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Best for Tapas


One of the best things about going out for drinks with friends is the excuse to order Tapas. These delicious bite size snacks are what keep energy levels up and drunken mishaps to a minimum (everyone knows you should never eat on an empty stomach)! Here are a few of the Nations top spots for Tapas…

Gypsy Tea Room, Auckland

This rustically chic Grey Lynn bar serves a delicious range of bar snacks to keep you socialising through to the wee hours. Soak in the atmosphere and keep the Spanish treats coming all evening – the risotto balls with aioli are divine!

Bonita, Auckland

Ponsonby Road’s Bonita has an appetising selection of Tapas to accompany their extensive wine list. The pan fried prawns are to die for, as are the meatballs, and the spiced almonds…you get the picture.

Iguaçu, Auckland

Iguaçu have just launched an amazing new Tapas menu full of unique options such as Brussel sprout crisps with a sweet paprika & Arancini rice balls with mushy peas, white truffle oil & taleggio cheese.

Havana Bar, Wellington

Nestled in the cosy cottages of Wellington’s Wigan Street, this Cuban bar is perfect for those savoury late night treats. You can choose between olives, stuffed pepperdews, anchovies, pork skewers and many more delicious dishes, all without having to leave the comfort of New Zealand!

Vivio Enoteca Cucina, Wellington

This wellington favourite has over 35 dishes to choose from. Every plate is designed to be shared so it’s a great excuse to get a group of mates together (the more the merrier as they say) and work your way through the tapas as well as their delectable wine list!

Guilty, Queenstown

This court themed restaurant and bar has a simple but scrumptious selection of Tapas available. The Guilt-trip platter is great for groups and their lemon and peppered calamari is cooked to perfection.

Barakah, Dunedin

Situated in the heart of Dunedin’s Octagon, Barakah have quite possibly the best Tapas in Dunedin, this range of Moroccan plates is available throughout the day and late into the evening. Great for a chilled catch up with friends.


Editorial by Stevie Hopwood
11th April 2011

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  • tclyma

    Tapas are great but only if you go with friends that are adventurous eaters. Boring if they will only have fries and meat! I think Mondial in Grey Lynn should be in this list as well.

    9:31AM, 2nd Dec 2011

  • saintstef

    One of the few genuine Tapa`s venues will be found at Almeida`s in Sumner Chistchurch. The Stella on tap and range of top local wines and a few Otago classics is a compliment to the chefs 100% quality local freshness policy. A very hip we spot. (Wakefield St.)

    9:37AM, 5th Dec 2011

  1. 455 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland City, Auckland
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  3. 242 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland City, Auckland
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  5. 32 Wigan Street, Te Aro, Wellington City, Wellington
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  7. 19 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington City, Wellington
  8. E
  9. 45 Ballarat Street, Queenstown Central, Queenstown-Lakes, Otago
  10. F
  11. 12 The Octagon, Dunedin Central, Dunedin City, Otago

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