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Auckland Nightlife, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand is known as the city of lights. The nightlife activity in Auckland is a bit subdued compared to Paris or New York. Still, the avenues for a good nightlife enjoyment are plenty in this charming city.

The waterfront area of the city is the main nightlife activity center. The Prince’s Wharf Development and the America’s Cup Village are the chief nightlife venues, with High Street, situated south of Queen’s Wharf, offering more decent bars & restaurants, with live music in many of them.

 The suburbs in this area, including Karangahape Road, Ponsonby, and Parnell also have quality bars and clubs. Even though the dress code in these nightlife areas in Auckland is generally casual, many of them discourage black leathers and jeans, considered as the favorite dress of gangs. Drinking age limit is 18 years. 

Bars & Restaurants 

The bars of repute in the waterfront area of Auckland that are ideal for an enjoyable nightlife are the huge glass-walled bar called The Loaded Hog, situated in the Viaduct Basin in Quay Street, O Hagan’s, and Fox’s Ale House & Restaurant. Bellini in Hilton Auckland, Lenin Bar, and Minus5 are the other notable bars in Prince’s Wharf. Due to the long history of British influence, Auckland also contains bars with a distinct British flavor. Civic Tavern is the largest among them, with an English bar named the London Bar and an Irish one called Murphy’s.  Some of them are the Shakespeare Tavern, Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and The Immigrant Irish Bar with a hundred percent Irish atmosphere. 

Sky City Complex 

Sky City is a chief attraction as the nightlife center of Auckland. Sky City contains two casinos, with more than 100 tables and 1,600 gaming machines. Only persons above 20 years are admitted in the casinos. The complex has got 18 restaurants & bars that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sky City also boasts of a 4 star SKYCITY Hotel and a 5 star Grand Hotel. The entertainment complex contains the immensely popular Sky Tower, a 328 meter structure. This tower is considered the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere, offering a panoramic view of areas up to 80 kilometers in all directions. Entry is by payment of NZ$28 for adults and $11 for children between 5 and 14. Children below 5 are not charged any fee. The tower is open between 8-30 am and 10-30 pm on all the days, with an extra hour in the night on Fridays and Saturdays. 


 If you are a person who likes to mix an element of comedy in your nightlife, then The Classic, Aotea Centre, and Civic Theatre in Queen Street, as well as Silo Theatre and Maidment Theatre in nearby streets are the ideal place to appreciate local and international talent. The nightlife activities at the bars, clubs, and theatres of Auckland could be ascertained from Tourist Times, a free newspaper and the Saturday & Thursday edition of the New Zealand Herald.

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