If you’ve got a cheeky tinder date coming up, but are racking your brain about where to take the lucky lady/ fella, then never fear as we have put together a list of some of Auckland’s best bars to wine and dine that special someone or should we say that complete stranger! - You can thank us later!
Just putting it out there … If bars had tinder then these bad boys would certainly be super liked!
Transport your date to a magical world full of magnificent creatures, cocktails on tap and a menu that will give your date a run for their money. The latest addition to Ponsonby’s bar scene, Hoppers Garden Bar is built to impress, with their range of weird and wonderful drinks. Their range of craft beers will keep things exciting, while the Flight Coffee brewed espresso martini will give you that caffeine fix, so you can woe your date for longer. If you’re feeling adventurous, then swipe your way to Hoppers and trust us, you’ll be guaranteed a second date!
If you love dumplings (and who doesn’t) then XuXu dumpling bar is your spot! Get up close and personal in the intricate space, while you get to know one another over a delicious basket of dumplings - steamed or fried you’ll certainly both me left satisfied (In more ways than one).
No fear of having a dry mouth here, as their range of dumplings will keep you palate wet all night long and if you do need (god forbid) to make a dash for it, Britomart is just next door.
After something a little more flash? No worries, dress to impress and head to the ultimate tinder spot, Caretaker. The dimly lit bar adds mystery to your night, while their plush leather chairs will leave you feeling comfortable. You don’t have to panic when you ask what they want and your date replies ‘surprise me’, because remember there are professionals on hand who will create a beautiful connection based on your preferences. Then you can walk back to your seat, give a cheeky smile and deliver their drink in confidence.
If you’re wanting to test the waters and see what it would be like to holiday with your new bae then Talulah can give you the taste of paradise without the cost of a plane ticket. Ain't that sweet! The cocktails, served in tiki heads and coconuts will transport you to paradise, and soon you’ll forget that you’re on a tinder date and rather a holiday romance. Psst.. we’re going to let you in on a secret if you take your date to Talulah from Tuesday-Saturday between 4-7pm then you’ll get your cocktails for just $10. Makes paradise that little bit sweeter! So, sit back, relax and enjoy some tiki time together.
Now, if you’re after something more lively then the recently opened Holey Moley will have you sipping on lolly flavoured cocktails while putting a few holes (behave!). Show your competitive side as you take to the green to play the 27 themed golf holes, while live DJ’s provide the beats.
Capture the moment with the instagram-worthy backdrops, refuel on the jam packed food menu and drool-over the treats and your date of course. If you play your cards right, you could get a hole in one!