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  • 1. Classic Comedy & Bar

    City Center

    Auckland's main venue for live comedy has established itself on the international circuit with many well-known acts coming here to perform along with the best of New Zealand's rising talent. In April the venue hosts the International Laugh Festival.

    321 Queen St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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  • 2. Lime


    You might as well leave your inhibitions at the door when you enter, because everybody else does. People pack this friendly and often noisy, narrow bar on the weekend.

    167 Ponsonby Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1011, New Zealand
  • 3. Kings Arms Tavern

    City Center
    Closed Permanently

    One of Auckland's longest-running music institutions, this is often a launch pad for bands that cross the indie and rock boundary. Very good local and established bands also play here, as do small international acts before they hit the big time. Gigs sell out fast at the small venue. This place may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially for those after a sophisticated nightclub atmosphere. If it all gets a bit too much or too noisy, head to the outdoor beer garden. It's in an out-of-the-way area so best to take a taxi.

    59 France St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • 4. Boogie Wonderland

    City Center | Live Music
    Closed Permanently

    Playing strictly disco and with a dance floor lighted in colored squares, Boogie Wonderland is stuck in the 1970s—Saturday Night Fever to be specific. You're encouraged to dress up, bust out your Travolta moves, and have a laugh. There's a NZ$10 cover charge and the queues outside can be long.

    Customs and Queen Sts., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • 5. Civic Tavern

    City Center
    Closed Permanently

    At the heart of the city center, the Civic Tavern houses three bars. The London Bar has a vast selection of beer and Scotch whiskey. The London Underground Bar has 8-ball pool tables and casino-style poker machines. For a glass of Irish stout, stay on the ground floor and visit Murphy's Irish Bar.

    1 Wellesley St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
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  • 6. Deschlers

    City Center
    Closed Permanently

    Deschlers, a 1950s-style cocktail lounge, has live jazz on Thursday and Saturday. Park yourself at the long bar or at a paua shell–top table in one of the booths.

    17 High St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • 7. Indians and Cowboys

    Closed Permanently

    There is always a lively time at the twin bars Indians and Cowboys in the Viaduct, where despite the name the crowd is older and upmarket and every so slightly wild. Door policy tries to filter out under-thirties.

    95–97 Customs St. W, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 8. Kamo

    City Center | Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    Kamo is also very gay- and lesbian-friendly and can be a good place to hang out and discover where the most happening scenes are.

    386 Karangahape Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • 9. Khuja Lounge

    City Center | Live Music
    Closed Permanently

    Take three flights of stairs or the rickety elevator to Khuja Lounge, where you'll find live soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, samba, bossa nova, or DJs. You can hit the dance floor or sink into a couch and watch the Moroccan-style lamps cast stars on the walls.

    Level 3, Westpac Bank Bldg., Queen St. and Karangahape Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • 10. Mea Culpa

    Closed Permanently

    Locals spill onto the street from early evening at Mea Culpa, a small, relaxed bar with equally appealing cocktails and wine selections.

    3/175 Ponsonby Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1011, New Zealand
  • 11. Tulip Bar

    Ponsonby | Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    Keeping with the flower theme of its previous incarnation, Orchid, Tulip Bar aims to create a space that is groovy without being in your face. It's a friendly, neighborhood bar where they play house music and the wine list changes every eight weeks. Worth a look at the start or end of an evening.

    152B Ponsonby Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1011, New Zealand
  • 12. Urge

    City Center
    Closed Permanently

    This men-only bar opens Wednesday through Saturday and has theme nights from time to time. It's extremely popular with men who like to dance to disco with their shirts off.

    490 Karangahape Rd., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • 13. Wine Chambers Restaurant

    City Center
    Closed Permanently

    The legal crowd frequents this bar/restaurant that focuses on great wine and food pairings. It is often very busy with the afterwork set. The menu is eclectic.

    33 Shortland St., Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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