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Fa­ther Ted’s

Feel­ing a tad thirsty side & it be­ing mid af­ter­noon I popped in to Fa­ther Ted’s on the cor­ner of Queen & Welles­ley Streets in down­town Auck­land for a pint. As I walked through the door Ir­ish ac­cents & laugh­ter warmed the room. There was def­i­nitely a hint of blarney about the place.

I or­dered a Guin­ness and asked the bar­maid what the chef’s food was like? “Ah da man’s food is to die for was her re­sponse.” I felt in­stantly at home.

Fa­ther Ted’s must have the long­est happy hour in Auck­land. It lasts from 4pm-7pm & runs Wed, Thurs­day & Fri­day. I stayed un­til 5pm & thor­oughly en­joyed my­self. If you like play­ing pool, quizzes, karaoke, live mu­sic & gen­uine Ir­ish hos­pi­tal­ity you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate Fa­ther Ted’s. If not, then maybe there’s a yoga class go­ing on some­where you’ll en­joy.

As far as tra­di­tional Ir­ish bars go, they don’t come more Ir­ish than Fa­ther Ted’s.

Spit­ting Feath­ers

I ar­rived at Spit­ting Feath­ers just af­ter 5pm on a Wed­nes­day. It’s a pre­dom­i­nantly English bar that’s not your typ­i­cal English bar. You won’t

find photo’s of the Queen or Union Jacks here. What you will find though is gen­uine hos­pi­tal­ity & a range of in­de­pen­dent beers with no af­fil­i­a­tion to any brew­ery.

It was just as well I ar­rived when I did. The bar was fill­ing up fast with an eclec­tic mix of thirsty suits, back­pack­ers & lo­cals. It was easy to see why. Wed­nes­day is steak night. For just $20 you get a hearty steak & chips with 2 pints, 3 bot­tles or 2 glasses of wine. That’s a great deal by any­body’s mea­sure.

I or­dered a medium rare sir­loin and it came per­fectly grilled with a gen­er­ous serv­ing of crispy hand cut chips. Just the way I like it. The menu is also stacked with a good range of snacks & whole­some bar meals. That said, what I en­joyed most about Spit­ting Feath­ers was the va­ri­ety of English beers on tap & its range of in­ter­na­tional bot­tled beer & cider.

Spit­ting Feath­ers is an Up­stairs bar con­ve­niently at 16 Wyn­d­ham Street just off Queen St in cen­tral Auck­land.

QF Tav­ern

I’d been do­ing my last minute sou­venir shop­ping in Queen Street

and my feet were feel­ing a lit­tle achy when I came upon the QF tav­ern. Angie the bar maid from Peru was warm & wel­com­ing. There was a gam­ing area out the back & a large screen in the main bar area. It looked like a crowd of peo­ple were gath­er­ing to watch a rugby test match on the big screen. I or­dered a Lion red sat down & en­joyed the rev­elry & ban­ter with the other sports fans.

The QF is a tra­di­tional kiwi bar without airs & graces. There’s no pre­ten­sion about the place. Angie told me they do live mu­sic be­tween 5-7pm on week days & karaoke on a Wed­nes­day night.

If you like to keep it real, stop in at the QF Tav­ern for a beer 131 Queen Street.

Brew on Quay

I was en­joy­ing a leisurely stroll along the Auck­land wa­ter­front & re­mem­bered a friend had told me about an in­de­pen­dent “free house” mean­ing a bar with no brew­ery af­fil­i­a­tion. I liked the idea so when I found Brew on Quay Street I was more than happy to take a look

in­side. Brew Bar was once the orig­i­nal Wharf Po­lice Sta­tion. What struck me most about the place was how it had been ap­pre­cia­tively re­stored.

I was for­tu­nate to be served by one of the 3 orig­i­nal Brew Boys’ in per­son. Si­mon’s pas­sion for craft beer is ob­vi­ous. He told me they stock over 100 lo­cal & in­ter­na­tional craft beers so they can sat­isfy the most dis­cern­ing palate.

The menu is ex­ten­sive and comes with a rec­om­mended beer match for ev­ery meal. I chose the sake & soy mar­i­nated tuna matched with wheat beer fol­lowed up with a Guin­ness Cho­co­late Mousse ac­com­pa­nied with a stout. Both were per­fectly matched.

Brew on Quay at 102 Quay Street is a great place to re­lax & in­dulge your­self.

Sz­im­pla Bar

I wanted to catch up with a few friends near the air­port be­fore board­ing my flight out. Sz­im­pla fit­ted the bill per­fectly. It’s a fam­ily friendly gas­tro bar only 2 min­utes from the air­port. And be­ing a Satur­day af­ter­noon it was even bet­ter be­cause kids un­der 12 eat free (one child per din­ing adult) ev­ery Satur­day

be­tween 10-5pm.

Sz­im­pla has a retro fit out with lots of lit­tle nooks and cran­nies where you can chill & re­lax or wide open spa­ces for those who want space to sprawl. I was the first to ar­rive so hav­ing free Wi-Fi was an added bonus that gave me time to catch up with my email be­fore my friends started to roll in.

I shouted a round of the Hawkes Bay In­de­pen­dent Brew­ery beers & we all sat down to en­joy lunch. The New Zealand green lipped mus­sels & retro beer bat­tered dory & chips were clearly the most pop­u­lar meals on the menu. I had the mus­sels & they were sen­sa­tional.

Sz­im­pla gas­tro bar is con­ve­niently lo­cated un­der the Ibis Ho­tel on 2 Leonard Is­sit Drive right next to the Air­port.

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