Functions at The Cav

Step right up to The Cav, the beloved black sheep of Auckland’s upscale neighbourhood. Our deck dishes up city views that’ll knock your socks off, while the fireside inside serves up warmth better than your grandma’s homemade soup.

With the uncanny knack for transforming casual gatherings into memorable occasions, we’re the unrivalled choice for functions. Whether it’s a corporate soiree, a family shindig, or a celebration just because, we’ve got the space, the spirit, and the stunning views to make it an event to remember.


  • Maximum capacity: 400
  • Private bar
  • Live DJ / Band space available
  • Audio & visual set up
  • Ample Heating
  • Tailored event planner
  • Packages to suit every budget

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We’re all about rolling out the red carpet for after-work shindigs, full-throttle family bashes, or even your mate’s surprise 40th that he’s pretended he didn’t want (we know, he’ll thank you later).

The Cav packs a punch, accommodating up to 400 revellers, with a private bar to keep the drinks flowing. Got a live DJ or band in mind? We’ve got the space ready and waiting. Want to play that hilarious slideshow of the birthday boy in his younger years? Our audio and visual setup has got you covered. Worried about the chill? Don’t be. Our heating’s so good it’ll toast your socks.



Our Spaces

Full Venue

The Cav can be yours and yours alone if your special event needs that extra bit of privacy. Additional terms and conditions apply for a full venue hire but why not enquire for your own private piece of Ponsonby history.

Main Bar

At the heart of our beautiful venue is the open plan bar area, perfect for any social occasion. With multiple options for seating or standing – whether your party is small or large, you’ll have effortless access to beverages served up by our friendly staff. Our internal space is suitable for even the most discerning of social butterflies and is sure to provide a guaranteed fuss free, unforgettable time!


Looking for your own private setting for all kinds of events and occasions, our deck soaks up the afternoon sunshine. Featuring awesome views of Auckland CBD, high-top and low-top seating, tv screens and ample heating this is the perfect location for drinks and a bite and a special or corporate occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we allowed a band or DJ?

Yes. We encourage all large bookings to utilise our wide range of live entertainment options. We can supply acoustic and electric live performers, quizzes, comedy shows and much more. Alternatively, send us your unique playlist and we will load this up for your special occasion. Live entertainment is optional.

What time does the bar close?

We operate on an on-licence allowing us to trade between the hours of 8am to 4am daily. However, service of beverages is at the discretion of the manager on duty and our host responsibility policy will also apply. If a function/reservation requires a special licence, we can facilitate these applications, additional cost will be incurred

Can we decorate the venue?

Yes, decorations need to be set up by you on the date of your booking. Sellotape, glitter and confetti is not allowed. Good spirits hospitality doesnt take any responsibility for any decorations that are left up after your function has finished.

Can we bring our own alcohol & food?

Due to our on-licence we do not permit BYO beverage and food. However, you may bring in your own cake to celebrate those special occasions.

Can you cater to dietary requirements?

Yes, absolutely. At the time of enquiring and finalising the details of your function please let our team know of any dietary requirements so we can ensure they are catered for appropriately.

Is car parking available?

Yes, parking is available near the venue.

Are under 18s allowed in the venue?

Yes, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. From 9pm we have a strict in-house policy involving no minors on the premises

What forms of ID do you accept?

Only a NZ drivers licence, passport or Kiwi Access card are acceptable forms of ID. We do not accept photos or photo copies of the ID. We are legally required to ask anyone who looks under the age of 25 to present ID and if ID cannot be supplied then entry will be refused.

Can we do a subsidised bar tab?

Yes, no problem! You can specify the range of beverages available and a credit limit. You then set the subsidised per drink cost for your guests to pay, with the remaining beverage cost being deducted from your credit limit.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, smart/casual. No jandals, sportswear or hats after 9pm.

How will I receive my deposit back on the night?

On the night we will redeem your function deposit against the overall spend.

Can we pay on the night?

Your function deposit will need to be paid prior to your function, the balance will need to be paid on the night.

Cancellation Terms

Deposits will not be returned in the event of a no-show. At least 10 days notice of cancelation is required for a full refund on the deposit.