May 11, 2018
Just up from the Garage, this intimate Ponsonby venue is another long and narrow space for late-night whisky and wine. Lime offers an easy vibe with music from Sinatra to Springfield and an older, sophisticated crowd who aren’t embarrassed about singing along when things get loud. The lack of room means it gets very packed when busy so it’s probably not the place to go if you want a romantic date or you have issues about personal space, and reports indicate that the level of service you get depends very much on who serves you, with occasional patrons saying it could be friendlier. Generally though, the bar staff are efficient and cope well with the crowds. It’s perhaps not the coolest of bars the music is definitely aimed at the more mature drinker rather than the cutting edge types but it attracts a fair amount of regulars, drawn by the unpretentious atmosphere and lively buzz. The cocktails are the drink of choice here; they’re well-made by staff who know what they are doing and there’s a decent choice on offer (Lime is regularly voted a winner in the best bars tables). Arrive early if you want to be sure of getting a seat even on weeknights, the compact space means it gets a little crowded as the evening wears on. If you do start to find the place pressing in on you, it’s well-located to take in the slew of other bars and bistros that Ponsonby Road offers now, so you can always pop in for a couple of quality cocktails before heading off to one of the nearby restaurants to grab a bite to eat.