The Kingslander is a timeless establishment located in the heart of Kingsland. It is a massive place, with a spacious indoor area downstairs cleverly divided into sections to segregate the crowd, accompanied by a small outside area. Additionally there is another area upstairs with a larger outdoor area. There are more TVs than beer taps in this place with the building generally having fantastic flow and more than enough amenities for the considerable patronage it is able to cater for.
We were there for an All Blacks game, which was being held at Eden Park and meant the bar was at capacity before kickoff. The pre-match meal consisted of classic pub food: a burger and chips - reasonably priced and sizeable. A better option next time may be to utilise the abundance of food outlets that are in close proximity. Anyway, the little ‘buzzer’ was ideal to signal my food was ready among the masses. Overall the service was great, especially considering how busy it was.
The atmosphere of the Kingslander manages to retain the buzz from the match day crowd on the street outside, which made for . There was a lot of friendly banter from the French fans, who were in high spirits despite the inevitable loss.
The Kingslander has splendid versatility: ideal for both viewing sporting events and watching live music upstairs. The diverse areas of space throughout the building enables patrons to have a barnstorming night, or alternatively, a quiet one amongst themselves.