Ponsonby Road is one of the top spots in Auckland for nightlife and entertainment. It is very close to the center of the city (just a short taxi ride away) and it's a good place to go if you are looking for a drink and to meet new people. Although bars tend to come and go, here is a list of some of the best.
Catering to a slightly older crowd, this is as well known for its food menu as it is as a place to hang out for a drink. It gets busy in the evenings. If you're looking for a quiet time try later in the afternoon.
A Ponsonby institution, this Italian-themed restaurant has a bar area that is a great place to meet some of the locals, and maybe even bump into someone famous too. There is also a good food menu (excellent pizzas) so it's a good place to stay for lunch or dinner.
This is a tiny place and it gets very crowded late in the evening. However, with a friendly crowd and some of the best cocktails in town it is understandable why the Lime Bar is so popular.
A large and very popular bar and restaurant with a nice outdoor courtyard as well. Both food and drinks are well worth visiting for, as is the unique atmosphere.
Cosh also becomes a nightclub later in the evenings, with a variety of live entertainment each night. A notable feature is the great view of Auckland city through the window behind the bar.
With a mix of indoor and outdoor (covered) areas and a trendy feel, this is a good place to be at any time of the week.