Nightlife

Auckland:

Father Ted’s Original Irish Bar– 1 Wellesley Street West, Auckland

Father Ted’s is a large pub with reasonable prices and pool tables. On Tuesday’s they have a Pub Quiz from 9-11pm followed by Karaoke. They offer great prizes for the winner of the Pub Quiz and on other nights they have live music. This draws an other crowd but it is a good place for a chill night.

Globe Bar– 229 Queen St  Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Globe Bar draws a much younger crowd and a lot of students go here on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. They bring in great DJs and have a couple of billiards tables. If you want to dance- this is the place to go.

McCarthy’s Irish Pub– 196 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

This local pub has a great atmosphere and great food deals. On Tuesday nights there is a pub quiz and many other nights of the week they have live music. The staff is very kind and a lot of Parnell locals come here.

Margaritas18 Elliot Street, Auckland 

Very big and great music. A very popular student bar for UoA students.

Cassette Nine9 Vulcan Lane, Auckland

Pretty small but every Tuesday night they have a raffle and they raffle off bungee jumping, skydiving, backpacking trips etc. They give you 5 seconds to get to the stage before they call the next number so be ready to RUN! I witnessed a girl be kicked off at 6 seconds and she left empty handed. They have a very small balcony that overlooks one of the most beautiful streets in Auckland.

Fort Street Union- 16 Fort Street, Auckland Central

This is a very trendy and fun place. There is an older crowd but there is large rooftop garden bar which is very enjoyable on a nice evening.

Lenin201 Quay Street, Auckland

Located in the Viaduct, Lenin attracts has a young and hip crowd. Lenin has a great sized dance floor and the DJ is great, this is one of the very few places that does not have a cover charge on the weekends. There is a glass wall on one side of the dance floor that looks into the famous Ice Bar and it is very cool to be able to look in. The drink prices are expensive, but the atmosphere is fun. There is also seating outdoors if the music becomes too much.

1885- 27 Galway Street, Auckland

Located in the Britomart area, 1885 draws in a young crowd and many students come here. Wednesday evenings are a popular night but the wait to get in can be quite long. On weekend evenings there is a $10 cover charge. On different nights of the week there are differnt live bands and DJs. The dance floor is small but their is a very elegant and upbeat attitude about this place.

The Carpark1 Lower Hobson Street, Auckland

The Carpark is another very fun bar and the DJ welcomes suggestions and will actually play them. This is a very large bar and can be booked for private venues. There is a great outdoor area to get away from the music and enjoy the fresh air. If you get hungry, they serve gourmet pizza all night long!

Danny Doolans- 204 Quay Street West, Auckland

Located in the Viaduct, Danny Doolans is a typical Irish pub that attracts an older crowd. There is live music 7 days a week and the dance floor is very small. Danny Doolans is another bar that does not have a cover charge on the weekends but drinks are very expensive. There are a few drink specials for the earlier crowd but you must arrive before 7pm.

Sydney:

The Argyle12-18 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney

The nicest nightclub I have been too yet, the downstairs was very vintage and trendy and the upstairs was very modern and contemporary  The DJ was suspended in a glass box level too the second floor and it was pretty awesome. The drinks were outrageously expensive and the crowd was older 20’s to 40’s. The outdoor area was a quad that connected the Cut bar and three other bars, it was packed with people and finding a table was close to impossible. I would recommend checking out this area!

Opera BarSydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level, Sydney

Located directly under the Opera House along the Harbour and overlooking the Bridge, the view from this entirely outdoor bar was breathtaking.

The Glennmore96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney

The Glennmore, by day a pub, and by night a rooftop bar would be a great on a warm evening. This bar had a great social scene and the crowd was mostly in their 20’s.

Star Bar600 George Street, Sydney

Star Bar was very quiet at first but then the DJ tried to turn this very casual bar into a club and the music was overwhelmingly loud. Drinks were very inexpensive but there was not a big social scene, this would be a great place to go early to catch up with an old friend.

Cheers Bar561 George Street, Sydney

A great location on George Street, many young people hang out here. The bar has three levels, downstairs stays quiet for eating, the middle level was where the bar was located and very crowded, and the top floor was much more chill with pool tables, couches and high-top tables.

Rotorua:

Pig and WhistleCorner of Haupapa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua

Pig and Whistle has a nice atmosphere and the building has a historical feel. The live music is wonderful and sings a variety of songs that everyone can sing along too. There is always a $3 cover charge.

Hennessy’s Irish Bar 1210 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua

Very quiet pub, not much going on here.

Heaven and HellArawa Street, Rotorua

Apparently rated Rotorua’s #1 Nightclub. It was very fun and if you are looking to go clubbing you should go here. The DJ was great and the lights were very cool.

The Lava Bar–  1286 Arawa St, Rotorua

I did not go here but I was told it is a lot of fun so you should check it out!

Christchurch:

Smash Palace- Corner of Victoria Street and Bealey Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand

Prior to Smash Palace, Goodbye Blue Monday was the bar that stood here and was destroyed during the earthquake. Smash Palace is now in its place and is an outdoor bar with two buses parked in the middle of the lot. Out of one bus, food and drinks are served and the other is for an indoor seating area. Outside there are lawn chairs, high top tables and heat-lamps to give a comfortable outdoor space.

Queenstown:

Altitude Bar- 49 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Altitude Bar is an XBase Bar (part of our Backpackers) and has a different theme each night of the week. For example, Karaoke, Race night, White Wednesdays and more. Discounts are given for guests of the Backpackers. It is a fun place with pool tables, a stage and TVs. They even have a hair straighter in the women’s bathroom!

The World Bar- 27 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Upstairs from Fat Badgers, The World Bar gets crowded very early in the night. They have live bands that play, multiple gathering rooms and an outdoor area.

Chicos Restaurant and Bar9 The Mall, Queenstown, New Zealand 

A much quieter spot but in a beautiful stone building in Queenstown. They have bands and DJs that perform and a cool covered, but small, outdoor area.

Fat Badgers Pizza Bar- 27 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand 

This is a pizza place that also serves the largest beer in Queenstown in a trophy mug sort of cup. The record for drinking out of this was 4.3 seconds but I won’t believe that until I see it myself!

The Buffalo Club- 8 Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand

This place is a hit or miss. We went one night and there was not a soul in the place and the next night it was hard to move around. Good music.

Sky Bar- 26 Camp Street (Upstairs), Queenstown, New Zealand

More of a club scene. Very dark with bright blue lights. Not a large crowd.

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