Pubs near Mt Smart Stadium – Our Top Picks

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Where to Find the Best Bars near Mt Smart Stadium

Doolan Brothers (Ellerslie)

Heading to a concert at the iconic Mt Smart Stadium? Make a stop at the famous Doolan Brothers traditional Irish pub in the quirky Penrose suburb. Perfect for those summer evenings where you can relax outdoors with a cold beer. Doolan Brothers is one of the best pubs near Mt Smart Stadium.

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1 Minute walk to Ellerslie train station, so no need to fret about how to make your way there.  This place is lively, but has areas tucked away that offer privacy if you want to have a good old yarn with some friends whilst enjoying a glass of wine. 

Doolan Brothers caters for all taste buds when it comes to eat and drinks, so you won’t be left disappointed.

Phone:                    (09) 522 4410


Location:                 3 Robert St, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand, 1051

Opening Hours:     
Mon – Thu    11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat       11am – 12am
11am – 10pm

The Claddagh Irish Pub

Located on Broadway Street at the heart of the Newmarket hub, you will find The Claddagh Irish Pub. With the train station only minutes away, it’s a great place to stop if you’re making your way to Mt Smart Stadium to a concert or rugby game, or just heading into Auckland Central. Claddagh offers traditional Irish meals like Bangers & Mash and the famous Irish Guinness steak pie. 

If you want to get a few mates together, they have a function room available for hire which features a big screen TV for the sport enthusiasts. 

On Friday evening you can enjoy the sounds of some live Irish and Kiwi music.

Phone:                    (09) 522 4410


Location:               372 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand, 1023

Opening Hours:     
Mon & Tue   3pm   – 10.30pm
Wed             3pm   – 12am
Thu              12pm – 12am
Fri & Sat      12pm – 3am
Sun              12pm – 12am

Horse & Trap

Located in the heart of Mt Eden and renowned for winning numerous awards such as Best Pub Quiz Auckland and Spirit, to name but a couple. Horse & Trap offers an indoor and outdoor flow for those impromptu get togethers with family, friends, and colleagues, and is conveniently located only a few minutes drive to Mt Smart Stadium. 

It offers a kid friendly menu and environment with a menu to suit everyone. They cater for private functions where you will get the friendly service you would want for any occasion.

Add this to your list of places to visit if you pride yourself in being quite the beer connoisseur, with a monthly guest beer tasting for you try.

Phone:                 (09) 630-3055


Location:             3 Enfield Street, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, 1024

Opening Hours:     
Mon – Thu  11:30am – 11pm
Fri & Sat     11:30am – 12am
Sun             11:30am – 11pm

Union Post

For those who have been around long enough, this was the original Post Bank in its earlier years. The Union Post offers and extensive range of cold beverages and food for those feeling peckish or for those feeling hangry. 

If you’re looking to host a private function, whether it be a sit-down dinner or something of a more casual setting, this area offers a courtyard, TV, and fireplace. 

In the cooler months you can cosy up and indulge in a glass of mulled wine or two in this lovely establishment in the famous suburb of Penrose.

Phone:                    (09) 579 2303 


Location:                124 Main Highway, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand, 1051

Opening Hours:     
Mon – Thu    12pm – 10pm
Fri                11am – 12am
Sat               12pm – 12am
Sun              12pm – 10pm

Garrison Public House

Located within Sylvia Park’s dining district, you will have no need to worry about where to park. Garrison Public House offers meals of high quality in a spacious and vibrant atmosphere. Minutes drive away from Mt Smart Stadium, stop here for a quick bite before making your way to watch your favourite sport, or singer perform live in concert.

There are indoor and outdoor dining options, including function rooms to hire from the entire venue, and the outdoor alfresco covered courtyard during our warm summer months.  They can provide catering for 30-450 people, with no event too small or big for them.

And as part of the Joylab Rewards scheme, you could easily find yourself having your next meal on the house; that is Garrison Public House, so to speak.

Phone:                   (09) 573 1212


Location:              #60, Sylvia Park, 286 Mt Wellington Highway, Auckland, New Zealand, 1072

Opening Hours:     
Mon – Sun    12pm – 10pm

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The Zookeeper’s Son

Located 6 minutes from Mt Smart Stadium, The Zookeeper’s Son is a place to enjoy a cold brew with family and friends. They are renowned for the family who ran one of Auckland’s first zoos. 

This place offers food and drinks with the perfect roast meal served every Sunday, available all day.

Venue hires are available to cater events from 40-120 people, with the ultimate Rooftop garden to create that unique atmosphere with private bar, bathrooms, entrance access, and big screen TV’s.

Joylab Rewards available.

Phone:                    (09) 625 7550

Location:                715 Mount Albert Road, Royal Oak, Auckland, New Zealand, 1023

Opening Hours:     
Mon             3pm   – 9pm
Tue – Thu    12pm – 9pm
Fri & Sat     12pm – 12am
Sun             12pm – 9pm

The Flying Moa

Located in East Auckland, The Flying Moa, named after a volcanic peak of Maungarei, is where you can come and enjoy a meal and drink before heading to a game at Mt Smart Stadium, or after a day shopping at Sylvia Park. And what better way to unwind!

Their food can be described as “East meets West”, catering for any taste bud. 

Why not earn while you spend at The Flying Moa? You can earn $1 reward for every $10 you spend, which can be used at +20 other restaurants, pubs & bars around Auckland.  Check it out.

Phone:                    (09) 570 2800


Location:               65 Lunn Avenue, Mount Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand, 1072

Opening Hours:     
Mon – Wed   12pm – 10pm
Thu               12pm – 11pm      
Fri & Sat       12pm – 12am
Sun              12pm – 9:30pm

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