It’s a happier day Aucklanders. Indeed, hospitality has opened and we can get back to having a cheap and cheerful night out on the town. Though, you’ve probably woken up many mornings and feared checking your bank account? Yep, Auckland is expensive and it can be difficult to find a decent bar with the best bevvies and meals on a budget. Consequently, we’ve tracked down eight of the cheapest bars for a good cocktail, beer and other specials.
If you’re looking to get drunk, no better place to do it than at this affordable pub where you can drink like the Irish without burning a hole in your pocket. The bar has live music, a chilled atmosphere during the day and comes alive at night. Likewise, you can get a mix of Irish and Kiwi grub to kill the hunger.
📍 1 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
2. Hello Sunshine
This 5-star hotspot is known for a cosy ambience and an epic Happy Hour, with drinks costing just $5. Delight in live music, meeting new people and playing some games because the bar is located on the rooftop of Xbase Backpacker Hostel. Certainly, a perfect spot to enjoy the summer sunshine.
📍 Xbase backpacker Floor 6/229 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, New Zealand
Located on K road, you’ll find this cosy and welcoming cheap and cheerful bar. It just so happens to be one of the best gay-friendly hangouts in Auckland. Whatever the occasion, boogie to the music, pig out on finger food and wash it all down with cheap margaritas.
📍 259 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
4. Little Easy
This charming joint offers some incredible daily deals such as $20 pizza and beers on Tuesdays and $5 happy hour every Tuesday to Sunday, from 3pm – 6pm. Opt to indulge in tasty tacos, jaw-dropping burgers and much more from the food menu. It is the perfect spot for a catch up with your mates this summer.
📍 198 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Another one of the cheapest bars in Auckland serving scrumptious Mexican food and signature cocktails. Go at happy hour between 5pm and 7pm daily to take advantage of the greatest drink deals such as margaritas, house wines and beers. Excitingly, some platters prices are slashed during this time too. Who could say no to a strawberry margarita paired with devilish nachos?
📍 67 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
6. Whammy Bar
A popular bar where you can partake in karaoke or watch some of the best artists play on stage. The shock is prices are quite low for such a trendy live music venue. Therefore, you can watch the acts while you grab a bite to eat paired with an affordable drink without killing your bank account. (please note this bar is closed until January)
📍 183 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
This New York inspired bar serves some great sodas, diverse cocktails and plenty more alcohol. The best time to visit for low-cost beverages is during happy hour which takes place every Friday, from 5pm-7pm. Choose to pair your drinks with some tasty dishes from the food menu for the most pleasurable experience.
📍 3 Richmond Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
This quirky place was known to throw the wildest parties pre-covid times. Equally, it is a hotspot for students because it is one of the cheapest bars in Auckland to enjoy teapot cocktails and diverse live music events. If you’re in the mood for good vibes, fantastic drink deals and great tunes…this is the place to be.
📍 Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand