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April - May 2015

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BELLOTA BAR DE TAPAS Y VINOS

Join us at Bellota, an authentic Spanish tapas bar with a menu designed by internationally renowned chef Peter Gordon.

Purchuse two tapas and get the third free*
Mention Comedy at Bellota when booking to receive this special offer.
Available from 4.30pm - 6pm.

Make sure your stomach-ache is from laughing too hard and not because you're hungry. Enjoy our tasty selection of pre- and post-dining offers during the Comedy Festival.

Plus, spend $40 or more when dining and get discounted parking at SKYCITY Auckland on the day of dining - only $5 for the first hour and $2 for each additional (or part) hour.

For more details and to book call 09 363 6000 or visit skycityauckland.co.nz/comedyfestivaldining

 

BESOS LATINOS

Nestled at the very back of the quaint Elliott Street Stables is a treasure trove of authentic Latin American gourmet delights. Besos Latinos – ‘Latin Kisses’, a romantically filled and enchanting promise that is delivered to the lips in every morsel. Softly lit by fairy lights and candles, the old brick interior is added to by a feast of colourfully spicy and original murals by Mexican artist Cecilia Mijangos. Her inspiring interior design equals the food for its authenticity and uniqueness. Enormous flower arrangements add drama in the curved recesses and add an air of surrealism when mixed with the eclectic collection of Latin American folk art.

There is so much ambiance within the walls of Besos Latinos that initially the senses are overwhelmed as you feel you are being transported to another country. It certainly seems as if Auckland is a distant city as finer details materialise into the larger landscape of the airy space.

To compliment these there is a great range of local and South American wines, beers and the best Latin cocktails to be found in New Zealand. Bar Manager, Fernando Gru, is described by Luis as the Rock Star of Cocktails. He shakes, crafts and pours tantalising margaritas, piscos and caipirihas individually to the guests’ requests.

Open Tuesday to Sunday:
Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – late

Elliot Stables, at the back (Shop M16), 41 Elliott Street
Phone: 09 303 0217
Website: besoslatinos.com

 

THE BOTANIST

The Botanist is an oasis in the city. We’re a green island in a concrete ocean. Inside, join us for food, drinks, plants and flowers while outside we are central to some of the greatest comedy venues around.

Both an eatery and a florist, you can shop and dine in all in one. We are open 7 days for lunch and brunch.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights we turn things up with DJs spinning vinyl and happy hours from 4 – 8pm, offering up $6 Peronis, $6 Matua wines and bar snacks from $8.

Our location has parking at the door and in close proximity is the orange Link bus stop. Please come in and join us for a meal in our little slice of paradise.

Address: City Works Depot (Shed 13), 90 Wellesley Street West
Hours: Mon & Tue: 7am – 4pm, Wed to Fri: 7am – late, Sat & Sun: 8am – 3pm
Phone: 09 308 9494
Website: botanist.co.nz

 

BROTHERS BEER

Worried that the show won’t be funny? That you won’t remember any good jokes to tell your mates? Brothers Beer offers Laughter Protection Insurance in the form of fine lagers, ales and stouts.

We’ve more than 200 beers to choose from, including 6 of our own creations brewed on-site.

Show your Comedy Fest ticket on the day of the show and enjoy a beer and a thin-crust pizza for only $20. Our convenient location in the City Works Depot offers parking at the door, an orange Link bus stop outside and a short walk to some of the best comedy venues. So stop by and grab a beer and a bite on your way to the show.

Bikes, kids and pets encouraged.

Address: City Works Depot (Shed 3D), 90 Wellesley Street West
Hours: Mon to Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Phone: 09 366 6100
Email: brothersbeer@xtra.co.nz

 

EL FARO SPANISH RESTAURANT & TAPAS BAR

El Faro is a Spanish inspired restaurant and tapas bar with an intimate and eclectic atmosphere, nestled in the cobblestoned combined eatery that is Elliott Stables.

Stop in, order up a selection of tapas, a pot of mussels to share, and a jug of sangria (or five!) and you’ll be away laughing, prepped and ready to go for a fun night of comedy! Or stop in for a late nibble and drink when you’re done giggling for the night.

Come and taste why El Faro has been Auckland’s numero uno for pre-show dining seven years in a row – with so many Comedy Festival venues just around the corner. Hora de fiesta!

Address: Elliott Stables (on the right), 39 Elliott St
Hours: Mon to Sun: lunch – late
Phone: 09 365 1111

 

ELLIOTT STABLES

Talk about a fancy food hall. In fact The Elliot Stables is much more than a fancy food hall – its sort of like a cluster of mini restaurants bouncing of each others energy and taste sensations.

Offering everything from Spanish tapas, Nigiri sushi, Italian bruschetta, German sausage, French creperies, Indian (Ela), South American (Besos Latinos) ,American BBQ house (Bonz Cajun) cuisines and to satisy your sweeth tooth they have a lovely Desserts restaurant. Then shop to your heart's content at Auckland's premier Whisky shop.

Since opening in 2007, Elliott Stables has become a popular place to visit, especially before or after a show. Located super close to the comedy plethora, Elliott Stables is the ideal restaurant environment to meet friends and pick and choose between a massive selection of delicious foods.

Centrally located behind the iconic Smith and Caughey’s building on Elliott Street, and only a short walk from The Civic, it’s the perfect place for meal before or after a show and is open early until late Monday to Saturday.

Address: 39 Elliott St
Website: elliotstables.co.nz

 

FOOD TRUCK GARAGE

If you’re after a quick and healthy meal that won’t break the bank, head to Food Truck Garage. Located in Auckland’s City Works Depot, the casual eatery has easy parking and is a short stroll to many of the venues including the Montecristo Room.

A fresh and healthy take on fast food classics, whether it’s a burger or a hotdog, and plenty of delicious salads too. There’s Hallertau beer on tap, Skinny Cocktails, wine by the glass, naturally sweetened house made sodas and frozen-yoghurt sundaes.

With an outdoor courtyard and seating for 70 inside, there’s plenty of room for groups big and small. If you’re in a real hurry just ring and order some takeaways – we’re here to help!

Address: City Works Depot (Shed 1) 90 Wellesley Street West
Hours: Mon to Sun: 11:30am – late
Phone: 09 973 2305 // reservations available (groups of 8 or more)
Website: foodtruckgarage.co.nz

 

THE GRILL BY SEAN CONNOLLY

Enjoy uncomplicated food in a relaxed atmosphere at The Grill including succulent pasture-fed meat specially selected from New Zealand's best producers.

Two-course set menu $50 per person
Three-course set menu $60 per person
Mention Comedy at The Grill when booking to receive this specail offer.
Must be seated between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

Make sure your stomach-ache is from laughing too hard and not because you're hungry. Enjoy our tasty selection of pre- and post-dining offers during the Comedy Festival.

Plus, spend $40 or more when dining and get discounted parking at SKYCITY Auckland on the day of dining - only $5 for the first hour and $2 for each additional (or part) hour.

For more details and to book call 09 363 6000 or visit skycityauckland.co.nz/comedyfestivaldining

 

GUSTO CUCINA & BAR AT THE GRAND

Rustic and true Italian values, Gusto at the Grand showcases simple food, classic flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients.

Two-course set menu $45 per person
Three-course set menu $45 per person
Mention Comedy at Gusto and the Grand when booking to receive this special offer.

Make sure your stomach-ache is from laughing too hard and not because you're hungry. Enjoy our tasty selection of pre- and post-dining offers during the Comedy Festival.

Plus, spend $40 or more when dining and get discounted parking at SKYCITY Auckland on the day of dining - only $5 for the first hour and $2 for each additional (or part) hour.

For more details and to book call 09 363 6000 or visit skycityauckland.co.nz/comedyfestivaldining

 

KURA JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Kura Japanese Restaurant has modern style Japanese food with a fusion twist. Situated amongst the Comedy Hub of Auckland, Kura can be found underground in an old grain silo (Kura means ‘warehouse’ in Japanese). The silo dates back to Auckland’s early days when the Waihorotui creek flowed down Queen Street valley. Its original purpose is still made obvious by the large stonewall that supports Queen Street and creates an impressive backdrop for the works of art which their Japanese chefs create and creates a unique Japanese eating experience.

Besides sushi, they delight in taking Japanese dining further, offering specialty dishes such as their famous Bridge Rolls and Spider Rolls (deep-fried soft-shell crab sushi!). Kura also has Japanese beer on tap, and a wide range of sake to choose from. They also offer a small but special menu for lunches on Thursdays and Fridays, 12-2pm. A midday treat, why the hell not!

Come down the stairs and visit Kura before you go to your next show. It’s definitely worth the visit.

Address: 315 (basement) Queen Street
Hours: Mon to Sat: 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Fri: 12 – 2pm (lunch)
Phone: 09 379 5656 // reservations available
Email: kura@sakebars.co.nz or sakebars.co.nz/booking