The top five whiskey bars
Winter is a time that calls for soulwarming spirits
There’s a big selection of whiskey bars to choose from in Auckland, from the old and established to the new and funky. Whether it’s an upmarket lounge bar you’re looking for or a dimly lit hole-in-thewall, Auckland has something for all whiskey lovers. The Whiskey This Ponsonby drinking den blends rock tunes with sophisticated decor and an exclusive ambience. The whiskey and cocktail selection is extensive, and the staff are charming and always up for a yarn. What’s more, it’s open into the wee hours, seven days a week. Chop Chop Noodle House It’s easy to overlook Chop Chop’s whiskey selection, thanks to its mouth-watering Asian cuisine. But the pork buns are even more enjoyable when washed down with exotic spirits. The atmosphere is bustling, perfect for those who enjoy fast service. Fukuko This relaxed little bar has the biggest collection of Japanese whiskey in Auckland - from oldstyle drops to more modern and alternative labels. Don’t be fooled by the size of the place when you find it in the Britomart precinct - this cosy den is hard to beat for a whiskey-soaked night. The Corner Store This city fringe bar has an extensive selection of malt whiskey, and it’s just up the road from the Powerstation for pre-drinking concert goers, and there’s a spacious courtyard with cosy fires and plenty of seating. The Lumsden Freehouse Up to forty varieties of American bourbon whiskeys line the shelves of Newmarket’s Lumsden Freehouse. It also has a selection of over 15 taps of rotating local beers.