New openings: Auckland's newest hot spots

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Friday, 4 November 2016, 12:49PM

Need some new flavours, a new tipple or a change of scenery?

Here are five new places to enjoy a refreshing Spring day out. Some will become part of Auckland’s hospitality furniture and some are fleeting pop up treats.

1. Project Botanicals – Galatos Street

The first of our pop up bars and restaurants is Project Botanicals, a two-week, unique, shared dining event using cocktails, artistry and food to create a sensory experience at No 5 Galatos Street, Newton. You will meet new people, keen to experiment with their palletes. Bombay Sapphire’s ambassador Chase Bickerton and fine dining chef Michael Meredith have come together to create ten cocktails paired to ten dishes, each inspired by one of the ten botanicals found inside the mixture in the famous blue bottle. 

It’s more exotic than a Singaporean Gin Sling – the flavours include, juniper berries from Tuscany, coriander seeds from Morocco, liquorice from the grassy fields of China, bitter almonds from Spain and cassia bark from Indo‑China.

Book your tickets here. Open from the 9-20 November. R18.

2. Augustus Bistro

Augustus Bistro is the name of a new restaurant which will be the French/Mediterranean cousin of the famous SPQR on Ponsonby Road. SPQR owner, Chris Rupe, with his daughter Courtney and wife Meegan, are opening the new bistro in the 105-year-old Ponsonby Post Office.

Former Clooney executive chef, Des Harris, has been helping Rupe with the menu that will be reasonably priced and the town is abuzz about the new refit and space that will be created for eating, drinking and people watching. The outside courtyard will be the perfect place to enjoy the warmer weather.

You might think the name is related to a Roman Emperor – however we were corrected. The name is connected to the famous murder of "Augustus" the old post master of the building. This is the place to be and be seen this summer.

3. Pineapple

Just over a month ago, Pineapple on Parnell Road opened its doors and already has a huge fan base from the mid 20 year olds to the yuppies who enjoyed Parnell in its heady, decadent days of the 80s. The generations seem to thrive off each other. We won’t give you the address, but a hint is to look for the bronze pineapple door knocker. There you will find handsome Kiwi international man of mystery, Christopher Richwhite, who created the bar with the duo behind fellow Eastern suburb ventures 46 & York, down the road in Parnell and Meadow in Meadowbank, Dana Johnston and JP Schmidt. The huge Pineapple crowns behind the bar are something to behold.

Three Tips
1. Don’t be offended if you have to wait a while to get in – everyone does.
2. Smart dress is mandatory – collar for the gents.
3. Using your smart phone in the bar is frowned upon – that includes selfies.

4. Thank Krug it’s 5 o’clock

Thank Krug It’s 5 o’clock is back for its second year. One of the world’s best-rated Champagne houses, with fabulous eateries across the city, Krug has teamed up again to redefine casual after work drinks with #TKIF. It is a luxury splash out which makes for the perfect first date.

Taking place from 5pm every weekday throughout November and December, #TKIF provides the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a flute of Krug Grande Cuvee along with exciting food pairings in 3 select locations around the the city.

The Grove, Auckland, $65 by the flute. Among the Food matches: - Chawanmushi with sturgeon caviar, new season’s petis pois.
Seafarers, $60 by the flute. Food match: - Whitebait fritter with black sesame kimchi and aioli
Ostro, $60 by the flute. Food match: - Whitebait fritter with black sesame kimchi and aioli

5. Cloudy Bay Sail Away at 46 & York

Cloudy Bay is inviting Aucklanders to sail away and enjoy a moment of escapism with their third pop-up restaurant ‘Cloudy Bay Sail Away’ at 46 & York in Parnell. The Cloudy Bay pop-up is open until 16 November and includes a completely new fit-out for the iconic Parnell establishment, (very stylish, breezy and cool) an exciting array of food and wine pairings and an exclusive release of Cloudy Bay back vintages available for guests to enjoy.

Foodies will love Cloudy Bay Sail Away which features a bespoke four course tasting menu using the best seasonal produce, matched to the current Cloudy Bay vintages, along with an inspired tapas menu, both designed by up and coming chef and restaurateur, Sam Mannering.

We recommend the 2011 Chardonnay (yes Chardonnay) with a dozen oysters – superb.

Photos / Instagram.