron who walked up and groped me on his way out right in front of the manager/general manager. After this, he decided to come back and started harassing me. The manager/general manager who was a couple of meters away stood there and watched, and did not do anything about this, even though I was obviously begging the guy to just leave me alone and leave the bar. If it was not for a awesome patron who ended up grabbing the guy and walking him out of the bar, I'm not sure how the situation would have ended up. I was EXTREMELY unimpressed at the way this situation was dealt with and feel very let down that somebody who is supposed to protect his customers/keep them under control failed to do so. It saddens me that I now do not feel safe enough to go back to a bar that I once enjoyed so much, but if the management will not protect its customers, then who will?
Ridiculous waiting time to get in to club due to the remedial nature of the bouncers who are incredibly rude. Came up to Auckland for the weekend for a leaving party and this Lenin experience ruined the night for me.
Lenin is a great club if u can get past the arrogant bouncers...
Not sure who reads these, but here's to hoping. I was recently visiting in new Zealand from USA, myself and a couple girl friends decided to go into lenin. We had a wonderful time and the staff was great.... That being said, I had a special liking to one of the bar tenders. He was such a sweet heart, we were suppose to grab a drink after they closed up, but I fell asleep back at the hotel. Could have kicked myself when i woke up 3 hrs later. Anyways my hope is that he reads this and at the very least finds me on facebook.... Mia Natalia Trott...... fingers crossed he reads this and we can keep in touch. I haven't mentioned his name, but I think he will know who he is. At the very least I have a picture with him to remind me of a great last night in New Zealand.
Very cool layout, very cool design, and very cool drinks. The bar is about average in price for the Viaduct area and there's lots of cool little booths to sit at. The outdoor area is pumping on a Saturday night and it's cool to be out there watching people come and go.
Its pretty crowded inside but everytime ive gone to lenin it has not disappointed, its a cool bar with a wide range of demographics. Caters for everybody I guess! but i would certainly go back. Cool bar people.
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