Auckland Beer Guide Updated Dec 2014

Hankering after a craft beer on tap in Auckland? You’re in luck – check out the places below to satisfy your thirst. This list was written by Kate. You can find her new blog at

Hugh also made this great map: (updated 29 July 2013)

Please note: I’m working my way through these bars to get photos and reviews up. Please feel free to send any corrections or additions to


This small but warm freehouse is a great new addition to the Viaduct. It’s located right next door to the artistic ASB building near Silo Park. They recently expanded to 19! beers on tap and an excellent bottle collection. I haven’t had any of their food but I’m told it’s good. They are well worth a visit. 10-26 Jellicoe St.

No longer the new kids on the block, Andrew Andrew is bringing craft beer to the regulars of the Viaduct – and drawing in some people who’d never normally consider going there.
Six taps, mix of regulars and guest. Medium-sized bottle range.
Princes Wharf, next door to Lenin

A little bit corporate and a little bit casual, Brew on Quay’s main attraction is its large bottle range and very good bar food. They are now a full freehouse too! Eight taps, and a large bottle range.
102 Quay Street, Corner of Quay Street and Britomart Place

The Brewery Britomart
Sadly, this great pub closed in February, 2013. Sorry to see it go. It was great while it lasted. It’s replacement “The Crown” still brews their own beer, but mostly it’s Lion beers.

Brother’s Brewery
A relatively new addition to a blooming Auckland craft scene, Brothers Brewery is like hanging out in your cool neighbour’s garage. Funky 2nd hand couches plus some larger sturdy tables make this a comfortable place to be. Huge bottle range including imported beers plus 18 taps. Beers brewed on site.
Shed 3, City Works Depot, Wellsley St.

Coco’s Cantina
I would call this more of a restaurant than a bar or pub. But any place that serves Galbraith’s Munich Lagar and West Coast Pale Ale (on the night we visited) deserves a mention. The food was delicious too. Short menu printed on their website but the daily specials are not to be missed. I just wished the lights were turned up – I did want to see my food.
376 Karangahape Road, Newton

Small and intimate, Corner Bar has Moa on tap and a range of bottled beers. They also have an great range of wine and cocktails if you’re looking for a ‘compromise’ bar when taking out non-beer-drinkers.
Two Moa taps, en Epic and Tuatara tap, and a small bottled range.
Corner Shortland and High Streets

Deep Creek Bay
 Deep Creek Brewing has become a Mecca for craft beer-lovers on the North Shore. The beers are tasting great, the food looked amazing and it’s blessed with a very good location with one end facing onto Browns Bays main street and the other facing the playground and beach – an ideal spot in summer!
Four Deep Creek beers on tap and two guest taps.
111 Clyde Road, Browns Bay

Fort Street Union
<<still researching – early report says ‘a lonely Moa tap’ among some mainstream>>
16 Fort Street, CBD

Glabraith’s Ale House
An Auckland institution, I’m not even sure I need to mention Galbraiths. Their casks beers on tap are wonderful, the guest taps are graced with some amazing brews and there’s a lovely atmosphere in this former library. And the food is good too!
Eight house beers on tap, with five guest taps. Medium-large bottled range.
2 Mt Eden Road, Eden Terrace

Golden Dawn
Through Golden Dawn’s inconspicuous door lies a range of Hallertau beers on tap (and you can get it in jugs), nice staff and an awesome courtyard. While nice and relaxed in the afternoon and week nights, on weekends it can get really busy, crowded and the line can be a bit of a wait.
Corner of Ponsonby and Richmond Roads – I feel a bit more description is needed – stand on the corner with the t-shirt shop and walk along the brick wall down Richmond Road until you find a completely unmarked green door. Honest, there’s a bar in there.

Well worth the drive, Hallertau is out Riverhead way. Amazing, mouth-watering food and beer to match – they have their house beers on tap and a couple of guest taps.
Seven house beers on tap, with a guest tap. Plus, Liberty Brewery is now also located on site. So your chances of getting a lovely fresh Liberty brew on tap have gone up.
1171 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Riverhead.

Some of the rotating beers at Lumsden Freehouse

Lumsden Freehouse  broke free of the big brewery chains over a year ago now, becoming a craft beer destination in Newmarket. Lots of seating inside and out. 12 taps with rotating beers, a good bottle range and knowledgeable staff. 448 Kyber pass Road

My Bar

This tiny pub is a new addition to the busy Vulcan Lane area.  Around the block from Vulture’s Lane on High St., this great little place has 4 local craft beers on tap and a good bottle selection. Friendly staff too.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVulture’s Lane (formerly known as O’Carrolls)
O’Carrolls has thrown off its Irish bar persona and turning into a good ole craft beer bar – and looking all the much better for it. Plus, they make their own bacon!
16 taps plus 3 hand pull, mostly craft . Medium bottled range.
10 Vulcan Lane, CBD

Page’s Restaurant & Bar
While this could be ‘just another Moa bar’, the food makes it worth a look. The beer list just has international swill and Moa on tap.
One Moa beer on tap. Moa in bottles.
460 New North Road, Kingsland

Number 1 Queen Street This glass box of a cafe across the street from Britomart is a lovely place in the summer. All outdoor seating, the cafe has 4 craft beers on tap and a small selection of bottles. They have a facebook page but no dedicated website.

Sweat Shop Brewbar (formerly Sale St)
Mostly Montieth’s beers buthas a 500 litre brewery on site that produces 3 of their own brews. Great for big groups and on summery afternoons, with a relaxing outdoor area.
Three house beers on tap.
7 Sale St, Freemans Bay

SkySport Grill
The largest selection of craft beer on tap in downtown Auckland, featuring Epic, Moa, and Tuatara. Nice on quieter nights, rather than big game nights.
Twelve craft beer taps and continually improving
Viaduct Basin, Auckland CBD
Visit their Facebook page

Speakers Corner
<<researching, but I’ve got a source who says they have two or three taps, with Galbraiths and Fullers and have reasonable prices>>
7 Anzac Road, Browns Bay

Wine Cellar / Whammy Bar
<<two craft beer taps, as well as a cider tap, if you’re that way inclined>>
St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road

Many thanks to Kate for the original write up. If you find yourself in Melbourne, look her up at (tbd). She may point you towards the best craft beer Australia has to offer.


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