Stark's Café and Bar

Covid-19 Alert Level 3: Starks Café and Bar is closed until further notice. Please refer to the Ministry of Health’s Level 3 guidelines.

Stark's Café and Bar


Stark’s is a place to meet - after work, before a show or when you’re winding down your night. There are some special cocktails on the menu and the team works hard to make Stark’s a great place to visit.

Seeing a show at the Auckland Live Cabaret Season?

Stark’s Café and Bar will be open one hour prior to A Vintage Cabaret Cinema screenings and open from 5 pm for all other Cabaret events. Check out the special Auckland Live Cabaret Season menu below for tasty food options you can snack on and enjoy before or after a show!

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Behind the name

Stark’s Café and Bar is named after Freda Beatrice Stark. During World War II, she worked for the Colonial Ammunition Factory by day and danced at the cabaret and nightclub at The Civic’s Wintergarden by night.

There are many scandalous stories about Freda - the most often told is about one of her dancing costumes comprised of a g-string, a feathered headdress and gold body paint. No wonder she was nicknamed the Fever of the Fleet by the American troops.


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