Voco Auckland City Centre has opened its rooftop food and beverage venue, Bar Albert – believed to be the highest rooftop bar in the country.

Located on the 38th floor of the hotel, the Bar Albert features Art-Deco inspired decor, open-air deck, private event space and sky-high views of the city.

Globally-recognised consultant Shane Giles from Blue Salt was consulted on the design of the bar, as well as the hotel’s other F&B concepts.

The food and beverage offering is inspired by the locality with signature gins and cocktails designed around Auckland Street names, including Eden Crescent, Napier Street, Chancery Street and Market Place.

Bar Albert champions locally-produced wine – from within a 50km distance – including Waiheke’s Man O War or Kumeu River Wines, as well as other New Zealand and international varieties. The bar also offers Matakana’s Sawmill Brewery on tap alongside Peroni, and alcohol-free drinks by East Imperial Tonics.

The food menu centres around small, sharing plates including pizzas, antipasto platter, pickled vegetables, artisan breads, dip and olives, small plates, and cheeses.

A joint partnership between Pro-invest Hotels and IHG Hotels and Resorts, voco Auckland City Centre opened in May and marked the brand’s entry into the New Zealand market.

The 201-room state-of-the-art hotel is part of a dual tower development that also includes the 294-room Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre.