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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Auckland Nightlife

Boogie Wonderland

Unashamedly trashy, unpretentious and fun, it's frothy disco all the way in this basement-level dance club.

corner of Customs & Queen Sts., 011- 649-361-6093,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | cover charge | nightclub | dj | disco

Gypsy Tea Room

Hidden away in the impossibly bohemian West Lynn shops, the Gypsy offers eclectic charm, designer-disheveled décor, and an excellent wine list.

455 Richmond Rd., 011-649-361-6970
Tags: nightlife | trendy | patio | local favorite | wine

Nuffield Street Brew Bar

A stylish, modern bar serving a large range of on-tap beer from one of New Zealand's best-loved breweries; DJs and live music on the weekends.

23-27 Nuffield St., 011-649-523-4554,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | bar | dj

The Kingslander

While it can become a big booze barn whenever rugby's playing on the telly, the Kingslander is generally blessed with a friendly, unpretentious pub vibe.

470 New North Rd., 011-649-849-5777,
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | bar | bar menu | sports bar

The Occidental

Dating from 1870, this is one of the city's oldest and most atmospheric pubs, one of a chain of Belgian beer cafés taking over and lovingly restoring historic buildings.

6-8 Vulcan Ln., 011-649-300-6226,
Tags: nightlife | historic | patio | bar | bar menu

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