Ponsonby is the most interesting, safe and relaxed area of the city.
Excellent as a base for other areas of the city, this historical neighborhood has more Victorian style houses than any other part of the Southern Hemisphere. It is the food area of Auckland and Aucklanders go there to dine. There are bars, restaurants, cafes, fantastic bakeries, sophisticated boutiques, funky shops & galleries and the area is proud to be “gay friendly”. A real bohemian environment.
Live music is from Wednesday to Sunday at various places.
We had a great night listening to acoustic music at One 2 One on Ponsonby Rd. and it obviously has a regular group of fans there. We dropped in for a drag show at Sister Dorothy’s. They danced onto the road so passers by stopped to watch. It was fun.
We had been returning from The Ponsonby, a beautiful, Victorian ex-post office where we had delicious plates of garlic mussles.
There are movies and songs about Ponsonby Rd, and even guided walks that tell of this colorful heritage. The Link Bus runs every 10 minutes so you can be at the Auckland Museum, the harbor or any other highlight of the city in a few minutes.
At one end of Ponsonby is Karangahape Road, once the red zone of the city, today owns the title for having the most edgy night life. Walking along this street is an interesting thing to do, and a link between Ponsonby Road and Queen Street and is a a walking route to the museum. We LOVED the museum. We are from Uruguay and there was even a bell from the “Achilles” that was in the battle of the River Plate”
Just a short walk down the hill from Ponsonby is Shanghai Lil’s, a bar & lounge themed on the mysterious and baroque 1930’s Shanghai. We had delicious cocktails listening to 80yr old Billy playing jazz piano. Mine was Madam Chang. It has an ecclectic collection of furniture which meant we all had a different type of chair to sit on. One was a carved, Chinese, black hardwood chair & my partner had an overstuffed armchair. One of Auckland’s special places.
We stayed at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel so all of this was in walking distance.
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