See why this inner-city hideaway has caught our special attention.
One-hundred-and-fifty-year-old buildings are few and far between in Auckland’s CBD – when you stumble across one, you can’t help but feel you’ve happened upon a gem of sorts. Originally a 19th-Century warehouse, this Durham Lane hideaway transitioned into a jazz bar, and now the pub is one of Auckland’s oldest commercial buildings boasting an impressive selection of craft beers. This is The Bluestone Room – appealing as much for its central city location and modern sensibilities as it is for its old-world vibe and warming ambience.
Upon entering, its stone floors, exposed native Kauri beams, bare volcanic walls and rustic finishings evoke an industrial vibe. Home to Auckland’s oldest well, a peek into the still crystal clear water provides obvious reasoning for the building’s category-one historic status – this is a place that has been lovingly maintained and restored, providing a rare glimpse into an Auckland of centuries past.
Upstairs, away from the rush of the bar, the establishment’s function room can seat up to 180 guests. Catering to those in the mood for plentiful feasting, the onsite menu features a versatile mix of uncomplicated offerings: fresh, locally sourced produce garnished with classically appealing extras.
Spacious yet intimate, this space is high on our radar: its inner-city, loft-like feel lends itself fashionably to a pared-back take on glamorous styling. Our recommendation? Lush clusters of greenery, a discerning choice of florals and the loved-up glimmer of candle flames and fairy lights – that’s all this venue needs. Throw in some brass candelabras, and you have yourself a magazine-worthy setup.