Bask in the sunshine at Dr Rudi's, overlooking the Viaduct Harbour. Picture / Supplied

Soak Up Sun & Sea Views at These Viaduct Bars

With the Volvo Ocean Race in town, there's no better place to unwind with drinks and nibbles

Soul Bar
Sit out on Soul Bar's west terrace and enjoy the ocean views. It's one of the loveliest places to lunch  try the pacherri pasta with cloudy bay clams, calabrian chilli and aqua pazza. 
16-18 Lower Hobson St and Customs St West, Viaduct. Visit

Parasol and Swing
We were excited when this bar popped up in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour: Parasol and Swing Company have a menu filled with fried chicken burgers, lamb cutlets, fresh fish, and waffles.Meanwhile, the drinks list celebrates thoughtful cocktails, boutique wine producers and craft beer.
• Viaduct Harbour, between Dr Rudi's and Soul Bar. Visit

Relax with a cocktail and a view at Soul Bar. Picture / Supplied

The Nightingale
If you're in the mood for gourmet comfort food, make The Nightingale your destination. Choose from menu of shared platters, fantastic burgers, mac and cheese, fried chicken and waffles and classic American desserts such as key lime pie. Lighter options are also available for smaller appetites and don't forget to browse the drinks list of craft beers and cocktails to whet the whistle. 
• 204 Quay St, Viaduct. Visit

The interior of Oyster and Chop. Picture / Guy Coombes

Dr Rudi's
This rooftop brewery has prime views of the viaduct and plenty of fresh brews on tap. On the menu, there are pizzas by the foot (including dessert options) and generous platters to keep you going. Take a break from the sun and pop inside for a spot of bowling if you're game.
• Level 2, 204 Quay St, Viaduct. Visit

Oyster and Chop
No surprises what the main drawcard here is. Bluff oysters are on the cards from Saturday March 3 — you could also finish things off with their decadent take on chocolate mousse.
• Market Pl, Viaduct. Visit

The view from Parasol and Swing. Picture / Supplied

Park up with a pizza on the deck of Headquarters and watch the world (or just the boats) go by. We've also heard great things about the sardines on toast if you're looking to keep things ocean-themed. The cocktails are also worth stopping by for and there's usually a menu special or happy hour to make the most of. 
• 115 Customs St West, Viaduct. Visit

READ: All You Need to Know About the Volvo Ocean Race

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