The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Spotlight on NZ Locals: Hidden hotspots

Austin Club

The Shout NZ is dedicated to supporting Kiwi locals and in the latest issue of the magazine we explored some of the coolest hidden or underground bars around the country.

Auckland: Sly
A proper prohibition-style speakeasy, Sly is influenced by the bars of New Orleans and Chicago and the work of film director David Lynch. With décor comprised of personal artwork and photographs, a solid mahogany bar and a stunning crystal chandelier, the atmosphere is a mix of grunge and glam. With a strong drinks menu and second-to-none service, the staff doesn’t take any of their customers for granted.
Signature cocktail: The Rhubarb Sour is their baby.
Number one food & drink pairing: They don’t do that ¬– go eat what you want and drink what you want!

Auckland: The Wine Cellar
An underground bar and music venue in the basement of St Kevin’s Arcade on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, The Wine Cellar is shabby, eclectic and intimate. Not too concerned with appearances, the team at The Wine Cellar is committed the creative community and offers an independent music experience like nowhere else.
Signature drink: Drinkable house wines and fine ales.
Number one food & drink pairing: Not so much a pairing, but a trip to The White Lady on the way home after the show is always a goer!

Wellington: Hashigo Zake
Hashigo Zake on Wellington’s Taranaki Street aspires to be a haven from the Wellington weather, from the chaos of the street, and from bad beer. At sea level in the basement on a century-old building, the atmospheric underground location hosts superb music, comedy and a selection of fine beer, keeping the big, corporate brewers out.
Signature drink: Whatever is fresh, hoppy and on tap.
Number one food & drink pairing: Imperial Stout with a brisket, bock and blue cheese pie.

Christchurch: Austin Club
A late night speakeasy cocktail bar in the basement of a building on Christchurch’s CBD, Austin Club is a hideaway for Cantabrians where the spirits run high and drinks never run dry. Themed from the post-war 1946 period, this small space transports you to a place of celebration with sensational cocktails, experienced staff, live comedy and jazz.
Signature cocktail: The Romance of Film collection of 10 house cocktails inspired by 10 films of the 1950’s – including Alice in Wonderland (earl grey gin, dry curacao, lemon,
honey, angostura bitters) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (vodka, lime, blueberry,
citrus zest).

Originally published in the May issue of The Shout NZ. Read the full issue below…

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