Taste Takapuna: Bedford Soda & Liquor

Takapuna's nightlife continues to get more and more lively, and our newest favourite place? Bedford Soda and Liquor at 21 Hurstmere Road.

Getting its name from that famous stretch of road that cuts though Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Bedford Avenue, owners and longtime friends Jeremy, Matt and Sam first conceived of the idea after visits to New York left them in awe of the city’s eating and drinking culture.

What makes Bedford unique in a place that offers a diverse bar and restaurant culture? They have plenty of craft beer for sure, but what makes Bedford Soda and Liquor truly special is their hand-crafted cocktail menu which is updated seasonally.

With offerings such as the "Second Amendment" made with Gunpowder Rum, white rum, watermelon, Aperol, orgeat syrup and lime and the "Strawberry Americano with Campari", sweet vermouth and a spiced strawberry shrub available in autumn/winter, and popular specialties such as the "Hawaiian Time", the bar’s most Instagrammed cocktail, served in a unique hand blown glass globe, as well as the "Daisy" selection of light gin, vodka and rum soda based cocktails which serve as refreshing flavour filled quenchers there's never a lack of choice at Bedford.

Although Bedford caters mostly to women that love cocktails and pretty drinks, they have a selection of meatballs and other American diner-style dishes that add to the New York feel: tailored to individual tastes, the write-on menu lets you choose your preferred combination of meatballs, sauce and under-balls with bases including pasta, mash, risotto and various salads, making it a great place for families too!

Bedford also offers a 10% discount for all local workers in Takapuna, so just let them know where you work when you drop in and they can offer you the discount!  Don't forget to ask for a 'local hookups' card to get even more freebies. What more could you ask for after a long work week?

Follow Bedford Soda and Liquor on Instagram @bedfordballers or visit their website www.bedfordsodaliquor.co.nz to see a full list of their offerings.