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Bars and nightlife in Freemans Bay

Top bars

Italian Restaurant
“Again, going with the classics here... the ones that have stood the test of time. Always reliable. It's not for everyone, some people like a bit more grit but SPQR is a favourite.... you'll understand why as soon as you enter, it's a bit fancy but in an Auckland way... put your Gucci sneakers on ladies and put the Clicquot on ice and keep it coming”
  • 42 locals recommend
“Ah, what can I say about the Chapel... I have to say something cos it's directly across the road. The Chapel is an Auckland institution and popular amongst both "collars" ... blue and white that is. 3-6pm is predominantly the "Tradie Hour" builders, contractors... real estate agents (not sure what category they go into), high flying entrepreneurs ... and then from 7pm onwards it turns into a a proper pub night... Sunday Evenings are the main event for all those that can't face Monday without a hangover”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Classic dancing spot with fancy people. Friday or Saturday night after 10pm Most people have dinner in the Ponsonby street then the restaurants clear the tables and people dance into the morning.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Japanese Peruvian influenced, offers a range of dishes from steak to dumplings, bao buns and they’ve even got a raw bar so chefs prepare sashimi right in front of you.”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great atmosphere and cocktails - based in Ponsonby Central so easy to have a pre or post dinner drink there and eat at one of the restaurants in the Ponsonby Central”
  • 8 locals recommend
“The most amazing South American cuisine and chilled out atmosphere. The staff are amazing and friendly. A great place for a bite and quick drink, a full delicious dinner or to drink the night away.”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Excellent for late night drinks and dancing! One of the most popular bars in Ponsonby.”
  • 9 locals recommend
“Our local- great beer and cheap as pizza (12 - 2pm & 5-7.30pm $5 pizza's everyday)”
  • 10 locals recommend


General Entertainment
“Bookings Essential Auckland's Original Drag Queen Cabaret (Dinner & Show) Established 1995 - a night of hilarity.”
  • 3 locals recommend