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.
Ponsonby Road: The Place to Be
Ponsonby Road is one of the liveliest parts of Auckland. Although the bars listed above are amongst the most popular, you will find many others to enjoy for an evening's social entertainment.