74 Taharoto Road,
09 915 0101
The ViewAuckland Review
3 out of 5 stars
Quarry Bar is one of many new brew bars popping up all over Auckland. Located in a business park precinct it is there mainly to cater for employees working in the Smales Farm Park over the Auckland Harbour Bridge in Takapuna on the North Shore.
But Quarry Bar is a little different to other similarly branded watering holes across the city. For one, it’s not stuffy. This is probably because although it is on the ground floor outside the Technology Office Park, it’s also not far from the motorway, has ample free parking after 5pm and is also right next door to the Smales Farm bus station.
Secondly, it has a real vibe to it. I went on a Friday night and the place was packed. There was a private function happening which had booked out the ‘gazebo’ at the front and the main bar and outside area was full of people, some had spilled outside to the deck area which may or may not have been part of Quarry Bar.
As far as first impressions go I was quietly impressed. I wouldn’t normally head over the bridge just for a drink, but so far it seemed like my effort would be rewarded. (Not that is was much of an effort, just take the Northcote Rd exit and you are basically there).
It wasn’t long after 6pm and although most of the punters looked like nearby office workers a few younger drinkers were starting to filter in.
At the bar you can order a range of tap beers, including Heineken, Tiger and Monteiths. There’s also a good selection of local and imported bottled beers, while the wine list showcases a good range of New Zealand and Australian labels. Spirits stack the shelves behind the bar and there’s cocktails on special for $8 each everyday between 5 and 7pm.
The ‘what’s on’ calendar changes each month and usually offers live music, happy hours, cheap meal and drink offers from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Inside the cricket was playing on two larger plasma screens, but the sound was down so it was really just background movement for those interested in the latest score. The bar stretches almost the full length of the room which is decorated mostly with wooden floors, tables and bench chairs.
It’s chic and modern, but a little bit sterile and lacking a little bit of warm character.
The kitchen was in full swing – probably for the private function, but there were also the odd individual snacks being delivered to tables. The menu is typically that of a bar with gourmet pizza’s, steaks, chips, burgers and platters on hand. There’s also a selection of desserts for the sweet tooth. Food is served until 9pm every night.
But the main idea at Quarry Bar is to drink and have fun. It is open Monday to Saturday from 11.30am to late (the bar has a 3am license, but takes each night as it comes). Sunday sessions are also planned to start soon.
My advice, stop putting it off and jump on a bus heading to Smales Farm Park and give it a go.
Quarry Bar & Restaurant has been reviewed by 12 users