Fort Lane

On December 8, 2011 by Eye on Auckland

Fort Lane comes of age.

It is easy to miss the Imperial Lane entrance on Queen Street but that makes it all the more fun when you do discover it. Imperial Lane is Auckland’s newest lane-way which joins Fort Lane with Queen Street. The Imperial Buildings used to be the home of two picture theatres but now the building plays host to likes of Louis Vuitton and Gucci, amongst others. A $13 million makeover has seen this building transformed into one of Auckland’s hippest hang outs, a place to be seen, to socialise and to enjoy. The Mebourne-style lane-way is home to three new establishments:


Located on the ground floor between Fort Lane and Imperial Lane, is a late-night cafe/coffee bar that turns into an oyster/tapas bar in the evenings. We love the chairs and tables outside along Fort Lane, the chic Industrial touch, the spiral staircase and the raw elements of the building’s structure.


What is left of the 1911 Queen’s theatre’s ornate plastered ceiling is part of Everybody’s bistro/bar that opens on to an internal courtyard. We love the exaggerated lighting, the booth seating, the large sofa on the mezzanine level, the hanging gardens and the Art Deco/Victorian inspired bar.


Next door to Everybody’s, in the former theatre space which became the Roxy in 1929, is a more formal restaurant named Roxy with matching neon letters outside in Fort Lane. We love the dark-moody ambience, the pressed metallic walls, the original (and still scorched) brickwork, the sofas, the bubble lighting and the outdoor patio overlooking Fort Lane.

All in All, Imperial Lane is a welcome addition to downtown Auckland. Not only does it enhance Fort Lane, it also enhances our choice of venues in the city. We wish them all the best with their new venture and welcome them with open arms. Related Post [Please Note that all images have copyright to Eye on Auckland].

11 Responses to “Fort Lane”

  • Geoff

    A friend of mine is working there and he took me on a tour of the place, it is fantastic. Now we have a decent place to go to for coffee after 4pm. Thanks for the photographs.

  • Alan

    Awesome, I thought that this will never be finished but now I see why it took so long. Great Job !

  • Osmand

    I am loving this, very retro and very funky. Great update, thanks.

  • Monster Munch

    Beaaauuuutiful. I love the whole industrial / chic thing. Is everything open for business ?

  • Trainfan

    I like it. if memory serves me well this building was empty for decades. What a great revival.

  • little_miss_muffet

    Absolutely fabulous.

  • MichaelL

    I took your word for it and popped in for a look-see and I was very impressed. Everybody’s courtyard bar is fantastic. Thanks for the information.

  • Goody2shoes

    I love this. The only thing that bothers me is the traffic down Fort Lane, they need speed bumps down there, cars race down the lane as if it is some motorway.

  • Mollybrown

    I finally found the time to pop in and I love it, well worth a visit and good value for money.

  • GerryH

    I visited yesterday and reminds me of some of the bars i’ve been to in europe. Fantastic place!

    much better than the awful pretentious service at the boat shed they call the Country Club.

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