Winter is getting a bad wrap at the moment, but for those who aren’t deterred by the cold, there is some pretty cool stuff happening in Auckland and Wellington during the nippier months.
From now until 30th September, swing into Wellington’s hidden cocktail hangout Concrete Bar to enjoy the lion’s share of winter blues escapism. Get whiskey’d away into the Glenlivet Concrete Jungle – a private greenhouse perched on Lambton Quay, camouflaged amongst an oasis of luscious greenery.
Grab a wild cocktail upon arrival before digging into a veritable feast of whipped garlic and olive tapenade, baked camembert, chutney, and mains of calamari, charred coconut cauliflower, fried chicken and beef kebabs. The toughest decision of the night will be choosing from four specially crafted cocktails including the Ultimate Old Fashioned, The Glenlivet Royale, Packs a Peach or a Hot & Lively. After navigating that delicious labyrinth of aperitifs, a final flourish of cinnamon sugar donut bites, cheesecake bites and salted caramel sauce will top off your best experience to date of going bush.
Sled further north into Auckland’s Dr Rudi’s – a wonderful place this winter to enjoy two hours of cocktails, platters, and natters in its Winter Wonderland Igloos. A delicious selection of cold cuts, olives, cheese, chutney, and crackers will meet you on arrival, followed by a delightful dessert of creamy vanilla bean ice cream with your choice of yummy sauces. Housed on the Viaduct daily from now until 20th September, places are limited so grab the crew and book your spot now.