Stafford Road Wine Bar. Picture / Babiche Martens.

9 Cosy Bars

Escape the cold and settle into one of these snug bars

Stafford Road Wine Bar
This is a perfect stop for people who want a drink after catching a movie at the boutique Bridgeway Cinemas.
Stafford Road Wine Bar, 141 Queen St, Northcote Point

Mea Culpa
With a cocktail menu that changes based on what’s available locally, and with a handful of awards up its sleeves, Mea Culpa truly is a destination for the connoisseur.
Mea Culpa, 3/175 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

This tiny establishment in the heart of Auckland’s CBD celebrates its 20th birthday this year, and recently won the Outstanding Local 2015 award at the Lewisham Awards.
Mo’s, corner of Wolfe and Federal Sts, Auckland Central

House Bar
The plush furniture and cosy fire at Hotel DeBrett’s House Bar make for a comfortable night out.
House Bar, Hotel DeBrett, Level 1, 2 High St, Auckland Central

Xuxu in Britomart. Picture / Babiche Martens.

Any place that serves extravagant cocktails alongside handmade dumplings is a winner in our books. 
— Xuxu, corner of Galway and Commerce Sts, Britomart

Dida’s Wine Lounge
Offering a long and short version of the wine list, Dida’s knows its chenin blanc from its viognier. 
Dida’s Wine Lounge, 54 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay

Freida Margolis
Freida Margolis, which replaced West Lynn Organic Meats in Grey Lynn, oozes character.
Freida Margolis, 440 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

Molten Wine Bar
A drink at this intimate bar is the perfect starter to a meal next door at Molten Restaurant.
Molten Wine Bar, 422 Mount Eden Rd, Mount Eden

It’s a crime not to enjoy your delicious glass of wine with Apero’s equally delicious food.
Apero, 280 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

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