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Rooftop Bars Auckland

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Rooftop Bar Auckland
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Auckland Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

Although you might get the most impressive views from the Sky Tower, a more relaxed way to enjoy panoramics over the city and ocean is from a rooftop bar Auckland. But which is the best Auckland rooftop? To help you find out, this ultimate guide comes packed with all info you need about each venue: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more.

With a growing scene of great spots to enjoy elevated cocktails and sky-high vibe, the Auckland rooftop bars come in all shapes and sizes, from swanky rooftop lounges to urban garden terraces. Just scroll down and find the rooftop bar Auckland best suited for you.

The list

14 best rooftop bars in Auckland

Rooftop bar Auckland The Churchill in Auckland

The Churchill

$$$$ | 20th floor | Auckland CBD
  • Highlights
  • Gin with a view
  • Panoramic views
  • Luxurious

The Churchill, Auckland's luxury rooftop gin and cocktail bar, is located on the 20th floor of the Four Points by Sheraton and unveils spectacular panoramic views of the city. Promoting the tagline 'gin with a view', you can understand that the impressive vistas meets an equally impressive selection of gin, with nearly 200 styles from across the globe. But the menu also presents a specially curated and unique Sir Winston Churchill-themed cocktail menu, and a shared plate-style food selection. Sopshiticated lounge in atmosphere, this is a perfect rooftop bar Auckland for after work drinks, a pre-show aperitif or an evening of cocktails with friends.

Rooftop bar Auckland Rooftop at QT in Auckland

Rooftop at QT

$$$ | 6th floor | Viaduct Harbour
  • Highlights
  • Modern & stylish
  • Mediterranean bites
  • Harbour & city views

Opened during 2020, this expansive and elevated rooftop at the QT Hotel floats six floors above the Viaduct. Part airy inside lounge with panoramic windows, and part open-air terrace, surrounded with amazing views over the harbour and the city of Auckland. Elegant and stylish in design, the Rooftop at QT comes with plenty of comfy lounge spots where you can enjoy everything from classic & contemporary cocktails and a fine selection of wine and spirits, to mezze bites with Mediterranean influences.

Rooftop bar Auckland Bar Albert in Auckland

Bar Albert

$$$$ | 38th floor | Auckland CBD
  • Highlights
  • Highest
  • Amazing views
  • World-class drinks

Perched on top of the new voco Auckland City Centre, Bar Albert is not only the highest rooftop bar in Auckland, but in all of New Zealand. The 38th floor venue comes with a sleek, stylish and art deco-inspired decor, surrounded with amazing views over the city. Aiming to offer world-class drinks, Bar Albert serves a menu curated by a range of mixologist, featuring both signature cocktails and a wide range of bespoke single batch spirits, as well as a fine array of wines and elevated small plates & sharing platters.

Rooftop bar Auckland The Parasol & Swing Company in Auckland

The Parasol & Swing Company

$$$ | 2nd floor | Viaduct Basin
  • Highlights
  • Harbour-views
  • House made cocktails
  • Stylish yet relaxing

Found in the vibrant Viaduct, The Parasol Swing & Company offers two floors of great vibes, views, food and drinks, best enjoyed on the sun-drenched rooftop terrace, where amazing views over the harbour awaits. Open from noon to late night, the rooftop menu comes packed with everything from bespoke house made cocktails, carefully sourced boutique wines and a great selection of American-style goodies. Visit this Auckland rooftop for a long lunch in the sun, some after-work drinks with a view, or late-night weekend fun with live DJs.

Rooftop bar Auckland Sunset Bar in Auckland

Sunset Bar

$$$$ | 10th floor | Auckland CBD
  • Highlights
  • Contemporary
  • Breathtaking views
  • Live DJs

Opened during 2022, Sunset Bar is a contemporary and elevated rooftop bar, where design, drinks, food, music and breathtaking views come together in a great mix. Located on the 10th floor of the Sudima Auckland City, the rooftop blends a 70s-inspired interior with a beautiful outdoor terrace, with comfy loungers and plenty of greenery. Shaped by a team of some of New Zealand’s best-known authorities on hospitality, and you can expect a great selection of food and drinks.

Rooftop bar Auckland La Zeppa Kitchen and Bar

La Zeppa

$$$ | 2nd floor | Victoria Park
  • Highlights
  • Terrace deck
  • Eventful
  • Share & enjoy

This hip and eventful restaurant and rooftop bar is located in an old industrial warehouse behind Victoria Park Market. The indoor restaurant comes with a cosy fire place and the large outdoor rooftop deck has a playful and lush setting along with great views over Victoria Park and all the way to Auckland Sky Tower. At La Zeppa you can enjoy a large drink menu, ranging from beers on tap or in pitchers to creative and fun cocktails. Urban, vibrant and youthful place, where the happenings seems almost endless.

Rooftop bar Auckland HI-SO Rooftop Bar in Auckland

HI-SO Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 16th floor | Britomart
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic views
  • Cocktail bar
  • Live DJs

The HI-SO Rooftop Bar, set on top of the hotel SO/ Auckland, offers views, cocktails and glamour of the highest class. Sixteen floors above the hustle and bustle of central Auckland, the rooftop comes with both chic indoor lounge and a lovely open-air terrace, where the view stretches over the harbour, Rangitoto Island and beyond. Truly a hot and trendy rooftop cocktail bar, the HI-SO menu is filled with tasty and crafted signature creations, great to enjoy as fine after-work drinks, or some sophisticated late night vibes with regular DJs creating the soundtrack.

Rooftop bar Auckland Saint Alice in Auckland

Saint Alice

$$$ | 3rd floor | Viaduct Harbour
  • Highlights
  • Harbour views
  • Sunny lunches
  • Vibrant nights

Perched above Viaduct Harbour, the spacious Saint Alice rooftop offers a beautiful setting, where a lush and airy inside pretty much blends with the outside. This is a bar, eatery and rooftop bar Auckland to enjoy everything from a long and sunny lunch to an all night out. The rooftop menu focuses on seasonal and local produce, from the craft beers to the great selection of seafood. Made perfect to share, the food menu also includes some tasty wood fired pizza. All served in a laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere.

Rooftop bar Auckland Palmer Bar in Auckland

Palmer Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Britomart
  • Highlights
  • Modern
  • Urban
  • Crafted cocktails

At the newly revamped 1 Albert Street precinct, you find an equally new and sparkling addition to the Auckland rooftop scene, called Palmer Bar. With a space designed to inspire, this urban and trendy venue offers a beautiful and warm interior, along with a stylish outdoor rooftop terrace, overlooking downtown Auckland. Here you can indulge in an impressive and delightful drink list with signature creations, as well as exclusive plates perfect to share, all served in a sopshisticated yet vibrant atmosphere.

Rooftop bar Auckland Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen in Auckland

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen

$$$ | 2nd floor | Victoria Quadrant
  • Highlights
  • Spacious terrace
  • Live music & DJs
  • In-house brews

Tucked into Auckland’s historic Victoria Quadrant, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen is a crafted and buzzing gastropub, with an industrial and chic warehouse vibe inside, as well as a partly covered, partly open-air rooftop terrace. Decked with picnic tables and cosy string lights, the rooftop is by no means the highest in the city, but it is one of the largest. Focusing on street eats and local brew, this is a great spot for everything from long lunches and after work drinks to late night dancing.

Rooftop bar Auckland Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co. in Auckland

Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co.

$$$ | 2nd floor | Viaduct Basin
  • Highlights
  • Fun & vibrant
  • Onsite brewery
  • Bowling lanes

A fun, hip and vibrant rooftop bar Auckland, found in the happening Viaduct area. This means a terrace not only offering fantastic views over the glistening harbour, but also a perfect spot for people-watching. With an onsite brewery pumping constantly award winning beers, the rooftop menu also includes wine, sparkling and refreshing cocktails, as well as eats ranging from pizza's (available as 1, 2 or 3 feet) to seafood specialties. A buzzing venue with everything from live DJs, live performances and two bowling lanes out back.

Rooftop bar Auckland Basalt in Auckland


$$$ | 2nd floor | Howick
  • Highlights
  • Water views
  • Generous menu
  • Laid-back

Found in Howick, an eastern suburb of Auckland, Basalt offers a casual and laid-back rooftop experience, with a charming upstairs indoor / outdoor rooftop where you can enjoy 180-degree views of the Howick skyline and the water, as well as a generous menu including everything from bites, pizza and pub-style mains, to refreshing cocktails and a large selection of wine and beer. Fun and friendly in atmosphere, the Basalt rooftop is a great spot to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon bite or sip as you watch the sun go down.

Rooftop bar Auckland The Glass Goose in Auckland

The Glass Goose

$$$ | 2nd floor | Auckland CBD
  • Highlights
  • Auckland Sky Tower views
  • Stylish lounge
  • Hidden gem

Tucked away in an a little alley just off Federal Street, The Glass Goose rooftop bar and restaurant is a true oasis in the Auckland concrete jungle. As the name hints, the rooftop is designed to look and feel like a garden greenhouse. Open for brunch, lunch, drinks and dinner, the menu is filled with contemporary yet casual dishes, along with a great selection of both signature and classic cocktails, as well as selected wines and craft beers. With a friendly service and comfy atmosphere, The Glass Goose is a hidden gem well worth searching for.

Rooftop bar Auckland Brew on Quay Rooftop

Brew on Quay Rooftop

$$$ | 2nd floor | Britomart
  • Highlights
  • Beer & beer
  • Large screens & live music
  • Atmosphere

Not the place for sky high altitude and views, but instead for over 102 different types of beer, great atmosphere and live acts and sports. The old heritage building do come with a cosy, small and lush 2nd floor open-air terrace, but you will just not see all of Auckland from it. Classic but modern pub setting where you can enjoy a wide range of beers from both NZ and all over the world along with a great selection of homely cooked kiwi cuisine. Expect a friendly service and relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bar Auckland

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: Oct-May

Residents: 1,4 millions

Climate: temperate

Auckland has dozens of nice restaurants and bars, and also a couple of really good rooftop bars, with the rooftop scene growing by each year. And although most of the terraces in Auckland are not located on a very high altitude, they still provide fine views over the town and the surrounding landscape.

From swanky Auckland sky lounges to more charming terraces, most of the elevated venues are found in the Viaduct and Britomart area in the heart of town.

About Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with 1.4 million inhabitants. The city is located in the northern parts of the North Island of New Zealand, just off the waterfront. The city is famous for its fine harbour and its festive street life. You can read more about Auckland at this site.