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Auckland Gay Bars

At the heart of one of the world's most liberal countries, Auckland has come into its own in recent years. Tourists flock to New Zealand for its natural beauty and are drawn to Auckland with its small but lively gay scene. It's popular with all sorts of people, keen to explore all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer. Its laid-back vibe is complete with picturesque café-filled streets, friendly locals, busy parks, and beaches including the unofficially nude Ladies Beach. The gay nightlife scene is spread throughout the city, with three main gay bars and plenty more gay-friendly places.


Apero Food and Wine

Gay Friendly, Food

Apero is the place to gather for delicious food and high-end wines. It's popular with the LGBTQ+ community, located on the infamous K Road. All sorts of people gather to enjoy an extensive wine menu and local dishes in a trendy setting. Grab a seat outside to watch the world go by and meet a diverse crowd of people.

Caluzzi Cabaret

Drag, Food

Auckland's original cabaret venue is always full of energy. It's known by everyone in the city for its uniquely fabulous dining experience, brought to you by legendary drag queens as your waitresses. With the best comedy shows in the city, you'll be laughing all night while you enjoy a meal from a high-end menu. Caluzzi brings you the best of food and performance that Auckland has to offer.

Cirque Electriq

Gay Friendly, Food

This circus-themed nightlife spot is a popular hangout for the LGBTQ+ community, offering a unique night out. It boasts numerous bowling lanes plus arcade games and even dodgems. There's all sorts of fun games to keep you entertained for hours. There is also a fully stocked cocktail bar and gourmet kitchen, combining all the best parts of an Auckland night out.

Family Bar and Club

Dancing, Drag

Family Bar is a truly inclusive bar where you'll find one of the biggest LGBTQ+ crowds in the city any night of the week. There's different entertainment on every night, from drag shows to karaoke. This is the place to let go and be unapologetically yourself. Enjoy plenty of drinks and take to the dance floor, right in the heart of the city and its lively gay scene.

G.A.Y Auckland

Cocktails, Dancing

Located on the lively K Road, at the heart of the gay scene, G.A.Y offers an energetic weekend night out that's popular with all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Expect high energy, late nights, loud music, and lots of drinks. Friendly staff serve your favourite cocktails, DJs keep the party going, and flamboyant drag queens provide the entertainment. G.A.Y is a home for everyone, and you'll always be made to feel welcome.


Gay Friendly, Food

Located in the trendy Ponsonby area of Auckland, SPQR is a long-running bistro and bar that is popular with the LGBTQ+ community. It's known for its delicious Italian dishes and international wines, offering a legendary menu that's perfect for brunch or an atmospheric evening meal. From classic pizzas and delicious cocktails to seafood and vegetarian dishes, SPQR has something for everyone.

The Eagle Bar

Cosy, Cocktails, Cruising

Eagle is the friendly local bar on K Road, with a laid-back vibe a diverse crowd. This is a place where all sorts of people gather of an evening, where you can choose your favourite music on the juke box and relax in a comfy space. Stop by at the start of the night to enjoy cocktails and expect the crowd to get cruisy as the night goes on.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Auckland

As an LGBTQ+ traveller, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming, with great value and maybe near to gay venues. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Check out GayMapper recommendations for gay friendly hotel deals in Auckland. Please support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!

Tours & Experiences in Auckland

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