Great place to listen to comedy in central Auckland - the home of New Zealand and International acts. Can be hit and miss depending on the night, and on the headliners performing. Monday / Tuesday nights tend to be amateur evenings, Wed / Thurs a bit more professional, and Friday / Saturday the obvious headliner nights.
Ticket prices seem to hover around the $20 mark - but prices can vary based on the night / performers. I've seen some truly terrible "comedians" here (who didn't raise a laugh) but I've also seen some great up and coming performers (at the time) like The Boy With Tape on His Face. All were the same ticket price!
Intimate and small venue that holds about 60 - 80 people or so. Great for a work night out, or for a group of friends after dinner. There's an on-site bar, and I find alcohol does tend to make the night more enjoyable (you should always drink responsibly however). Occasionally there are hecklers - they just add to the fun!
Parking nearby at the Auckland Council Aotea Square carpark is inexpensive. There are a few good restaurants near the Classic, like the popular Tanuki's Cave japanese restaurant, that would be good locations for a pre-show dinner option.
Still enjoy the comedy, but my experience with tickets recently wasn't so great. Left a message with a reservation as no answer on the phone. No return call. Called again, got my reservation. Night of show, called to confirm i was taking the tickets but due to work, wouldn't be there till right on start time, asked if they could note that with my reservation as i knew they only held tickets till 10mins before show, got told "no, I'm busy with customers, you'll be fine 10mins before show". RUDE!! Got there 10mins before show, my tickets were sold!!!
321 Queen St Auckland City Auckland
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