Great minds at your local

After a beverage or two, many people – well-informed or not – slip easily into the role of critic and expert.

Associate Professor Liam Wotherspoon and Dr Rebecca Deed are among 20 academics 'raising the bar' on August 27.

After a beverage or two, many people – well-informed or not – slip easily into the role of critic and expert.

But on Tuesday 27 August at bars around Auckland, the people holding the room’s attention will be truly qualified to do so. The third annual Raising the Bar will be brought to local pubs and restaurants by the University of Auckland.

At 10 central Auckland bars, 20 academics will give public talks on subjects ranging from workplace humour and medieval beauty regimes, to the legalisation of cannabis, digital propaganda, and New Zealand Government corruption. The lecture sessions, held at 6.30pm and 8pm, are free to attend but must be booked at Raising the Bar 2019.

Raising the Bar is an international initiative, established in the United States and aimed at making education part of a city’s popular culture. It’s supported by universities including Columbia in New York, and Sydney and Western Australia as well as Auckland in this part of the world.

Last year more than 1500 people attended the lectures, with many selling out quickly beforehand.

La Zeppa Kitchen & Bar

Little Creatures Summer Pop-up

Mezze Bar

The Birdcage 

Shanghai Lil’s

Cameron Jones

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Everybody’s Bar and Restaurant

The Longroom

The Oak Room

Vodka Room

The Raising the Bar concept was started by a group of students in New York who wanted to bring the city’s brightest minds out of lecture halls and into neighbourhood bars, adding knowledge and better conversation to people’s nightlife.

Raising the Bar was introduced to Auckland three years ago and the concept remains the same. The event continues to attract fascinating speakers and capacity audiences in a friendly environment.

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