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Top bar recommendations from locals

Italian Restaurant
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“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
Bar
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“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
American Restaurant
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“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
Café
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“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
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“In walking distance, for those who don't want to venture far for a glass of wine or beer. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Excellent for late night drinks and dancing! One of the most popular bars in Ponsonby.”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Gastro Pub only 5 mins walk away. Good decent sized meals. Big deck overlooking the city. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Great local bar -has really good tapas / small plates of food. An older group of people but well regarded and is around 15 minutes walk. They have a cafe as well for breakfast and brunch ( next door ).”
  • 9 locals recommend
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  • 5 locals recommend
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“A charming local wine bar serving tapas & cheese boards. Close intimate tables - a great place to have a drink on your way out to dinner or after dinner.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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  • 3 locals recommend
Pub
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“One of the popular Ponsonby bars. Also great for food earlier in the night in the weekend or at anytime on other days of the week.”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This tiny bar, we said tiny, is an institution on Ponsonby Road. Always plenty of retro music and friendly people. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends
Beer Bar
“My favourite place for a drink in Ponsonby! And a 5 minute walk around the corner...bonus!”
  • 4 locals recommend