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“Surprisingly Good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stark's Cafe & Bar

Stark's Cafe & Bar
Ranked #1,289 of 2,198 Restaurants in Auckland
Price range: US$1 - US$35
Cuisines: New Zealand, Cafe
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, After-hours, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Stark's Café and Bar has a new team, a fresh look and the doors are open to offer daytime and showtime treats. Daytime Stark's is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am and Saturday from 4.00pm. Drop by in the morning for Caffe L'Affare coffee and breakfast bite. Make your business meeting a little more interesting with a cup of tea from a vintage cup and saucer and a sweet treat. Enjoy the lunchtime cabinet selections from filled baguettes, croissants and bagels to the lunch dish of the day. Showtime Stark's is a place to meet - after work, before a show or when you're winding down your night. There are some special cocktails on the menu and the team are working hard to make Stark's a great place to visit. Stark's will remain open late and during weekends if there is a show at The Civic.
Dunedin, New Zealand
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203 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Called in here on a wet afternoon after a show for teas & coffee and were pleasantly surprised. The tea arrived in old English china cups with silk teabags, the coffee was well made and the date scones very fresh and light. Lovely staff also. Had the Goldilocks factor - just right!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fantastic bar staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

they know their cocktails...highly recommended for a quick stop before a show or just a civilised after work catchup with colleagues

Visited February 2011
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New Zealand
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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great place to drink, great friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

Near the Civic where show's such as Mamma Mia Perform, the staff are great and welcoming with no doubt, a good friend of mine introduced me here. I'd say it would be an Expresso Cafe and Champagne Bar.


An interesting history this unique place has actually. Starks is named after Freda Stark who danced in just a shimmering veneer of gold paint at the Civic in the 1940s, (apparently the American troops used to book the entire venue when she was performing), it's a thoroughly versatile spot that demands a second look. Inside is an art deco homage to Freda, and the whole interior is decked out in lustrous gold paint. With Auckland's most stunning theatre sitting above, Stark's role as a champagne bar that makes perfect sense. Bubbles punctuate the cocktail list, and there's a list of eight champagnes of various vintages that are probably pretty popular when The Civic hosts a red-carpet event. On the beer front Monteiths flies the local flag, while Budvar and Kronenbourg add a Euro touch that fits well with the cosy heritage space inside. With moody lights and a stunning bar, inside it's not too difficult too imagine you're in somewhere like Prague and Paris. Your right in the centre of Quenn street and can be loud etc but a place to hang if you dont mind the nightlife all around.

Open 11:30 - 11:00pm, 7days.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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