NOT being touted as the place to go for a quiet drink, SEVEN is the newest and noisiest incarnation of the iconic Seafarers rooftop – and this time it’s open to everyone.

Pan-Asian delicacies, killer cocktails and boisterous vibes are on the menu, with Ebisu’s head chef Fred Wong at the helm – think coconut espresso martinis and five spice duck and you get the idea. A surreal neon aesthetic and spectacular views complete the experience.

It’s one of the best spots in the city but until now, it’s been reserved for very good behaviour from a select few people. SEVEN has ripped up that rulebook and dialled up the fun. So ditch the sensible shoes, call your bad friends and get up there.

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Inspired by the gorgeously garish tiki bars of 1950s L.A, Talulah sits above The Chamberlain on Tyler St. While you might not find every tacky detail normally associated with this kind of joint, you’ll certainly find the vibe, which involves a major focus on escapism and hospitality. There’s a beautiful mural of a leafy, otherworldly scene and stunning views across Auckland Harbour which will help “transport you to a tropical South Pacific paradise in which you can forget your troubles”. There are classic tropical drinks from previous decades and special tiki-inspired creations. Talulah’s drinks use fresh juices, custom made syrups, house produced infusions and of course, many fine Caribbean rums. Snacks come care of The Chamberlain and include, amongst other dishes, deep-fried pies.

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A New York style cocktail bar inspired by the golden era of bar tending. Reviving forgotten classics with a focus on thoughtful service, fresh fruit, fine spirits and hand cut ice.

Hidden in plain sight this intimate basement bar is a destination for discerning drinkers. Choose from our ever changing menu or trust your host to suggest the perfect drink for you.

Caretaker is an intimate bar committed to creating a truly welcoming atmosphere. We believe bar tending is a question of character, it’s all about taking care of people and that personal interaction. We treat each shift as an opportunity to improve our craft, striving to make it perfect. We have a meticulous approach to cocktails, focusing on classics created in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century.

Caretaker is grounded in the belief that the cocktail is a simple thing and what matters is if you make it right. Every detail has been considered, from the fresh pressed juice right down to the ice in your glass. We believe simplicity is a virtue, our cocktails usually have few ingredients, allowing each individual ingredient to shine. 

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Somehow perfect for both special occasion dates and business meetings, Miann Britomart is a magic little spot – and you can take a piece home with you. With packaging luxe enough to rival their neighbours Tiffany & Co. and CHANEL, gifting something is easy – if you can bring yourself to let it go.

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REC is a record store by day, serving sandwiches and filter coffee. Also on offer are – you guessed it – records, both new (from international and local distribution labels) and pre-loved (host Connor Nestor tells us there’s a great “Beginner Collector” section.) By night, the venue becomes a haven for live acts to thrash and thrive: first on REC’s bill are Cut Off Your Hands, Scuba Diva and Yukon Era – and if those names make no sense to you, REC would say come on down and have a listen.

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From artisan bakers handcrafting pastries in the morning, through to oysters and gelato at night, Amano is an unbeatable source of local flavours with an international twist.

Amano means both “made by hand” and “with love” in Italian and this suits the spot perfectly, for every thing here is handmade with love.

Head baker Dan Cruden oversees the bakery, where the menu evolves throughout the day. Mornings open with a nod to France; glistening pain aux raisins, Paris brests and other pastries fill the cabinets, before hearty Italian sandwiches, seasonal soups, salads and pizza-by-the-slice are introduced for lunch.

As the sun sets, one end of the bakery develops into an aperitivo bar where you can indulge in a negroni or aperol spritz alongside pre-dinner snacks. This area then becomes a cosy den for diners to retreat with cheese and a digestif after dinner.

The bistro’s airy 120-seat dining room channels old-world Italy with a modern twist. Terrazzo tiles and Italian marble complement charming heritage features.

For the menu, Amano head chef Andrew Hanson and HIPGROUP executive chef Jo Pearson have interpreted Italian cuisine through a distinctly local lens, while celebrating the principles that HIPGROUP have built their business on. HIPGROUP are the first to tell you that Amano is not just a restaurant, but a platform to honour the quality and provenance of food.

The team behind Ortolana, Milse and The Store, Amano follows the same food philosophy: to use seasonal produce (often from the group’s own farm in Kumeu) to create delicious food. A simple goal with devastatingly good results, it means that everything is made fresh and each loaf is handcrafted using just a few key ingredients, harking back to the baking days of old.

From the best breakfast pastries, to the most nourishing lunches, to crudo, oysters and scallops that have been freshly plucked from the ocean and gelato prepared with local ingredients… Amano is a living breathing wonder.

Make a reservation online here.

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Blanketed in warm wood, soft furnishings and a calm atmosphere, Oaken dishes out good food and great drink from 7am-late, Monday-Saturday. Combining carefully sourced artisan foods with traditional cooking methods and a serious wine list, the all day eatery has what you’re hankering for at any time of day.

Celebrating the versatility of the humble egg, breakfast is a choice of 10 imaginative dishes that centre around the oval offering: 63.5˚ eggs with house cured bacon; duck egg white omelette; coddled eggs with wagyu bresaola; inventive and intriguing, these aren’t your standard sunnyside uppers.

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At midday, the pace quickens and a new menu comes into play. Caramalised bacon butties; cauliflower, mushroom and buckwheat salad; chargrilled rump, it’s the sort of place you could take someone you’ve never met before and know they’d find something to devour.

During the evening focus shifts slightly from good food to fine wine with a neatly curated but expansive list that guarantees a suitable drop for every palate and budget. It’s a constantly changing selection with all bottles ordered in small quantities which essentially means you could be trying something new, every time you visit.

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To accompany the nighttime tipples, Executive Chef Javier Carmona has dreamt up a selection of small plates, specifically designed to further the flavours of the exquisite wines.

Open early and closed late with good food and, arguably more importantly, great drinks served all day, Oaken is the right place to drop by, any time. Not exactly a café, a restaurant or a bar, the only way to really describe Oaken is as your local.

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After taking Kingsland and Ponsonby by storm, raw food supremos Little Bird are feathering a new nest in the heart of Britomart.

Exquisite food from nature’s finest raw organic ingredients

Little Bird has revolutionized the way Aucklanders think about food. Their delectable raw cakes, slices, and savouries taste as good as they look – plus they’re fresh, clean, tasty, and packed with natural goodness. Having made a splash in Kingsland and Ponsonby with their “unbakeries”, the Little Bird team has set their sights on Britomart, opening a tiny, nest-like space for downtown types to enjoy.

As well as their famous raw desserts, slices and savouries, the Britomart store will be introducing a cold-pressed fruit juice brand called ‘the Squeezery’, which will provide punters with a fix of goodness as they go about their day.

Little Bird was launched by chef Megan May and her husband Jeremy, an architect and designer. Having suffered from early food intolerances, and having similar symptoms reemerge while training as “regular” chef as an adult, Megan realised that a “normal” diet didn’t work for her. She began to experiment with gluten, dairy and sugar-free organic foods, and so the Little Bird brand was hatched.

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Sister bar to acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant Cafe Hanoi, Xuxu Dumpling Bar is the perfect place to begin or end your night – or settle in for the evening.

Xuxu Dumpling Bar (say “Su-su”) is one of the city’s small gems, a cosy table-service bar just across Commerce Street from its older sibling Cafe Hanoi.

Its whimsical decor carries a whisper of Eastern elegance and old-world romance: rich peacock-design drapes, stained-glass lampshades, bamboo-patterned wallpaper and an intricate turquoise and white wall mosaic.

There are no bar stools or leaners here; just intimate tables where you’re hosted by attentive staff, with the kind of warm but unobtrusive service we know and love from Cafe Hanoi. The open kitchen bustling with staff adds a touch of theatre inside, while the streetside terrace provides a front-row seat to the hum of the Britomart precinct beyond.

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There’s a moreish list of Asian-inspired cocktails and a small, but thoughtfully created selection of dumplings to please even the pickiest of palates. On the drinks list select wines, boutique beers and spirits have been carefully chosen to complement the food.

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White’s products are made using the all-natural yoghurt made famous by gourmet dairy brand The Collective. It’s dished up as the freshest soft-serve, as sundaes and in cones, in a choice of four flavours: perennial favourites vanilla, chocolate, berry and mango. As well as their delicious ice-treats, they also serve up a range of hearty porridges and bircher mueslis – the perfect thing to get you going in the morning.

Decadent toppings range from fresh seasonal fruit, nuts and granola to fruit syrups, curds and compotes. Or – if you want to balance out all that yoghurt-eating virtue – fudge, handmade lollies and meringue. Also on offer are fresh yoghurt ‘smoovies’ and parfaits of fruit, yoghurt and granola.

All that makes White’s the perfect place to stop by when you’re in the mood for a sweet treat during hot summer days and nights, or for a quick breakfast or pick-me-up on the go.

The brainchild of good friends Angus Allan (co-founder of The Collective) and Kirk Saunders, White’s & Co. is dedicated to delivering the very best in quality, because in their words, “people deserve yoghurt as yoghurt should be”.

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The Store is an eatery of two halves. At one end a chic diner serving casual meals and drinks with attentive table service. At the other a neighbourhood store selling an ever-changing menu of house-made ‘gourmet convenience’ food and superb coffee to take away.

Serving quick nutritious bites from early till late seven days a week, The Store specialises in ‘great takeaway food, fresh pastries and bread’, and for those who wish to dine in, the focus is on ‘quick-fire service for casual tables in the inner courtyard.’

The space also houses a bakery, which supplies The Hip Group’s entire stable of cafes and stores with bread and pastries. Producing artisanal foods 16 hours a day, the bakery is visible to passers-by, in line with the idea that food ‘tastes better when you see someone make it.’

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The Store’s European inspired menu mirrors its founders’ farm to fork philosophy, celebrating fresh local produce and incorporating citrus fruit, pears, figs, pecan and macadamia nuts grown at the Hip Group’s own orchard at Kumeu.

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