Welcome to the Northcote Tavern
The Northcote Tavern has been part of Auckland’s North Shore since the 1800s. As you will discover in our history section, there has been a pub on the Northcote Point site since the 1850s.
160 years on ‘The Tav’ is still a place for people to have a drink and hang out with friends and enjoy themselves – as it has always been. But it is now so much more – sport, food, family and community are the key ingredients.
There’s still an historic feel about the place but we are now catering for the requirements of the modern community. At the Northcote Tavern you’ll find some of the best bars, dining spaces and outdoor areas in the country. At the same time you will feel like you are in an old English country pub.
Sport is important and our regulars love Callan’s Sports Bar (named after the pioneer who first established a pub here) with its big screens, betting facilities and 18 poker machines. Locals and visitors love the old-world charm of the Highlander Bar. Visitors say it is like walking back in time.
Our outdoor areas are also popular. We love the days when the sun is shining and we have families enjoying our hospitality with youngsters hanging out on the lawns and in the outdoor areas with other regulars and visitors. It’s a lovely atmosphere.
You can also enjoy Point Espresso, where locals and visitors can get great coffee, biscuits, cookies and other non-alcoholic drinks. We also have Nice Blocks – the natural and organic ice block brand that is hugely popular on warmer days.
The Northcote Tavern is more than just a pub. It’s a popular eatery, with our Point Bistro37 team providing some of the best pub food you will find anywhere – and they love pushing the boundaries and being creative with their dishes.
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The Highlander Bar & Eatery
The local community love the old-world charm of the Highlander Bar. Visitors say it is like walking back in time. You won’t find chrome, glass and tiles here. This is a lounge bar in the old sense of the word.
The Highlander features many interesting weapons, trophies, family shields and other Scottish goodies… it is little piece of Scotland in Auckland.
Our customers love to dine in The Highlander Bar and Eatery, enjoying the fantastic food from our Point Bistro37 menu. The bar in the Highlander matches the historic feel of the place with an impressive line-up of tap beers, wines and spirits, as well as bottled beer and non-alcoholic options.
In winter a hearty fire wards off the cold. Choose a comfy spot and your favourite drink and unwind after a long day while watching sport on the three big screens if that is your thing.
When the sun is shining the garden directly outside the Highlander Bar is hugely popular with friends and families. We love it when it is humming with people of all ages.
Callans Sports Bar
Sport is an important ingredient at Northcote Tavern and our regulars love Callan’s Bar, named after the pioneer who first established a pub here.
In this bar we have a number of wide screen TVs playing sport from all over the world. There’s also a TAB counter and 18 poker machines in a separate recently refurbished room just beside the main Callan’s Bar area.
In Callan’s Sports Bar you can enjoy great beers on tap as well as our complete range of bottled beer, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. You can also enjoy the fantastic food from our Point Bistro37 menu.
Callans Sports Bar is where mates love to meet!
Our outdoor areas continue to grow in popularity. We love the days when the sun is shining and we have families enjoying our hospitality with youngsters hanging out on the lawns and in the outdoor areas with other regulars and visitors. It’s a lovely atmosphere.
It is probably why the Herald’s Viva publication named the Northcote Tavern as one of Auckland’s five sunny spots to have a drink!
Locals and visitors love our Point Espresso at Northcote Tavern. It’s where they can get great coffee, biscuits, cookies and other non-alcoholic drinks are also available. We also have Nice Blocks – the natural and organic ice block brand that is hugely popular in the summer.
Point Bistro37 at Northcote Tavern
Our kitchen is now open with an exciting new menu.
Jake Morrissey is the experienced chef behind Point Bistro37 at Northcote Tavern and the great range of food on offer. Jake is a passionate foodie who loves nothing better than pushing the boundaries with traditional pub dishes. He’s developed quite a reputation for his food at the tavern. We put these questions to him just as he was opening his brand new kitchen at the tavern after a renovation.
Tell us about your background?
JAKE: I was born in Brighton, went to London at the age of 16 where I trained as a chef. I did a three year apprenticeship at Escargot Restaurant in Soho.
What brought you to New Zealand?
JAKE: Love. I met my wife – a Kiwi – in London and followed her back 15 years ago. We now have two kids, aged 10 and 14.
How long have you been at the Northcote Tavern?
JAKE: Since about 2012, so quite a few years ago since we established Point Bistro37 at Northcote Tavern. I met with the owners Billy and Kim when they were looking for a new food offering and the rest is history. I love it here.
I have opened kitchens at quite a few new pubs. Prior to this one I set up the Postman’s Leg in Glenfield and Citizen Park in Kingsland.
What do you love about the tavern?
JAKE: It’s honest. It is what it is – a good honest traditional pub that’s a popular part of the community.
You must be thrilled with the reputation you have established for your food at the tavern?
JAKE: Yes, this really goes hand in hand with the overall standing of the place. We are hitting the targets with the food – good, honest, home-cooked pub food that we push the boundaries a bit with. Our Sunday roasts are popular as they are in English pubs. Our pies are something special as well. We like to expand and experiment with our flavours and pastries.
You have a big new kitchen. What has been done?
JAKE: Billy and Kim built the kitchen when they bought the pub – around three decades ago. It really was overdue for a refit and we had outgrown it. We have three chefs and a team of 10 here now so we needed extra space. The increased work space means we can continue to push the boundaries more and be more creative.
PointBistro37 at Northcote Tavern – Open for Lunch and Dinner from 11am until 9pm 7 Days.
Functions & Events
The Northcote Tavern is home to many events. There is always something interesting going on. Many events are run by the tavern but we are also a great venue for appropriate events run by others. We love being part of our community!
We look forward to seeing you at the tavern!
People who love the Northcote Tavern – as featured in Channel Magazine.