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MASU BY NIC WATT

International Chef Nic Watt brings atmosphere, passion and a contemporary twist to the traditional Japanese robata style of cooking over an open charcoal grill at MASU.

Set menu $65 per person.
Mention Comedy at MASU when booking to receive this special 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

 

MEZZE BAR

An icon in the city for 21 years, Mezze Bar has been serving up tasty tapas and well-chosen wines to an eclectic army of customers who enjoy the casual yet colourful atmosphere – so it’s perfect appetiser for a night of comedy in the city. It has become the traditional watering and feeding spot for festivalgoers and culture vultures since it opened in 1992.

During the day the Mezze Bar is an oasis of relief from the city outside, with its home away from home ambience. All food is made on the premises – the cakes are especially good, and Miller’s coffee is extracted perfectly by well-practiced baristas. Be warned – it can get very busy so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your pre-show meal, or head down there afterwards instead.

Address: 9 Durham Street East
Hours: Mon to Thu: 7am – 11pm, Fri: 7am – midnight, Sat: 11am – midnight,
Sun: 11am – 10:30pm
Phone: 09 307 2029
Website: mezzebar.co.nz

 

THE MLC CAFE & BAR

Located in the historic MLC building, opposite the Q theatre, MLC Café and Bar features delicious pre-show dining and drinks. Watch as the hustle of the city go by and enjoy your meal filled with New Zealand’s freshest ingredients and a stunning selection of the country’s finest wines to match.

A two-course pre-show dinner menu is available for a fixed price of $29.90, 7 days a week after 5:30pm. It includes fresh snapper, mussels, and a superb range of local specialty A la Carte dishes. Fast, fresh, friendly and so close to your favourite Festival venue, the MLC Café and Bar is the perfect pre-show destination.

Address: 380 Queen Street
Hours: Open every day for breakfast, lunch & dinner
Phone: 09 374 1745 // reservations available
Email: mlc@scenichotels.co.nz

 

Q THEATRE CAFE & BAR

Q Theatre’s café and bar is a popular hangout spot when you’re on the go between comedy gigs. Open late every night during the Festival, Q’s bar becomes a destination where audiences and artists come together, a place you can share a drink or two with your favourite comic moments after seeing them on-stage!

Citizen Q is Q Theatre’s independently operated restaurant. For a complete night out, book a table and dig into an eclectic range of small plates, mains and desserts to make your mouth water.

Q Theatre’s café and bar is like no other in Auckland!

Address: 305 Queen Street
Hours: Mon to Fri: 8am – til late,
Sat & Sun: open 2 hours before show – late
Phone: 09 309 9771 // reservations available
Email: reservations@qtheatre.co.nz or visit qtheatre.co.nz

 

THE SUGAR CLUB

The Sugar Club is a chic and elegant dining experience with stunning views and a luxurious cocktail bar.

Three-course menu $59 per person.
Mention Comedy at The Sugar Club when booking to receive this special 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

 

TANUKI'S SUSHI & SAKE BAR

Tanuki Japanese Sushi and Sake Bar is an Izakaya style restaurant, located slap, bang next to a couple of our venues The Comedy Classic and Q Theatre. Izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed their customers to remain in store to eat while they were trying the sake. It’s huge in Japan and we love Sake at the Comedy Festival, probably a little too much!

If you’re looking for a quick, no hassle meal to fuel up before or after a show, Tanuki’s informal Japanese pub food could be just the ticket. Everything is made fresh and their delicious and traditional plates are perfect for sharing with friends (as is tradition at Izakayas).

Tanuki is the sake heart of Auckland, offering thirty different varieties – one for every taste and budget. If you’d rather bring your own wine, Tanuki is BYO on Sunday nights. Choice!

If you’re looking for a little more privacy, Tanuki also has a private function room. This room seats 35 people, offering a set menu and your very own waitress for the night.

Stop by for a delicious meal when you’re in the neighbourhood – you’ll become a local during the Comedy Festival for sure!

Address: 319 Queen Street
Hours: Tue to Sun: 5pm – 11pm, Thu: 12noon – 2pm (lunch)
Phone: 09 379 5353 // reservations available
Email: tanuki@sakebars.co.nz or visit sakebars.co.nz/booking

 

THE FED

Al Brown’s Federal Delicatessen is a bustling kitchen full of action and conversation like an old school Jewish Deli in New York.‘The Fed’ is all about informality, fun and generosity – no need for table cloths here as eating deli is a meal of spills.

Think hand-cut specialty meats, cured lox, rotisserie chicken, deluxe salads, dessert pie by the slice and more. There’s an eclectic wine list to match – all available by the glass. Perfect for dinner and a drink before the show or open late for cocktails after.

7am – late, 7 days a week. Kitchen open till 1am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Take out also available. No reservation needed.

Address: 86 Federal Street
Hours: Mon to Sun: 7am – late
(kitchen open till 1am Thu – Sat)
Phone: 09 363 7184 // no reservations
Email: hello@thefed.co.nz or visit thefed.co.nz

 

TOTO'S PIZZA

Toto’s famous pizza by the metre will be open before and during all Montecristo Presents comedy shows from Tuesday through till Sunday during the 2015 NZ Comedy Festival.

Conveniently located at 53 Nelson Street, above the Montecristo Room. Enjoy one of our comedy pizza and beer packages, then walk downstairs to watch the shows or simply wander to any of the other Comedy Fest venues within 10 minutes.

To pre-order or book your spot call (09) 302 2665 or go online; totopizza.co.nz

Address: 53 Nelson Street
Hours: Tue to Sun: 12noon – 9:30pm
Phone: 09 3022 665 // reservations available
Email: pizza@totopizza.co.nz