In the heart of premier restaurant precinct, Britomart, you'll find the Northern Steamship Co. - the flagship drinking establishment of the area and one of largest Mac's Brew Bars in the city. The prestigious 130-year-old heritage building is the former hunting ground of steamship owners, captains and merry men from across the country. The bar itself hasn't been around quite as long, opening its doors in 2006, but as far as the life span of a bar - it's doing pretty well.
As well as the perfect watering hole for neighbouring businesses, the bar is only a stones throw away from Vector Arena, making it the quintessential pre or post gig drinking location. An abundance of inviting couches, booths and tables make up the majority of the large space and there's also the added bonus of a street-side outdoor area to soak up the sun or to indulge in some people watching. Inside, your eyes will be treated (or perhaps offended) to a decoration explosion, a typical find in Mac's bars, including enough hung picture frames and upside-down lampshades to sink an actual steamship. But at least the sizeable drinks menu will help you forget all about it. Two pages of local and international wine varieties are on offer, plus a good number of cocktails (including a shout out to West Auckland featuring bourbon, triple sec and L&P) and nine taps of regular Mac's brews. They even take it a step further and specifically match each beer to the gastropub style dishes on the menu.
A generous selection of vegetarian options are available including udon noodle soup ($15.5), wild mushroom risotto and the lentil and chickpea burger with grilled haloumi ($19.5). That rounds out a trio of burgers, which also come in spiced chicken ($21.5) and umani angus beef ($22). For the carnivore, hearty slabs of angus beef come in three cuts starting at $27.5 for a 350g savannah to a 300g sirloin ($30.5) and 250g of scotch fillet ($31.5). To help you burn off all that beef, a rotating roster of DJs keep the dance floor jumping right through in to the wee hours, when no human should really be awake.