Where to find the best cocktails in Queenstown

29th March 2019

It’s a simple equation: Holidays = cocktails. 

As Queenstown experts, our MajorDomo local gurus have taken it upon themselves to find the best cocktail bars in Queenstown, so we are here to share our expert local opinion on where to find the best cocktails in Queenstown.

Reds Bar

This spot is well worth the short 5-minute stroll from the town centre to find it!  With the biggest back bar collection in town, and possibly the best lake views of any bar in the area, Reds is an absolute a hidden gem, high up on the 6th floor of The Rydges Hotel.  But don’t let the whole “hotel bar” thing put you off – this bar has stacks of character and mixologists who are masters of their craft.  Our top tip is to put your faith in the staff – complete one of their design your own cocktail flavour cards, and the team will custom create you a drink to suit your taste buds.  Trust us, they’re delish.  Reds is a perfect spot for enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail and watching the sunset from it’s elevated position, and our top choice for a tipple or two before dinner.

Pair with the perfect Queenstown luxury accommodation: Bellbrae

Eichardts Bar

For a little taste of historic Queenstown, Eichardts Bar is a great choice – the establishment first opened it’s doors in 1867.  Elegant and refined, it has a great ambience with a cosy fireplace, warm service and a stylishly finished space.  The cocktail list will make your mouth water, and if you fancy a little bite to accompany your drink, the tapas dishes on offer are a delicious light option to snack on.  As with the other bars on our shortlist, the staff are utterly professional and knowledgeable about the cocktails on offer, and each drink is served with a smile.

Pair with the perfect Queenstown luxury accommodation:  Eichardts

Little Blackwood

This cosy little nook is a romantic hot spot with a great cocktail list.  Claiming themselves as “Queenstown’s best cocktail bar” boldly on their website, they might just be right.  Made with love, the cocktails on offer here are a varied selection of old classics and inventive new concoctions.  Situated in Steamer Wharf, this lakeside bar is a great spot to sit outside and people watch as the crowds wander past.  Little blackwood is also a great spot for live music, so if you like your cocktails served with a side of some local acoustic talent, this bar is the one for you.

Pair with the perfect Queenstown luxury accommodation:  Queenstown Heights

The Bunker

Smack bang in the centre of town, in a location that you’ll only find if you know where to look for it, Bunker is an intimate after-hours lounge, serving premium cocktails. Whether you prefer the cosy interior space or the outdoor deck with open fire pit, The Bunker is a primo locals secret spot that is too good not to share.  On weekend nights, it’s a great late night cocktail option for an after dinner treat.

Pair with the perfect Queenstown luxury accommodation: Braeside

The Lodge Bar

This little lakefront boutique bar has been stylishly put together, and the cocktail list crafted to the same high standard.  The cocktail menu has been created by a chef, and the expertly paired flavours are, to put it simply, yummy.  Our favourite spot is outdoors, under one of their gorgeous blankets, watching the masses wander past and listening to local buskers who often play close by.  In winter months, the open fireplace will keep you nice and toasty.

Pair with the perfect Queenstown luxury accommodation: Ladena

In Queenstown, cocktail bars are in abundance, but if you fancy trying your hand at shaking and straining, why not try becoming your own bartender?  For a unique in-villa experience to enjoy from your luxury vacation rental, MajorDomo can arrange for an expert mixologist to come to your villa and run a cocktail masterclass – perfect for a special occasion or one-of-a-kind experience. Perhaps you’ll find the best cocktails in Queenstown in the comfort of your own private villa!  Get in touch for more details.

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