Once you’ve finished your meal at Café Hanoi, the ideal place to head for a nightcap is the neighbouring 1885 bar, designed by local architectural wunderkind Nathaniel Cheshire.
The space, another renovated heritage building (the name refers to the year it was built) has been fitted out in a style that could be described as industrial luxury – exposed brickwork, steel ventilation ducts and scarred plasterwork face off against kauri beams, rich leather and black velvet couches and a glowing, lit-from-within central counter. The towering bar, backlit and intermittently shielded with vertically slotted sliders, offers an impressive range of wines, spirits and beers. Restored warehouse doors open onto a long covered verandah and let in cool air during the summer.
The upstairs mezzanine floor is a quieter scene than the sometimes-frantic main bar, and is opulently furnished with standing lamps and recovered antiques. But the most exclusive space is the underground cocktail bar, where the owners even distill their own neutral grain spirits. The cocktail list is a mix of classic and 1885 signature drinks, and could easily keep you occupied right until closing time.
27 Galway St. Auckland Central, New Zealand. +649 551 3100 www.1885.co.nz