The Viva Team's Favourite Happy Hour Spots For Top-Notch Drinks
What better way to get toasty in winter...It's 4pm somewhere right?
Happy hour negroni for $12 or an $8 prosecco at Annabel’s is the ticket for cheap and cheerful after work drinks.
— Dan Ahwa, fashion editor
Where: 277 Ponsonby Rd, Three Lamps When: Saturday to Tuesday, 3-6pm Visit: Annabelswinebar.com
Orphans Kitchen’s happy hour is so good I almost don’t want to share it. From 5-6:30pm on weeknights, they offer $5 Parrot Dog lager and $10 Grey Lynn Spritz, and for eats, there’s $3 oysters with champagne granita and $10 tacos on kumara tortilla. It’s also $10 for half a kilo of the most addictive chicken wings with horopito and honey you’ll ever taste.
— Rosie Herdman, writer and fashion assistant
Where: 118 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby When: Tuesday to Saturday, 5-6.30pm Visit: Orphanskitchen.co.nz
My favourite spot for happy hour is definitely Coco's Cantina, for the $7 glass of prosecco served in a saucer, not a flute. Glamour on the cheap: which kind of sums up the K Rd people watching too.
— Rebecca Zephyr Thomas, photographer
Where: 376 Karangahape Rd, City When: Monday to Saturday, 5-7pm, happy hour meal available Monday to Friday 5-6pm Visit: Cocoscantina.co.nz
Bedford Soda & Liquor
Bedford Soda & Liquor in Takapuna is good for when the beach is a no-go zone, and you want a cosy shelter with nibbles.
— Janetta Mackay, beauty editor
Where: 21 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna Visit: Bedfordsodaliquor.co.nz
Tacos and Japanese beer...I’m sold. Ponsonby’s slick and delicious Azabu serves up $6 tacos (I like the eggplant tempura) and Asahi for $7 a glass. There's also a $12 pisco sour special to brighten up winter and a bowl of guacamole with sweetcorn and tuna can be shared between four.
— Sarah Downs, writer
Where: 26 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn When: Monday and Tuesday, 5-7pm, Wednesday to Friday, 3-6pm Visit: Azabuponsonby.co.nz
Settle into one of Conch's tucked away booths with a crisp $7 Hallertau beer or cider. The pizzas from their wood oven go down a treat with your drink too — or try their amazing homemade tacos.
— India Essuah, writer
Where: 15a Ponsonby Rd When: Monday to Sunday, 5-7pm Visit: Conch.co.nz
Carmen Jones has a great happy hour going on too. Sip on a house specials of wine, bubbles or red sangria and pair it with winter tapas specials like creamy onion and lentil soup with paprika oil, lemon juice and hot pide for $12 and an eggplant dip with finger toast for $9. They also do churros and hot chocolate sauce with coffee for $7.
Where: 382 Karangahape Road, City When: Tuesday to Sunday, 4-7pm Visit: Carmenjones.nz